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. We all know how easy it is to rant and rave online, but YABC is not the place for that. When you write a review on YABC, it's helpful to pretend you will be reading the review in front of your entire school. Be eloquent. Be informative. Give your opinion in a manner that is considerate of your audience. I know the Internet can seem nameless and faceless, but believe me, the Internet is an audience. Authors will read your reviews. Publishers will read your reviews. Teachers, parents, librarians, and other kids will read your reviews. Use your voice to help others like you find the books they truly enjoy. Don't use it to complain or rant or throw daggers at someone. Private book club meetings or face-to-face conversations with friends are a great place to express boiling frustration about a book. YABC, however, is a fun and positive environment for readers looking for their next favorite book. Let's keep it that way.

Other than that, 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 harrassing comments on reviews will not be tolerated. Your membership may be revoked and your comments deleted. Again, it's just a waste of time. 
 

I'm an author. Would you like to review my book?
If your book is published through a trade publisher, feel free to send an email detailing your book to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for consideration. If we think our staff reviewers would enjoy your book, we'll contact you with where to send it. Please be aware that we receive hundreds of books every year. We make every effort to review books in a timely manner, but some *may* be reviewed quite a bit down the line or not at all. Review copies received that are not reviewed are either donated or given away.

Additionally, please understand that YA Books Central does not require staff reviewers to review titles they don't like. They can, but they don't have to. If you send a book and it receives a negative review, please understand that things like that happen, and the opinions of that staff reviewer may not necessarily be the opinions of other YABC staffers.

 

Do you review independent or self-published books?
Believe us, we'd love to, but due to the high volume of books we receive from trade publishers, YABC staff reviewers are taking a break from reviewing independent and self-published books for the foreseeable future. We hope to start reviewing them again soon. Some of our staff reviewers may still review one here and there, depending on their backlog of ARCs, but that is up to them, individually.

Until then, we encourage you to add your Indie book to our database, then point your readers to our site so they can post their reviews on your book listing page. We also encourage self-published and independent authors to create a community profile so they can interact with our readers. See: How can I promote a book or author on your site? below for more information.


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! Please give us at least two weeks of advance notice, and understand that due to seasons of high demand we may not be able to accomodate all requests. 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 your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

How much does it cost to do a cover reveal on YABC?
It's free!



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.


How can I enter a book into your database so it shows up on your site?
It's simple! First, register an account with us. It's free! Then just click the Add a Book link in the menu bar at the top and fill out the form with as much information as you have. That's it! Once the book listing is reviewed and approved, the book will be visible on the website. If you are submitting a book that is part of a series, please do so in this format (number in series is optional):

Series: Book Title (Series Title # Number in Series)
For example: Foals in the Field (Animal Ark Series #2)


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


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.


Can you post a chapter of my book in your Excerpts section?
The excerpts section is currently unavailable. We hope to have it up and running in the near future. 


Hey, I submitted a bio/excerpt/interview and I don't see it yet. Where is it?
Bios, excerpts, and interviews have been temporarily removed from the site while we work on an improved submission system. We hope to get them back up in the near future.


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.


Where do the books you give away come from?
For monthly sponsored giveaways, a publisher or publicity company donates those copies. For our reader review giveaways, we choose from our Prize Shelf: a collection of books we've received for review. 


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!) volunteer 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?
Just drop us a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with all the details and we'll see what we can do. Contests/giveaways are planned months in advance and slots fill up quickly, so please don't wait! 

*Note* Due to too many unfulfilled commitments (where YABC was left holding the bag), we are no longer accepting giveaways from Indie or self-published authors. No exceptions. We feel horrible that a few irresponsible individuals had to ruin it for everyone else, but we are a volunteer-run organization and simply do not have the budget to cover these extra expenses.


I love the site! How can I help make it successful?
Thanks for asking! This site is a labor of love run by passionate volunteers. 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?
We are not looking for interview opportunities at this time.


I've written a book. Can you help me get it published?
No, I 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 ereaders, 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 $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 ASAP. You can't beat that price for instant, targeted advertising.

 

What qualifies as an "Independent publisher?"
Contrary to popular belief, "indie" does not solely mean "self-published." 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, 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!

 

Isn't this just a negative bias toward Indie authors/publishers?
Absolutely not. Half of our volunteer staff are Indie authors, both small press published and self-published! We LOVE being Indie authors, that's why we dedicated an entire section to these books on YABC. We bought the domain indiebookscentral.com, which we hope to drive even more traffic to in the coming months. We also hope to add volunteer reviewers to our team who solely review Indie books, so they get even more exposure on YABC. There is no negative bias here. In fact, we hope to be a major part of stopping the negative bias toward Indie pub online. Our Indie section is one step toward bridging that gap.

 


Isn't YABC a big Internet company? Why charge struggling small presses and authors $3.99 for a book listing?
YABC is far from a big Internet company, but we're flattered you think so! We definitely try to run YABC as professionally as we can, but the truth is, YABC is run by a handful of dedicated volunteers who do not get paid for their services. All of YABC's income goes toward keeping the website running smoothly (we get a TON of traffic, so hosting service is very pricey), as well as social media marketing efforts to keep children excited about books. We feel $3.99 is a small price to pay for such targeted exposure, and most Indie publishers and authors agree! Not only does $3.99 get a lifetime of advertising for a book on our website, but the proceeds help YABC stay afloat. Our community of teens, teachers, parents, librarians, and authors appreciate it!

 

 

LATEST YABC BLOG POSTS - BLOG TOURS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, AND GIVEAWAYS

  • Giveaway: The Ark by Laura Liddell (International)

    The Ark By Laura Liddell Nolen    Release Date: March 26, 2015   About the Book It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five ...

  • Giveaway: 5 To 1 by Holly Bodger (US & Canada Only)

    5 to1 By Holly Bodger Release Date: 5/12/15   About the Book Sudasa doesn't want to be a wife and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa's family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and p ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley + Giveaway (International)

    Hi, YABCers, and welcome to today's cover reveal! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED by Liz Coley, releasing May 1, 2015 from LCTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Liz:   Hi YABC! I’m thrilled to int ...

  • What's New in YA

      Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!   The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, ...

  • YABC Superstar of the Month: Ellie Gehman!

    YABC is a big site with a lot of moving pieces. We wouldn't exist without the tireless efforts of our incredible staff of volunteers. Our volunteers read and review books, post giveaways and cover reveals, format book graphics for our social media sites, and much more. YABC is a fabulous communit ...

  • MTV Movie Awards Recap

    Last night was a big night for YA book-to-movie adaptations at the MTV Movie Awards! Check out how many categories we won: MOVIE OF THE YEAR:    BEST KISS:   BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: Dylan O'Brien The Maze Runner BEST FEMALE PERFORMAN ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen + Giveaway (US Only)

      Hello, YABC! We've got a special reveal for you today! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE by M.G. Buehrlen, releasing April 14, 2015 from Diversion Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from M.G.:   ...

  • It's live!! Cover Reveal: Starflight by Melissa Landers + Giveaway (International)

    Hi, YABCers, and welcome to the second cover reveal of the week! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for STARFLIGHT by Melissa Landers, releasing February 2, 2016 from Disney Hyperion. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Melissa:   Hey, YAB ...

  • Trailer Reveal: Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby + Giveaway (US Only)

    Hello, YABCers! We're bringing you a different kind of reveal today! Today we're super excited to celebrate the trailer reveal for THINGS WE KNOW BY HEART by Jessi Kirby, releasing April 21, 2015 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the trailer, here's a note from Jessi:   ...

  • Author Top 5 with Fonda Lee

    Today we welcome Fonda Lee to YABC! Fonda’s newly released book ZEROBOXER (Flux/Llewellyn) is high-action science fiction novel that releases this week. Since all authors want their books to find the right readers, Fonda has compiled this handy quiz to help you determine if you are the sort ...

  • Diversify Your Shelves With WNDB!

    Columnist: Maurene Goo   It’s very exciting to write the debut post for this new series of diversity recs for YABC! As a member of We Need Diverse Books and as a YA author who started this entire journey because I wanted to see books that reflected something close to my teen years in ...

  • Giveaway: Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman (US& CAN Only)

    Shadow Scale By Rachel Hartman Release Date: March 10, 2015   About the Book In her Morris Award-winning and New York Times bestselling debut, Rachel Hartman took our breath away with an utterly original alternative-medieval world full of dragons, Seraphina. This novel ...

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