Submission Guidelines for Book Reviews
Congratulations, your book’s been published! This is an exciting time for you and we wish you every success.
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, author/illustrators and publicists must first query us with:
- Short summary of the book
- Date of publication
- Targeted age(s) of reader
We review bound galleys, uncorrected proofs/ARCs 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 don’t recommend you spend the time and money to mail us a book (nowadays, with budgets being what they are in publishing, we understand you may be responsible for paying for your own publicity and promotional materials, even if you have not self-published) without corresponding with us first. 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. We frequently get backed up and we’re so sorry we can’t always get to your book as soon as you’d like. Books and marketing materials cannot be returned.
To query us with your book submission, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What We Do NOT Review
At present we are not accepting print-on-demand books for review consideration. We’re also unable to review most apps. Please note: GRWR does not accept or review unsolicited books and, except for rare occasions, we are unable to review self-published books (we consider these to be books which have required you, as author, to pay for all or pay for a partial amount of the publication, even if that means forming your own company). 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) and linked back to the URL of that specific post.
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 the public.
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. Here is a list of just some of the places our books find homes.
School on Wheels
Ronald McDonald House
Door of Hope