About Us: The Review System

We maintain a FREE system in which an author can get reviewed and win the Novel of the Year without paying us a dime!

We DO NOT guarantee positive reviews

Eligible for Review

  • - Self-published & independently published fiction that we consider
  • - Novels and novellas of all genres
  • - Adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction
  • Not Eligible for Review (but will still list these books on our site)

  • - Books published through indie houses we consider too large/mainstream, AKA
  • - Non-fiction, including memoirs
  • - Children's books
  • - Short story compilations, graphic novels or poetry compilations
  • - Books published by our staff, reviewers or affiliates

  • - ARCs or incomplete/unpublished work
  • - Books published through the "Big 5"
  • - Overly erotic/graphic books without sufficient literary justification
  • - Books with an unacceptable amount of typos/errors
  • - Books not published in English

  • The Current Review System

    Here's what will happen after you submit your book for review:

    1) Our Submissions Editor receives your submission: We will and notify you if there are any major errors that need fixing before we continue (ex: cover image loaded sideways). This has no bearing on your chances of getting a review.

    2) Our Moderators vote on the quality of each book: At the end of the week, our Submissions Editor decides which books are eligible for review and which books are , then selects up to 5 Pitch Perfect finalists. You will receive an email, letting you know if your book is eligible for review.

    3) You will receive email notification of whether your book is eligible for review: If it is eligible for review, it will be automatically entered into our system, and Reviewers may choose to review it at any time. It will stay on our bookshelf indefinitely, waiting for a reviewer to notice it.

    4) Wait and see if your book is chosen for a free selected by one of our reviewers: Our Reviewers have a special dashboard, where we make personal recommendations for them. Pitch Perfect Pick winners and books that win other Badges are highly visible, and featured books with Badges are even more visible. In addition, Certified authors can schedule an Author Spotlight to be noticed by both Reviewers and readers, and Premium Subscribers can write personal notes to our Reviewers, which will show up first thing when he or she logs in to look for a book to review.


    A free service for indie authors

    We write at least one free, Selected Review every Monday, and have done so since 2011. Once a book goes through our submission process and is listed publicly on our bookshelf, it is automatically enrolled in the Selected Review program. Selected Reviews are chosen by the Reviewer, so they must show promise. Because they are vetted and and matched with the right audience from the very beginning, our Selected Reviews are often (but not always) positive. A much-needed service for the indie author community, Selected Reviews are the backbone of Underground Book Reviews. Our Regular Reviewers are required to write a minimum of four Selected Reviews every year, to ensure that we continue to offer this free service for authors. It is with pride that we maintain a system in which an author can submit a book for review and win the Novel of the Year without paying a dime.

    The assigned program was a paid-for review program designed to fund our free Selected Review program. Assigned Reviews were given the same quality attention and fair consideration we give to our competitive Selected Reviews. The program was closed in order to focus on our Novel of the Year competition.

    A Trusted Review Source