Get Your Writing Reviewed by Major Publications for Free

All Writers need the press, especially new writers. As a new novelist, I know I need name recognition. The best way for me to get the public to learn about my novel, The League, I figured, was to get some reviews in major magazines and newspapers.

Now, being unknown, this might seem like a tall task. It really isn't. In fact, I was shocked by how simple it really is.

In looking for media coverage for the May 2005 release of my novel, I first decided to approach magazines that focus on the area that is most closely related to the plot of my novel. So, I started with fantasy football magazines and websites, since my novel, The League, is about a group of wealthy men who play fantasy football for $30 million prize.

My approach was simple but effective. I e-mailed the editor or publisher of as many magazines and web sites as I could find that focus on professional football and fantasy football. I sent them the synopsis of my book, and I told them that my book has major appeal, because it is the only work of fiction of its kind. Then, I asked them for a review in their magazine or just a quote that I could put on the dust cover of my novel, with a tagline that would also promote their magazine or web site.

I found this method of self-promotion to be a lot like sales. I got about a five percent return -- that is five percent of the people I contacted actually gave me a review or a quote. All, just because I asked.

So, when you write your article, short story or novel, don't hesitate to ask people to review your work. You'll be shocked at the results.

Mark Barnes is the author of the new novel, The League, the first work of fiction, based on fantasy football. He is also an investment real estate and home loan finance expert. Learn more about his suspense thriller at http://www.sportsnovels.com. Get his free mortgage finance course at http://www.winningthemortgagegame.com

In The News:

Get Over Yourself and Start Writing in Comic Sans  LifehackerEveryone who writes for fun or profit dreads sitting down to work only to end up staring at a blank document for hours on end. Writer's block comes for us all ...
Letter: Comedy writing  Concord MonitorBill Bunker continues to entertain us with his most recent unintentionally comical letter (Monitor, Dec. 14). Snatching at various groups that flit by his eye ...
Have you a flare for dairy farming...and writing?  AgrilandAgriLand is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic agricultural graduate to join the team as a Technical Journalist, with a special focus on dairy farming.
Ex-Speaker of the House John Boehner writing a memoir  Page SixTear-prone former Speaker of the House John Boehner is writing a memoir. The tome, “Notes From a Smoke-Filled Room,” will tout the pol's old-school style, we ...
‘KKK’ writing, racial epithets draw interest in 5-year-old girl’s killing  WECTRace could have been a factor in the sexual assault and murder of a 5-year-old girl in a rural Pender County community, according to court documents unsealed ...
Dragon Quest 11's localization is the most brilliant, underappreciated writing of the year  PC GamerI've never had a talent for haiku, or any poetry, but for Dragon Quest 11, I just have to give it a try. Here goes: Towns bursting with life.
The Worst Couple In Media Is Writing A Book  DeadspinIf you haven't heard, white-supremacist whisperer Olivia Nuzzi and guy who was fired from the New Yorker after a sexual misconduct investigation Ryan Lizza ...
Dream job: the writer paid to send millions to sleep  The GuardianWith sleep problems on the rise, Phoebe Smith was tasked with writing stories deliberately designed to help people nod off – with the help of Stephen Fry and ...
Rick Morton found writing his memoir painful enough. Then he had to read it aloud  The GuardianWith One Hundred Years of Dirt a runaway success, the author talks about class in Australia and why his book hit a nerve.
Did Dubas hint that the writing is on the wall for Jake Gardiner?  TSNLeafs Lunch host Andi Petrillo with Gord Miller and Pierre LeBrun discuss Kyle Dubas comments about hoping to get Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner signed ...
How can children discover the magic of Christmas? By writing cards  The GuardianSending and receiving cards remind us of the true spirit of the season, says Helen Cullen, author of The Lost Letters of William Woolf.
Anzac bus monitor fired for writing letter 'expressing his feelings to a young girl': Northland  Fort McMurray TodayA bus monitor for Anzac Community School has been fired after the school district said he “wrote a note expressing his feelings to a young girl.” A letter sent to ...
How writing a weekly note gave D Shivakumar the energy to lead  Economic TimesMaintaining open lines of communication while restructuring a business or shaping culture can be difficult for most CEOs. But according to D Shivakumar, the ...
Writing with iPad Pro: Integrating Shortcuts and drag & drop into my workflow, USB-C hub flaws  9to5MacIn the third party of the trilogy, I go over using Shortcuts, drag & drop, and USB-C peripherals to get my work done on iPad Pro.
Work Life Are you making one of these 4 common business writing mistakes?  Fast CompanyFrom using the wrong tone to burying the message, professional writing coaches share the most common–and serious–business writing mistakes they see.
Frank Oz says Disney's Muppets writing lacks 'depth and honesty'  SYFY WIREWho doesn't love a glamorous pig, a bear who thinks he's a standup comedian, a blue guy who hangs out with singing chickens, and a frog that's actually ...
Souness: The writing was on the wall for Mourinho  RTE.ieGraeme Souness says it was inevitable that Manchester United would part ways with Jose Mourinho. This morning the club announced that it had parted ways ...
The Posts We Hated Writing in 2018  LifehackerTrust us, we did not enjoy telling you that steaming your vagina could burn you. Nor did we really want to write any of the posts below. But we live in the real ...
Don't Spend Your Holiday Break Writing  The Chronicle of Higher EducationIn the third installment of this series on writing productivity, a quick lesson in how to take semester breaks off — forever.
INSIDER is hiring a paid writing intern for art videos  Business InsiderINSIDER is hiring a paid social video writing intern to join our expanding social video team. This writer would focus on creating stories that revolve around art.
Story Guild Provides Sounding Board for Budding Writers  Publishers WeeklyEmerging middle grade and young adult novelists looking to share their work and gain feedback from fellow writers have a new opportunity to consider, thanks ...
Perth driver caught writing with pen and note pad behind the wheel  The West AustralianA Perth motorist has taken distracted driving to new levels after they were filmed writing at the wheel in Midland. Terry Doessel filmed the driver of a white SUV ...
Some migrants have a number in black ink written on their arms. Here's why.  CNNTo some, the thought of asylum-seekers on the US-Mexico border with numbers written in black ink on their arms carries disturbing echoes of the Holocaust.
EXCLUSIVE: Priyanka Gandhi writing a book, to release a month before 2019 Lok Sabha elections  Times NowNew Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is writing a book which will be released just before the Lok Sabha Elections ...
The app that makes writing less lonely  BBC NewsAn app is encouraging young authors to take up creative writing, by getting them to work in teams on their mobiles.
Where has the joy of writing gone and how do we get it back for our children?  The Conversation AUThere needs to be more opportunity in school and at home for students to learn to write for enjoyment.
At last, we get a local bookshop. But I fear the writing is on the wall  The GuardianThe online possibilities have spoiled customers like us, says the Guardian columnist Emma Brockes.
Help Wanted: Now Hiring Staff Writer, Daily Editor, and Other Eater Jobs  EaterEater is looking for smart, talented people to join our team. Currently, we have open positions for a daily editor, staff writer, Eater Seattle editor, and ...
What colonial writing about Indian birds reveals about the British Raj  Scroll.inThe wealth of British writing about birds doesn't just tell us about the avian creatures but also about how they lived and interacted in India.
An NHL Player With an Unusual Side Gig: Writing Children’s Books  Wall Street JournalThe Maple Leafs' Zach Hyman wrote three children's books while in the process of scoring 89 points in 210 NHL games.
This Intelligent Writing Assistant Improves Your Spelling, Grammar, and Style  Interesting EngineeringUnlike most spell-checking apps that use limited algorithms to make decisions when it comes to spelling and grammar, WhiteSmoke Writing Assistant uses ...
Freeman, SLA receive $3.5 million gift for finance, writing programs  News from TulaneTulane University's A. B. Freeman School of Business and the School of Liberal Arts are the beneficiaries of a new $3.5 million gift from Carole B. and Kenneth J.
Cool Girl Cazzie David Is Writing a Book  VultureCazzie David is doing better than fine, actually. The 24-year-old daughter of Curb Your Enthusiasm's Larry David and his ex-wife Laurie David has announced ...
KORN Guitarist On Upcoming Album: 'We're Writing With Different People'  BLABBERMOUTH.NETKORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch spoke to Revolver about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "The Serenity...
Author Alice Walker criticized for endorsement of controversial writer David Icke  Fox News"The Color Purple" author Alice Walker has been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League after she endorsed a book by conspiracy theorist David Icke in a New ...
FLASHBACK 2018 | When Bollywood began to empower its writers  Times NowAs 2018 comes to an end, here's looking at the times Bollywood empowered its writers, lauded their work and came out in open about how the monetary ...
Scholars Talk Writing: Hyphens, Oxford Commas, and Pronoun Preferences  The Chronicle of Higher EducationWhile in a master's program in English, Mary Norris started reading The New Yorker and realized that academe was not for her. She jumped off the academic ...
Valley native lands writing position with TV sitcom 'The Goldbergs'  Youngstown VindicatorBy GUY D'ASTOLFO. [email protected] Donielle Muransky might have taken the long way to becoming a television screen writer, but when she arrived she ...
Zach Brown sees 'writing on the wall'  NBCSports.comAfter getting benched last week in an embarassing loss to the Giants, Zach Brown believes the 'writing is on the wall' for his departure from the Redskins.
Tulane gets $3.5 million from alumni to enhance finance, writing programs  NOLA.comKenneth and Carole Boudreaux have strong ties to Tulane's A.B. Freeman School of Business and the School of Liberal Arts. (Photo via Tulane University) ...
Drawing is better than writing for memory retention  Science DailyResearchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if people weren't good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than ...
Writing pro wrestling  Cageside SeatsThe nature of what writers for a promotion like WWE are asked to do makes it damn near impossible to be consistently excellent, or even very good.
Tegan and Sara are writing a memoir, will be published in Sept. 2019  CBC.caIndie pop band Tegan and Sara are writing a memoir. The book, titled High School, will be released on Sept. 24, 2019. High School will share the life story of the ...
CHP writing at least 60 tickets a day along stretch of I-5 in Kern County  KMPH Fox 26A long stretch of Interstate 5 in Kern County that ends at the Grapevine has become a drag strip for drivers. California Highway Patrol officers are writing 60-70 ...
Things of Latvia: Not writing about the "Caurvējš"  Eng.Lsm.lvThis is the last Thing of Latvia. Looking back, we have written about more than 30 different Things of Latvia. Some have proved popular, some not. Some have ...
Comedians Share the Best Jokes They’ve Written While Stoned  MERRY JANEWhat do white noise apps, Planet Earth, “Space Jam,” “Free Willy” and mean Martha Stewart have in common? They're all joke fodder, written by comedians ...
Undrafted Leason on cusp of writing unlikely breakthrough story  TSNTSN reporter Mark Masters checks in daily with news and notes on Team Canada, which wraps up its World Junior Selection Camp with a scrimmage against ...
Patriotic writing  Fort Dodge MessengerStudent participants in the annual VFW Post 1856 Patriot Pen essay-writing competition had a simple question to answer this year: Why I honor the American fl.
Britain is in danger of writing ‘blank cheque’ on child benefit for EU nationals after Brexit, warns Priti Pat  The SunThe Government's Brexit deal suggests social security payments for overseas workers will not change once we leave the EU says former Cabinet Minister Priti ...
St. Andre Bessette students writing seniors' biographies  The London Free PressOne served in France during the final days of the Second World War, moved on to intelligence work in occupied Japan and later landed at the Pentagon.
Cher announces she's writing her 'life story,' book to publish in 2020  Entertainment Weekly NewsBelieve: Cher is writing her life story. Or so the legendary singer-actress revealed on Twitter Tuesday evening. “Book due out in first part of 2020,” she teased.
5 weak words that make your writing less effective  LaddersWords matter. They're what make your arguments more compelling, your prose stronger, and your craft more captivating when writing.
Jayson Stark on the Art of Baseball Writing  FanGraphsJayson Stark received a standing ovation from his BBWAA colleagues when it was announced that he is being honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
SC restaurant fires employee who wrote homophobic slur on napkin given to customer  WIS10COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia restaurant has apologized on social media after a customer says someone she was dining with was giving a napkin with a ...
Allegations on Rafale was fictional writing, compromising with national security: Arun Jaitley  Economic TimesFinance Minster Arun Jaitley Friday dubbed allegations on the Rafale jet deal as "fiction writing" that compromised national security, after the Supreme Court ...
Michael's essay: A new survey shows how poorly writers are paid in this country  CBC.caIf you made a grand total of $9380, down somewhat from the year before, but you love your job — congratulations. You are a Canadian writer.”
Margaret Atwood Is Writing A Sequel To 'The Handmaid's Tale'  NPRAtwood said that she was inspired by readers' questions about the dystopian world of Gilead — and, she says, by "the world we've been living in." It's set to be ...
Trump could give Robert Mueller more written answers  Washington ExaminerPresident Trump could answer another round of special counsel Robert Mueller's questions in writing, according to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
A year of writing this column brings few hoagies, a lot of news | Maria Panaritis  Philly.comThis was supposed to be a busy news year beyond Philly and across Pennsylvania. But midterms, AND clergy abuse AND all the rest? New columnist Maria ...
It's 5am as I sit writing this  Meath ChronicleIt's five o'clock in the morning as I sit in front of the laptop to start writing this. The rain is battering on the windows, but it's not the rain that's keeping me awake.
Rollins & more join WWE writers discussing challenges of writing Raw  Cageside SeatsLots of fans think they can do it better, but the pros are lining up to explain why it's not as easy as we think.
Lungisa Xhamela on writing love letters, music & baby mamas  TimesLIVELungisa Xhamela has lifted the lid on his love life, inspirations and heartbreak, even sharing his gratitude that he was able to swerve all the baby mama drama.
Daily Slop: Zach Brown sees ‘writing on the wall’ and expects to leave Redskins after season; Jay Gruden does…  Hogs HavenZach Brown sees 'writing on the wall' and expects to leaves Redskins after the season | NBC Sports Washington After getting benched last week in an ...
Writing Papers on Phones | Confessions of a Community College Dean  Inside Higher EdIs a smartphone a necessity for college students today?
The 2018 ComicBook.com Golden Issue Award for Best Writer  Comicbook.comThe year is almost drawing to a close, meaning that it's time for everyone to look back on the stories and media that brought them joy over the past 365 days.
Tegan & Sara are writing a tell-all memoir  DazedFor about 20 years indie-pop icons and identical twins Tegan & Sara have been grilled from all corners about their personal and professional lives, but the duo ...
Cibulkova starts writing 'fun and colorful' memoir  WTA TennisDominika Cibulkova has announed that she is underway with writing her memoir. The Slovakian, a former Australian Open finalist and WTA Finals champion in ...
Timothy Zahn is writing a new Thrawn novel  The VergeLucasfilm and Del Rey Books revealed today that Timothy Zahn is writing a new Star Wars novel, Thrawn: Treason, returning to the classic character that he ...
New Ms Marvel Writer Seeks Mistakes Men Make When Writing About Teenage Girls  Bleeding Cool NewsWomen (or anyone who was a teenage girl, however you identify now) what single thing do you most hate that male writers get wrong about being a teenage girl ...
The worst sex writing in 2018 is by all men  EW.comHaruki Murakami and James Frey were among the long list of contenders for the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction award.
Spotted: CanucksArmy writers in Canucks press box  The ProvinceAn eye-raising quartet of faces — in a good way — were spotting on press row Tuesday night before the Canucks host the Lightning at Rogers Arena: ...
DPM's aide denies writing 'support letters' for bid  MalaysiakiniThe viral letter is of no value, explains DPM's political secretary.
Stolen thunder: Keira Knightley's Colette champions overlooked female writers  The GuardianFilms such as Colette and The Wife are eager to tell the stories of female authors whose husbands took credit for their work – and it's a battle that still isn't won.
'A house for writers' coming to N. Bennington  Bennington BannerNORTH BENNINGTON — An early 20th century building in North Bennington formerly used as a nursing home will soon have new life as a nonprofit writing ...
Writer seeks records of probe into Pentagon Papers leak  KKTV 11 NewsA Harvard University professor and writer for The New Yorker is asking a court to order the release of documents related to two grand juries that sat in Boston ...
Mighty Writers El Futuro to host Mexican holiday celebration  South Philly ReviewOn Wednesday, Dec. 19, Mighty Writers will host a traditional Mexican holiday celebration at El Futuro headquarters, located at 1025 South 9th Street at 5:30 ...
WFU events to feature Ammons poetry, honor 2018 Writers Hall of Fame inductees | Wake Forest  Wake Forest University News CenterTo celebrate Wake Forest writers and writing, the University will host “About Ammons” and “Words Awake” on campus Dec. 7-8. The events are free and open to ...
Female writers rule at Irish Book Awards  RTE.ieAn exceptionally strong year for female writing was celebrated at this year's An Post Irish Book Awards, with women authors dominating the winners list for first ...
Doctors writing fewer opioid prescriptions for chronic pain sufferers  Boston 25 NewsNationally, opioid prescriptions are down more than 22 percent, according to the American Medical Association and few are feeling the pinch more than the ...
Boxing Writers Association of America finalizes ballot for year-end awards  ESPNThe Boxing Writers Association of America has finalized the ballot for its 2018 awards in eight categories. The nominees for the organization's most prestigious ...
Hafiz Saeed pens column in Pakistani newspaper as contributing writer  India Today2008 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed has donned the hat of a column writer for a leading Urdu newspaper, stirring a debate among journalists as to ...
Trump lawyers submit president's answers in writing to Mueller questions  The GuardianLawyers and Mueller had been in negotiations for months over whether Trump would be interviewed by Mueller in person.
NYT Writer Critical of White Men Blasts Twitter as ‘Misery Machine’  TheWrapNew York Times writer Sarah Jeong skewered Twitter in a series of tweets, accusing the company of failing to take action against her racist trolls.
Writing 'Eighth Grade' as a tribute to young people — and all their uncertainty  Los Angeles TimesTrue teen videos exist in startling contrast to the clean, controlled teen voice of television and films, writes "Eighth Grade writer-director Bo Burnham.
Little girl reunited with her missing cat after writing heartbreaking letter to Santa  WJW FOX 8 News ClevelandCANFIELD, Ohio -- When a little girl's cat went missing right before the holidays, she knew exactly who she had to ask for help. Santa Claus himself. Monique ...
This Hallmark Christmas movie script written by a bot is the Christmas movie we all need  Fast CompanyThe script includes a “single mother refilling snow globes with Christmas juice,” of course.
Allegations on Rafale 'fiction writing'; disrupters have lost on all counts: Arun Jaitley  Economic TimesFinance Minster Arun Jaitley Friday dubbed allegations on the Rafale jet deal as "fiction writing" that compromised national security, after the Supreme Court ...
F&O: Put writing signals Nifty’s supports shifting higher; VIX still a worry  Economic TimesOn the options front, maximum Put open interest was at 10000 followed by 10200 strikes.
Amitav Ghosh becomes the first writer in English to win Jnanpith  Times of IndiaIndia News: Amitav Ghosh has won the 54th Jnanpith award this year for his contribution to literature. The Bharatiya Jnanpith's statement made note of the ...
Writing with iPad Pro: Doing real work on a portable, LTE-enabled computer  9to5MacCan an iPad Pro be a computer substitute? Here's what it's like to do real work with iPad Pro on a daily basis for two weeks straight...
Mal Young Exits ‘Young And The Restless’ As Head Writer & EP  DeadlineMal Young has exited The Young and The Restless as head writer and executive producer, Deadline has confirmed. No replacement has been named as of yet.
Isabel Allende: 'I get over grudges by writing'  BBC NewsAuthor Isabel Allende is one of this year's BBC 100 Women and in an interview with Kirsty Wark, explains how writing has helped her get over grudges and loss ...
Bad writing can still keep readers gripped  The GuardianBrief letters: Andrew Neil | Hadrian's Wall | Dan Brown | Lady Bracknell | Fall in house prices.
Melania Trump accuses journalists of being ‘opportunists’ writing a false history  MarketWatchIf we didn't know better, we might believe Melania Trump was actually criticizing Fox News host and doting Trump superfan Sean Hannity right to his face when ...
Christmas Gifts: Five inspiring books written for girls  Communities Digital NewsFor parents who likes giving books as a present, or a last minute gift ideas for the girls in your life, here are books for the girls in your life.
We Need Writers Now More Than Ever. Our Democracy Depends On It  TIMEPulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan on the importance of writers in the fight to uphold democracy.
Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage  NPRThough best-known for his auteur work, the mastermind of Hamilton and In the Heights says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical.
Senate passes sweeping prison reform measure co-written by Sen. Mike Lee  Salt Lake TribuneWashington • In one of his biggest legislative achievements, Sen. Mike Lee's push to reform the criminal justice system passed the Senate on Tuesday night, ...
'Diary' written by 'tourist who visited Sex Island resort'  Daily MailA 'diary' supposedly written by a married dentist who attended an infamous Sex Island festival has emerged online - apparently written in between drug-fuelled ...

Get Published: The Nuts and Bolts of Good English, and How to Impress a Publisher (1)

Not all writers write good grammar. That's a fact. It's... Read More

How to Outline your Book and Chapters with Mindmapping

Mindmapping is better than linear outlining because authors can use... Read More

Hey Cient, this is Me! Find Your Writing Voice and Sell Yourself

In a crowded market, clients will be seeking personality as... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 4 of 6

LATER, LATTERLater means afterwards; latter is the second of two... Read More

Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue

Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded... Read More

The Top Five Mistakes That Companies Make with Regard to Technical Documentation

I've seen it time and again. One of the most... Read More

Be Your Own Literary Agent and Get Published

So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to... Read More

Should I Keep Writing?

Writers are an insecure lot.It's easy to understand why. You... Read More

How To Break Into Print Publishing

The big question. Do you submit directly to the publishers,... Read More

Writers can Grow to be Comfortable with Criticism

On my first newspaper assignment as a critic, I was... Read More

Essay Types and Modes Youll Need to Write for College

~TYPES~You Want Us to Write What? Understanding the Task AssignedWhich... Read More

Bird by Bird

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by marketing. First, there's so... Read More

Authors-Stop Expensive Mistakes Before you Spend on Professional Services

So many clients come to me as a book or... Read More

Five Common Errors to Correct Before Submitting a Letter or Report

First impressions count in writing too! So it is always... Read More

Generating Nonfiction Book Titles Without a Hassle

The process of developing a working title for your nonfiction... Read More

Time-Saving Skills to Get More from Your Writing

As you set out to create your first niche non-fiction... Read More

Write Strategy: Think, Believe, Attack

Think of writing like karate...it's about DISCIPLINE.Writing, like other forms... Read More

Top Seven Mistakes Writers Make and What to Do About Them

Writers often get stuck because they make assumptions about writing,... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 1 of 6

ACCEPT, EXCEPT Not commonly seen even from unpublished writers, who... Read More

The ENTP Inventor Writes A Novel

People familiar with the Myers-Briggs Personality test know that the... Read More

Is The Theme Reinforced In The Ending?

Creative Writing Tips ?By now you should have an idea... Read More

What Does It Take To Make Your Memories Into Publishable Memoirs?

Why should you consider creating a memoir of your personal... Read More

Journaling

How many of you take the time to really write... Read More

7 Writing Muse Kickers to Fill Up That Blank Page

Nothing is more daunting for any writer than having to... Read More

10 Best Writers Who Ever Lived

Compiling a list of the history's ten best writers is... Read More