the self-published Spotlight Book Review

Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.
— Gwendolyn Brooks


Show off your hard work

I hold a very special place in my heart (and right here on the blog) for independent and self-published authors. As important as it is to know the works of Malcom X, Octavia E. Butler, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, YOUR work should be celebrated too. I want to celebrate the hard work you put into self-publishing, self-producing, and sometimes being a business of one. 

Below are wonderful authors who have reached out to me personally to have their work reviewed on Black & Bookish. Some I met at book festivals, some just through email. Each photo contains a short description of the book, the link to my Black & Bookish review, and a link to the author's website/social media


The Self-Published Spotlight is open to any writer who has heritage within the African Diaspora. This program is to uplift Black writers and their hard work within a publishing system who barely recognizes them.

As Black & Bookish has grown, I have stepped away from free reviews to give authors a more tailored service. By charging a small fee, I can dedicate time to your accomplishment the same way I do for critiques and consultations. Please read the through the guidelines below for details and requirements.

When Do You Need One? 

  • You are a Black, self-published author (not an agent or a publisher)

  • You have recently published a book that you want to promote

  • You want to expand your marketing reach to a new audience

Black & Bookish Self-Published Spotlight Services Include:

  • Free 30 minute phone call to assess if your book is a good fit

  • A focused, yet casual read of your book

  • Follow up email with notes, suggestions, author interview questions, and review publication date

Self-Published Spotlight Services Do Not Include:

  • A formal manuscript critique for problems around story structure, plot, clarity, or logic

  • Physical changes or edits made to your book

There are four steps to having your book featured:

  1. Using the review request form below, include your name, book title, and a short summery. It’s free and takes just a few minutes. Responses can take up to one week.

  2. I invite you to schedule a free call with me to ask any question you may have. Together we will discuss your project and the permitters of a review.

  3. Send me a copy of your book. I accept both physical and digital copies, whichever you prefer. Billing for this service happens after I receive you book.

  4. After I’ve read your book, you will receive a comprehensive email that includes the review publication date and all my notes.

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Self-Published Spotlight

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Projects take approximately 6 weeks.

Books that are written from a discriminatory perspective (homophobia, sexism, fatophobia, etc.) are not a good fit for this site.

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