ReadItDaddy Book Review Item Submission Guidelines - Read This First! (New - updated September 2019)

Hi folks. Thanks for stopping by our review item submission page and apologies for the (new) wall of text.

First, we'll get this out of the way - We don't review self-published, Kindle-only,  small-run or crowdfunded titles. Even if you think your book is the exception to this rule. We're likely to ignore any emails asking for a review so if you don't get a reply, please don't be offended! It's not you, it's us.

 We're not sniffy, snobby, and we fully respect the effort that self published folk go to, but we really just do not have the time to cover self published stuff though if you're nice to folk on Twitter you may find a zillion other bloggers who do.

(Speaking of Twitter, DMing us or liking our tweets en mass really won't get your book reviewed either so please save yourself the effort of 'laying the groundwork' by faving or retweeting random historical tweets. Thank you!)

One final point I'm adding in as this has cropped up a lot recently and needs re-stressing. Unsolicited books sent to us may or may not be reviewed depending on how well received they are by my daughter, regardless of whether we've reviewed similar books in the past. We would rather write positive reviews on our blog so if C doesn't like your book or doesn't want to review it, don't take it personally - we'll opt not to review rather than write something yucky.

The rest of our submission guidelines:
  • We no longer actively take part in blog tours nor publish guest posts or submitted articles. We are beginning to find it very difficult to slot these into a busy schedule, and to be honest Blog Tours do absolutely nothing for our clicks / hits anyway. If we do happen to have a review being published in a week that coincides with one we may opt to jig things around a bit 'to fit' but won't go crackers trying to reschedule a review schedule written two months in advance so please do consider this when contacting us about blog tours or guest posts.
  • If you're a publisher or a PR, by all means contact us by emailing or send us a DM or tweet on Twitter (@readitdaddy) and we'll gladly take a look at what you're offering for review. If it's not for us, we'll do our best to respond politely as such - but please don't immediately follow this up with another email on why you think we should change our minds, we probably won't reply twice. 
  • Digital copies of books are fine, but we do prefer to work from printed copy wherever possible, particularly with comics or graphic novels. At a push though we'd prefer PDF versions of ARCs so that we can read 'em on our Kindle Fire. 
  • Please check before posting items to us if using couriers. We can accept courier items but will need to give you a 'work' address to send these to as we will not accept courier deliveries at our home address.
  • Items sent to us via Royal Mail or Parcel Force will make it to us safely at home however, our postie is happy to card us (as we don't do this as a full time gig so are not working from home) and we can pick up the items at our convenience.  
  • Please consider the core age group we review for (middle grade - 10 upwards and some YA / Adult stuff as well). If you are sending unsolicited picture books to us for a younger age range, we will choose whether to feature them or not. Please respect this - 11 year olds are very unlikely to go absolutely nuts over board books about learning shapes and colours, fuzzy duckies or learning their ABCs :)
  • Likewise, to repeat points made above, please don't assume that because we've reviewed particular books before, we'll always want to review any sequels, follow-ups or books by the same author. Kids grow up, and C has grown up a lot - so will likely turn her nose up at books she loved when we first started this blog (gulp) 9 years ago. 
  • Overall, we will carry on doing what we do best - providing good solid honest reviews of awesome books. 
All the best and hope you stick with us through to our tenth birthday next August! 

The ReadItDaddy Team