What I Write

My young adult novels are dark, edgy, and realistic. Although I love paranormal and fantasy books, I prefer to create stories that could really happen (and in many cases, really are happening). For me, the echo of a story set firmly in the real world always haunts me long after I've read the final word. If you like Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, and Neal Shusterman, you might like my books, too.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Show Me Your Indies!

Calling all independently published authors!

If you're a follower of my blog, you already know about my Five Faves reviews.  As a lover of books, and as a YA writer, I read a lot. A-L-O-T.  I've always got my ear to the ground for the latest, greatest works of fiction (whether best-sellers or unknowns) and I love to brag about them to my friends, colleagues, and (before my maternity leave) my high school students.

The latest craze seems to be self-pubbing, so, in honor of all those awesome folks out there who decided to forgo to the query letters, the agents, and the publishing houses, I want to find my Five Faves, Indie Style.

If you HAVE ALREADY SELF-PUBLISHED and your book is CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE, please contact me at laurastanford at ymail dot com to submit your indie novel for review.

Here are the guidelines:

1.) Books must be complete, published, and available for purchase (e-books only please) by the general public.

2.) Your book must be YA or MG, but all genres are welcome.  Submissions must be within the generally-accepted word count for the age group (no 250,000-word epic fantasies, please) and it must not contain language or content deemed unacceptable for the target audience. *I reserve the right to exclude vulgar or otherwise inappropriate submissions or submissions that are intended for adults or younger children.

3.) You must email me your e-book (PDF is preferred) on or before Memorial Day (11:59 p.m., EST) I was originally going to take paperbacks as well, but it's turned out to be too confusing.

4.) In the subject line, please put SHOW ME YOUR INDIES! so I don't lose your submission.  If you don't hear back from me within 3 days, please resend.

So, what's in it for you?

My Five Faves will be featured here on the blog, bragged about on Twitter & Facebook, and I'll lovingly write a review for you on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and/or any other site you'd like me to hit.  And, when I do get back into the classroom this fall, I'll hang up a large poster featuring the winners' covers and websites. FYI, there are about 2500 students in my high school, 45,000 YA/MG students in my district.

Still not enough?

If I choose your indie as my Spotlight book (My FAVE fave of the Five) I'll send you a bookish prize (still TBD) for being so awesome.

Once I've reviewed all the submissions, I'll contact the winners via email and post my results.  My goal (depending on how many submissions I receive) is to announce the winners before August 1st.  I know it seems like a long time to wait, but I want to read every book cover to cover, and enjoy it--the way books are meant to be read! 

Want more ways to promo your indie?  Check out IndieARCs and Novel Publicity on Facebook. 

Good luck!  I can't wait to see your indies!



  1. Hi, Laura! How cool is this? I'm sharing it with a couple of authors I know. One does YA and the other MG...I've read their books and hope they enter your contest. They're really good books! :)

  2. Jessie - I've started your book already and I'm LOVING it!!! Thanks so much for subbing!

    Kristy - Thanks for passing the word. I'd love for you to tweet the link, too. Don't forget to @mention me with @laurastanford_ so I can see it! ((hugs))


    1. Oops. I did tweet it the other day but forgot to add the Twitter handle. I'm half asleep anymore. :)

      The only two authors I know who might enter are Breeana Puttroff (YA) and Karen Toz (MG). I've read both of their books and all of them are good. Granted I don't read a whole lot of MG books, but this one was really good. And Breeana's series is totally awesome (I LOVE a lot of YA books). :)

  3. Laura,
    You rock.:) Talk about giving back my talented-writerly-friend! Cool contest...will Tweet.:)

  4. Hi! You have a copy of my book and directed me here. My book is The Forever Girl.

    I read through your post, though, and I'm not sure my book is a fit for this, unfortunately :( My book is between YA and Adult. It's "New Adult". I've had some people rate it as PG13. Since there is some cursing and adult situations, I usually recommend it for 18+ though I probably was reading similar content around the age of 16 myself. I've had a few teen readers read despite my warning, and they all said they thought it was fine, but I'm not one to judge on that. Maybe I'll let you decide after you read :)

    Anyway, just thought I would comment to let you know ... also so you aren't surprised when you read!

    1. Hi Rebecca! Thanks for the comment :o) Many YA novels do contain profanity, so I'm not worried about that. I look forward to reading and thanks for your submission!



About Me

I'm a writer of contemporary teen fiction. My bookshelf is SLAMMED with young adult novels and I should be on some sort of twelve step program for my spending habits in Barnes and Noble. And, for the record, I LIKE having real books, so no Nook or Kindle for this gal.