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How can I get my books reviewed by the TES?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by StanleySteamer, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. StanleySteamer

    StanleySteamer New commenter

    Title says it all. Any help will be gratefully received.
  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hello @StanleySteamer,

    Details of who you need to contact are at the bottom of a recent book review here.
  3. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I don't know, Stanley!

    I've written Do it with Dunty, Down with Dunty, Diet with Dunty, Dance with Dunty and Dunty's Dungeon!

    Not once have they been acknowledged!

    Aunty Dunty

    Tes Agony Aunt
  4. StanleySteamer

    StanleySteamer New commenter

    Hi All, I have acted on @tes-rosaline ' s info but it says, "if you want to review a book". I want my book reviewed by a member of the TES staff.
    I was also informed in a "chat" that the person to contact on TES staff was ann.mroz@tes.com so i sent her an email but have so far not received a reply. I was thinking that this might well be because she is on holiday or maybe just exceedingly busy and has not got around to me yet.
    I think I must just be being thick, as this must be possible surely?
    So, I will keep on digging, as now is the time to get them reviewed, at the beginning of term.
  5. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    It sounds like you have been advised by a member of the editorial team. It's just a matter of waiting or sending another email, depending on when you sent your first one. I am sure the editor will be in touch if the team wish to review the book.
  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Most irregular!

    They form the core of my small but highly informative home library.
  7. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    There's no need to look any further than these titles when planning an outstanding English lesson about alliteration.:)
    Dunteachin and (deleted member) like this.
  8. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Ann Mroz is the Editor of TES magazine so I imagine she is the person who decides whether TES have any interest in reviewing a book you have written. My guess is the TES Editor get a constant stream of people wanting their books reviewed (aka giving them free advertising) and most of them don't get reviewed at all. That's just my guess though.

    Either way, even if Ann Mroz isn't currently on holiday, you probably don't come very high in the list of priorities. Wait a few weeks and if still no reply send a follow up.
  9. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    I did well with my 'High Hopes In El Dorado' with the eponymous Hopes.

    My 'Prophylactic Departure' seemed to please but that was down to my heroine Kiki.
  10. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    Where might we pur-chase said tomes?
  11. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    Any good adult bookstore.
  12. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Probably true, though. In the days when the TES produced subject-specific inserts, there was always a good selection of textbook reviews, but they don't seem to bother any more.
    sabrinakat likes this.
  13. StanleySteamer

    StanleySteamer New commenter

    Rosaline, thanks ever so much.

    Thank you for answering and your advice.

    I will send another email to ann.mroz, and this time I will attach a link to the books on Amazon so that she can have a "Look inside" which might help.

    All the best
  14. StanleySteamer

    StanleySteamer New commenter

    Other places, like Mumsnet, will review a book on request but they want £300 to do it. I am as green as grass in all this, is this the way it is at the TES as well? No one has mentioned paying for a review. There are tons of reviews on this site, would some kind person who has managed to get a book reviewed pitch in and tell us how they managed it?
    John Hammond
  15. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Can't answer your question but, not being an author myself, I'm just curious; isn't paying to have your book reviewed just buying advertising?
  16. StanleySteamer

    StanleySteamer New commenter

    Just had an email to say she is out of the office but to email another member of staff if needed. which I did. Also Amazon have just told me that about the next day someone odered a copy of one of them. Coincidence? I have no idea. Also recent article on the BBC really did back up the reason why I wrote the books, so i contacted them too. Again, no reply from them either.
    As to your point about buying advertising, I think I get your drift.
    I always thought newspapers etc read books and then wrote reviews in an objective manner. I never thought that if you gave them enough money they might review them for the author. By the same protocol, would giving even more money buy the author a guaranteed good review?
    Somehow I don't think so, I have to believe that the TES has more morality than this. And beyond sending them an author's copy, which would only cost me £2, I don't think I am prepared to pay for a review, but then maybe I am just Mr NaiveCityUSA.
  17. StanleySteamer

    StanleySteamer New commenter

    Right, have now received an email telling me that "unfortunately we only review recently published books, i.e. within the past 6 months so your book is a little too old for us.
    Now I always intended my books to hit the headlines with "great reviews", particularly from the TES(!) at the beginning of the academic year as that is exactly the time that new sixthformers need to be reading them!
    Technically I first published the first version of my books in August last year, but no one knew about them as I did nothing at all to push them. But I wanted author copies to give to friends in the game who could look them over and make suggestions for changes. This they very kindly did so the books are quite a bit different from when I first wrote them, particularly the studen't book which is now a lot shorter. This obviously took a longish time so the books are a year old now.
    I have written explaining all this and that only 5 books or so have actually been bought, by people I have spoken to personally, but I daresay this will cut no ice. The knee patches on my trousers are well worn now!
    If appeals to the reviewer have no positive reaction I can see no other way out other than to rewrite the books a bit, withdraw the old ones from Amazon, publish new ones with new title's and new ISBNs and get back to the reviewer with the info that I have new books for review.
    This is very upsetting as the books are honestly written to benefit all students from ordinary backgrounds who need help to get into Russell Group universities. I am not in it for the money!
    So folks, if you are authors I hope you learn from my mistakes! I wish someone had told me!
    Stan. PS if anyone wants to get hold of the books there may be a way to PM me in which case i can point you in the right direction.

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