FAQs

I just joined the YABC Community. What do I do now?
Hey, thanks for joining! We're so happy you're here! There are many ways to start interacting with the YABC Community. Post a review of a recent book you read, add a book to our database that isn't there, join (or start!) a book club or discussion group, upload an avatar, send some friend requests, enter our giveaways, browse book listings, check out some community videos. Whatever you choose to do on YABC, we hope you have fun and spread the word about all the awesome new books you discover here. 
 

What are the guidelines for posting reviews?
First of all, YABC does not allow flaming or trolling. We cannot stress this enough. Your reviews should be helpful to the book community. You can certainly post a negative review if you didn't like a book, but you must explain why you didn't like it in a helpful and courteous manner. 

You may only post your own review. Copying and pasting other readers' reviews from other sites onto a review for your own book will result in those reviews being deleted and may result in you being banned from this site.

Please do not use profanity or post meaningless gobbledygook. Your review will just be deleted. 

Do not flag a review unless it has inappropriate content. Our staff must personally assess each flagged review, and flagging for the fun of it just wastes time for everyone involved. 

Negative or harassing comments on reviews will not be tolerated. Your membership may be revoked and your comments deleted. Again, it's just a waste of time. 

Reviews that YABC's management suspect are paid reviews to try to boost a book's rating will be deleted.
 

I'm an author or publicist and would like to know how to sign up for a giveaway, a cover reveal, a blog post, an ad, or a social media spot. 

Click here!

I'm an author. Would you like to review my book?
We accept review requests from indie authors (small press, independent press, and self pub) and traditionally published authors (mid to large-sized press, such as Candlewick, Harper Collins, Entangled, Scholastic etc). We have a dedicated review team for both. (All reviewers must pass the same application and receive the same training. This is simply how we divide our work load.) All books received will be featured in one of our monthly Book Hauls (either for paperback copies or e-copies). 

If you are with a small press, an independent press, or are self-published, please send a pitch letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration. If you are with a mid to large-sized press, please send a pitch letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration. A pitch letter should include the book's title, genre, publisher, link to Amazon listing (if available), release date, synopsis, and contact person's name and email. If we think our staff reviewers would enjoy your book, we'll contact you with where to send it.  Please do not send multiple pitch letters for the same book, and only pitch one book (or series) per pitch letter.

Review Policy: We do not guarantee reviews. All books received at our office go into our monthly Book Haul video to introduce the title to our audience and to give our staff a chance to request books for review. Any book not requested goes into the subsequent month's video. Any book not requested at that time moves to our prize shelf for use in YABC giveaways or donations to local school libraries 

IMPORTANT: Do not contact our staff reviewers directly with review requests. They will not respond. Repeated contacts will result in your email being blocked. 

 Do you review independent or self-published books?

Yes. See above.


What's the deal with the review books at YABC? Do publishers pay you?
The short answer to that is no. Publishers and authors do not pay YA Books Central editors to post reviews. Click here for the full disclosure. That said, trade publishers are the main supporters of YABC. Their tireless marketing efforts drive continuous traffic to our site, keeping YABC alive. This allows us to grow as a reading community.

 

I'm an author/publisher/publicist interested in YABC hosting a cover reveal for a book. How do I make that happen?


Great! We love doing cover reveals! Cover images must be appropriate for the YABC and KBC audiences, and we reserve the right to turn down any cover that has content we deem inappropriate for the students that visit our site. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and include your book's title, genre, and publisher or self-pub.



How can I contact YABC?
You can email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries we receive daily, it may take up to a week or more to receive a response. Please do not email more than once. If your question is answered on this FAQs page, then your email may not be answered at all. We hold regular office hours Monday through Friday.



I don't agree with a book review I saw on this site! What can I do?
That's great! If everyone thought the same way, this would be a boring planet. Please submit a book review of your own so you can share your opinion with others. But remember, no personal attacks or flames. YABC reserves the right to delete any review for any reason.


I'm an author/publisher/editor/book promoter. How can I promote a book or author on your site?
There are quite a few ways. First and foremost, make sure the author's name and book are in our database. After that, the author should create a membership to our site and fill out a community profile so they can share a link to their website, share book trailers, and more.

  1. Add a book/author

Finally, we offer a variety of promotional services to authors. You can read about those HERE.

 


I noticed inappropriate content on the site. What can I do?
If you notice something inappropriate in a review (such as profanity or gobbledygook or personally identifiable information like a phone number or email address), you can report that review by clicking on the exclamation icon at the bottom right of the review. The review link will then be sent to us so we can take appropriate action (either editing or deleting the review). If a reader has inappropriate content on their community profile, or they are using their community profile to harass another user, you can click the "Report this user" icon at the top of their profile page.



I have a paper to write. Can you write it for me?
You're certainly welcome to search the site for the info you need, but the whole purpose of going to school is learning things yourself. Having someone write something for you or hand it to you on a silver platter kind of defeats the purpose. Not to mention we've got lots more fun things to do, like read new books.


Where can I find out what's new on the site?
The best place to go is the home page of YABC or KBC. All the latest staff reviews will be showcased there, as well as any important announcements we may make. You can also check out the YA Books Central Blog, and follow the blog to stay informed. There you'll find a listing of all the latest stuff posted to the site, announcements, interviews, giveaway news, and things like that.


Hey! I submitted a review and it wasn't posted! What gives?
Well, it might be because your review didn't qualify for posting. A review MUST contain some merit. Just saying "I love it" or "I hate it" isn't enough, and repeating the exact same thing for more than one book definitely doesn't count. Reviews must also be over 250 characters long and less than 8000 characters (though most people never come close to the limit). Check out How to Write a Book Review for some hints on what a good review contains. You don't have to have all of the elements by any means, but it will give you an idea what we're looking for.


How long will it take for you to review my book?
That's hard to say. It varies for every staff reviewer we have. Sometimes we'll get to it quickly, other times it may be quite a while. We don't have a set time frame because a lot of factors affect when a book is reviewed: a) how many books are already in our review queue, b) whether we're already working with an author and/or publisher to coordinate a review with a book's launch, c) our personal interest in the book (hey, we're human), d) the potential interest level of the site readers, e) whether we've recently reviewed another of your books or even books from the same publisher or a book with the same general plot.


Can you publish my book?
Nope. YABC is not a publisher.

 

Do you ever not review a book sent to you?
Yes. At this point, YABC receives so many books for review that there is no way to review them all, even with all of the (awesome!)  staff reviewers who work on the site. At times, books will also not be reviewed because the reviewer didn't like it, or because it is the 5th book in a series (for example) and none of our staff reviewers have read the previous books. Books that are not reviewed eventually wind up on the Prize Shelf or are donated to a worthy cause.


I'm interested in advertising on your site. What do I need to do?
Great! Please fill out this form for advertising info. We'll send you an Ad Kit right away.


I'm a publisher/author/publicist and I'd like to sponsor a giveaway on the site. What do I do?
Email C.J. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Contests/giveaways are planned months in advance, and slots fill up quickly, so please don't wait! 


I love the site! How can I help make it successful?
Thanks for asking! There are a number of ways you can help out:

  • Most importantly: Get the word out! Tell your friends, your neighbors, your enemies! The more people that visit, the better. If you have a website, please add a link to the site. You can also add an awesome YABC badge to your site! Pick out your favorite one here: YABC Badges
     
  • Enter the giveaways!
     
  • Participate! Enter the contests and giveaways. Submit reader reviews! Chat with others in the YABC community! Leave a comment on a review! Start a discussion! Start a fan group! Read other people's reviews! Check out our blog!
     
  • Advertise on the site! (We will, however, only accept ads that are family friendly and on-topic.)



Hey, I won a prize. Do I have to pay for shipping?
Nope. Free really does mean free on YABC!


I'm an author/editor/publicist/illustrator. Would you like to interview me?
You may send a pitch letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The pitch letter should include the interviewee's name and bio, book title, book synopsis, and relevant topics the interviewee can discuss. We encourage anyone who is chosen for an interview to add a giveaway to the post to encourage high traffic to your post. C.J. will give you information on how to set that up. If we have space on our calendar and a staff member interested in conducting the interview, you will be contacted. 


I've written a book. Can you help me get it published?
No, we can't. But we did put together a page of hints and tips to help you get started.

 

What is the "Indies" section?

The Indies section highlights the latest small press and self-published books added to YABC. Readers are always asking us for great Indie suggestions to download on their e-readers, so we developed this section to make it easier for them to locate awesome, affordable Indie books with one click.

 

I'm an Indie author. How do I list my book in the Indie section?
All small press or self-published books must be added to YABC through our Indie section. If you are the publisher/publicist/author, simply go to the "Add a Book" link in the top menu bar, then select YA Indie or Kids Indie when adding your book to our database. There is a one-time $3.99 fee for each Indie book added to our site. Payments are handled via PayPal. Once paid, your listing will appear in our database after being approved by our listings manager. 

What qualifies as an "Independent publisher?"
Independent publishers include small presses, small university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. Some of these publishers pay royalties and distribute their books to major online bookstores.

 

What qualifies as a "Trade publisher?"
Trade publishers are publishers who pay advances to their authors, receive submissions through literary agents, and distribute their physical books to all major brick-and-mortar bookstores (including stores like Wal-Mart, Costco, Target, etc.). Trade publishers include Scholastic, Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Tor, MacMillan, Candlewick, Entangled, Lee and Low, Peachtree, OwlKids, Penguin Random House, etc.

 

Why do Indie authors have to pay for a listing, but trade publishers don't?
Trade publishers are the main supporters of YABC. Their books and immense marketing efforts across the globe drive hundreds of thousands of targeted readers to YABC each month. Without them, YABC would cease to exist. Without them, no one would see our Indie section. So, in a way, trade marketing helps independent authors, too!

 

 

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