- Most of
our reviews are done by our staff and we prefer books be provided, but will
sometimes review from PDFs. Ask first.
- We only
review books published during the current or previous calendar year.
interested in negative reviews, however, discussion of a manuscript's strengths
and weaknesses might include negative aspects.
information must be included with submission along with the following: author
name, publisher, publication date, ISBN, price, page count.
have an ISBN to be considered for review.
Our focus is on publishers and authors who don't get much
attention from mainstream media. Since there are many of those and we like to
(at least) mention as many as possible, review lengths are important and
specific to genre:
Chapbooks (52 pages or less): up to 350 words.
Poetry or Short Fiction Collections: up to 600 words
Nonfiction : up to 800 words
The goal of reviews featured in The
Main Street Rag:
Connecting author to audience. If you can't think of an audience that would
enjoy reading a particular book, then we would not be interested in publishing
your review. We also don't run promo material disguised as review. If you have
a relationship with the author or press, we want to know what that relationship
is prior to considering the review and will scrutinize the review carefully for