Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines for Book Reviews

What We Review

Good Reads with Ronna reviews current (preferably within the last 3 months) fiction and nonfiction books for children (ages birth – 18) as well as parenting and family-oriented titles we deem relevant. Books reviewed range from preschool through young adult. We do occasionally review books with accompanying CDs. Publishers, authors, illustrators and publicists must first query us with:

  • Title
  • Short summary of the book
  • Date of publication
  • Publisher
  • Author
  • Illustrator
  • Targeted age(s) of reader
  • Price

We review bound galleys, uncorrected proofs and actual books. Occasionally we’ll also look at a PDF. We will send a confirmation email with an address for you to send your book if we think it might be a good fit for our website. We have several reviewers, so you will be instructed to mail your book to a specific reviewer. While we do our best, due to the volume of titles we receive daily, we cannot promise that all books will be reviewed. Nor can we promise that a book can be reviewed by a specific date. Books and marketing materials cannot be returned.

To query us with your book submission, please email us at Ronna.L.Mandel the @ symbol plus gmail.com.

 What We Do Not Review

At present we are not accepting print-on-demand books for review consideration. We’re also unable to review many apps. Please note: GRWR does not accept or review unsolicited books and, except for rare occasions, we are unable to review self-published books. Unfortunately we simply don’t have the staff or time, and as you may well know, this blog is run on kidlit love alone with no advertising money to subsidize us. If you have a self-published or vanity press book, you might want to consider submitting it to SCBWI’s new Spark Awards. The Spark Award is an annual award that recognizes excellence in children’s books published through a non-traditional publishing route. We know how much time and energy you’ve put into your self-published work and wish you the best of luck with your promotion efforts. The indie book world is growing and changing so we’re confident you will find great coverage for your hard work.

Reviews We Post

Because we feel there are so many wonderful books to share with our readers, we do not publish negative reviews. We can only post reviews for books we read that are appropriate for our readership. Sometimes quality books are not reviewed for various reasons. For example, if we have just reviewed other books on similar subjects, we may not post a review. It has been our experience that some books seem to have either an excellent story or spectacular illustrations, but not both. For us to recommend a book wholeheartedly, it must stand out among the competition. Any review we post may be used by a publisher, author or illustrator, in part or whole, as long as the reviewer and Good Reads with Ronna are credited for the quotes(s).

Ethics

We never accept gifts or compensation for reviewing books. Our reputation is based upon honest, objective opinions; our readers rightfully expect that from us. Our reward is the joy of reading a great book and sharing it with you.

How We Evaluate the Books We Review

Just like children, we enjoy clever picture books with vivid illustrations and engaging story lines. We love educational books that are written in creative ways and meaningful fictional stories that flow off the page, without patronizing the reader – no matter what the targeted age may be. Submissions will be evaluated based upon the following:

  • Literary value
  • Level of creativity and originality
  • Style of writing
  • Excellence of the illustrations
  • Overall book quality

What We Do With Copies of Reviewed Books

We never sell or profit in any way from reviewed books. We prefer to donate the books to children’s organizations, charities and schools that can best utilize and appreciate the literature.

 


10 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines

  1. Hi Ronna!

    I enjoy you reviews and wonder if you do cover reveals? My middle grade mystery trilogy is being published by Enslow Publishers/Speeding Star in September 2014. I would love to send you the covers for your consideration.

    Best,
    Jennifer Torres

  2. Hi Ronna! Thanks for the beautiful write up on Lindbergh The Tale of a Flying Mouse. Feel free to contact me any time for review copies, or if you’ll be at any conferences, would love to meet you.

    • How very nice to hear from you, Heather! Having lived in Germany, I truly appreciate all the details Kuhlmann captured in his book. I will most certainly be in touch as I’ve been a NorthSouth fan since Rainbow Fish.

  3. Hi, I’m sorry to put this in the comments but none of the email links worked. I am an author of midgrade books on mythology and YA historical fiction. I was wondering if I could send you my latest release–Hades Speaks! A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead (Boyds Mills Press)–for review. It has high appeal for boys interested in mythology.

    Hades Speaks! is the second in a middle grade series. Anubis Speaks! (A Cybils award finalist) came out last year, and Thor Speaks! comes out in 2015. While the gods “narrate” their tours (clearly fictional), the facts they share about their people’s beliefs and their cultures are considered nonfiction and have been vetted by experts (scholars and curators). The publisher categorizes it as creative nonfiction.

    Hades’s snarky voice, however, makes for easy and fun reading.

    I am also the author of young adult historical fiction set in the ancient world, including Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii and Cleopatra’s Moon (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic).

    I’d be happy to send you Hades and/or any of my YA book you might be interested in for review. Thanks so much for your time!

    Vicky

    Vicky Alvear Shecter

  4. Greetings Ronna,
    Thank you so very much featuring Little Melba on your blog. What kind words! I’m thrilled that the book has been well received. It’s fantastic that Melba Liston’s life and work are getting long-overdue attention.

    All the best,
    Katheryn Russell-Brown

    • Hi Katheryn, you should see the smile on my face, the same one I had readying Little Melba. I felt privileged to read and review it, but most of all I was overjoyed that I could share it on Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Hope you have more wonderful stories brewing.

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