Frequently Asked Questions
How can I ask the staff at Fresh Fiction a question?
Whether you want to know about an obscure series or particular character you read about years ago or how to contact your favorite author, we'll do our best to get you an answer.
Please send your questions to: Ask Fresh Fiction
Where can I buy the books I see on the Fresh Fiction web site?
Each book page has a link under the book's cover image for online purchasing from either Amazon, Book Sense or some cases the individual publisher.
How do I subscribe to the newsletters mentioned on this site?
Subscribing is easy at Fresh Fiction. Simply select the link "Newsletters" at the top right of a page and click. You'll go to our Newsletter subscription page where all our newsletters are listed. You can choose to subscribe in plain text (no images) or HTML, the pretty version with lovely book covers, author photos and more.
What is Fresh Press?
A daily newsletter listing books and authors who appear on nationally broadcast television and radio programs. It's a handy way to get more information on books you may have missed. These are usually the top "buzzed" books of the week. The programs we track include: Oprah, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Martha Stewart, Regis and Kelly, Good Morning America, Today Show, Early Show, Imus, Montel, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, Current Affair, Insider, Evening News with Lehrer, Charlie Rose, The O'Reilly Factor, Lou Dobbs, Larry King, Primetime, 20/20, Late Show with Dave Letterman, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Tonight with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Colbert Report plus NPR and Public Radio programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, Day to Day, News and Notes, Diane Rehm.
What is a Fresh Pick?
A committee of readers selects books from every genre that are the best reads for a theme. Sometimes the theme is a current event, a holiday, sometimes the time of year, and sometimes just the whim of the readers. Sounds like what real readers do when they choose their own reading, whatever catches their fancy. You can visit the Fresh Pick for the day, or see the past week by clicking on the book at the top of very page. Or, if you prefer you can get a copy of today's Fresh Pick in your mail box -- simply subscribe to our Fresh Pick newsletter.
How do I become a reviewer?
Please be aware that at this time we do NOT pay reviewers. You do, however, get the books free and have the advantage of reading them before they are published. If you are still interested in reviewing for Fresh Fiction, we will need to see a sample of your writing. Please compose a review of a book you’ve read recently, whether you liked it or not, and send it to: Review Editor. Once you’ve submitted your review sample, we’ll contact you to let you know how we’ll proceed.
Where can I find a list of contest winners?
The link to the past contest winners are listed on the contests page. We show the last three months of winners. If the winner is listed as UNCONFIMED, it means we've sent an email to the winner to confirm a mailing address and we have NOT received a reply confirmation. Please be sure to list contests at freshfiction dot com in your White List or Allow address book on your email program so our emails get to you!
Where do you get your books for review and contests?
Ah, the FTC question, well, most of our review books are sent to us by the author or publisher, a few we buy. Almost all the books we give away in our contests directly from Fresh Fiction are PURCHASED at book signings across the country. Author and publisher giveaways come from either the author or the publisher. Our advertisements are the banner ads running on the pages, all the information within articles or on pages about books are our opinions and no one has bought the space, told us what to say, etc. We put up information on all the books we know about being published without regard if we have the book or not. We scour the publisher catalogs, author websites so you don't have to! Our reviews are written by reviewers without connection to any purchased advertisements.
When should I submit my book for reviewing?
Ideally we'd like to get your book for review three months prior to publication date to give our reviewers plenty of time to read it and not feel rushed to write their review. All our reviews are copyedited, so time is added for it. Our goal is to publish the review two weeks prior to the street date for readers.
Books should be sent 4 to 6 months prior to the publication date
How long will it take for my book to be reviewed?
Our deadline for posting reviews is the publication date. Depending on when we get it, your book will be reviewed within 8 weeks.
Who do I contact for advertising or author services?
Sara Reyes, Marketing Director is our primary contact for advertising and promotional services. You can call us at 972.335.6520 during business hours.
How do I sign up for a personalized author mailing or newsletter?
Contact our marketing department or visit the Services page for more information. Fresh Fiction hosts several author lists for a reasonable fee. There is no additional cost for mailing out newsletters or maintaining membership and all names are the property of the author.
How do I get listed as an author and my backlist published?
Contact us or click here to provide the information we need for your book You'll need to fill out a form for EACH book. There is no charge for listing books at FreshFiction.com
How do I update my bio or backlist?
If you'd like to freshen the information we have on your page, add a different publicity photo, or add a book, send us a note with the information you'd like replaced or click here for the form.
Will we sell your book on our site?
Sorry, but no. We are not booksellers. We do post links for readers to buy your book from multiple sources. (See: Where Can I buy the books...?)
How do I link my site to Fresh Fiction?
We'd love to have you link to Fresh Fiction. You can either do a straight link to our main page or to your personal page if you're an author, or you can use a banner. Ask Sara for the banner link package.
Can I list my contest on Fresh Fiction?
A publisher, author, or group can run a contest for a month (or longer) at Fresh Fiction. Details on our contest management service is listed on the Author Services page. Contact us for requirements and pricing if you have questions.
How do I create or run a banner?
Our advertising banner prices and requirements are listed on the services page. We run four sizes of banners, so make sure yours is one of them. If you'd like us to create a banner package for you, we have creative and talented graphic designer on staff who can handle most creatives including Flash.
Where do I send news and announcements?
As an author or publisher, you can send your announcements to us with the contact form.
How do I submit my book for review?
Many of the books for FreshFiction's reviews are unsolicited. We can't guarantee that a particular book will be reviewed (since we receive more books than we can review), but review / advance copies are always welcome to:
Attn: Reviews Editor
5960 West Parker Rd., Suite 278, #119
Plano, TX 75093
Please inquire before sending if your book is already in print or published. We prefer to receive the review copy at least 60 days prior to publication / street date.
We can accept Advance Reading Copies, galleys, and finished works. We also use NetGalley. To expedite inclusion in the database, please send us your bio, a photo and the basic book information (including cover image) or use the on-line forms for adding author information and book information.
How can I get my book as Fresh Pick?
Our Fresh Pick is chosen by a committee of readers who select the best books for a theme. If you'd like to have your book considered, please send a copy to our office to the attention of FRESH PICK.
Attn: Fresh Picks
5960 West Parker Rd., Suite 278, #119
Plano, TX 75093
A Fresh Pick may be any book already in print, we cannot return book copies sent to us.