ReadItDaddy Book Review Item Submission Guidelines (updated January 2016)
First off, we're very grateful for anything you'd care to send us to review but we'd like to provide a quick summary of our submission guidelines to avoid disappointment.
With a huge amount of sadness, we can no longer review self-published work submitted to us and will no longer enter into individual correspondence with self published authors / illustrators or low volume indies. There are very few exceptions we will make but that's our choice so if you don't hear back from us, assume that we will not be reviewing your book (sorry, we probably feel worse about that than you do!)
Please also respect this wish if you follow us on Facebook or Twitter. If we follow you back on Twitter, please don't send us direct messages asking us to review your self published book as we're very likely to unfollow you very quickly as a result. Sorry to sound so harsh, we're really lovely people but please PLEASE respect our views on self published titles and if I don't follow you back, don't be offended, I just don't like hard sells.
With a full time job, and Charlotte at school, it's becoming extremely difficult to fit in huge submissions of self-published books amongst our other reviews. There are a lot of you lovely folk out there, and we really don't want to upset anyone by being forced into a situation where we flat-out refuse to look at your book because you've pretty much forced it on us.
If you do still email us (and an awful lot of you still do), and don't hear anything, assume that we're basically not going to review your book, sorry again.
Right, now that's out of the way...
- ReadItDaddy is written by a full time hard working dad and his daughter. We don't feature paid-for content or sponsored posts, and will always state when something has been sent to us for review (with no obligation to review, obviously).
- We love Picture Books (fiction and non fiction). Books suitable predominantly for age ranges 8-12 yrs or Middle Grade are our mainstay. We love early readers and chapter books but reviews or coverage of these titles may take a little longer to arrange (we have a big reading pile!) Similarly, we do dearly love baby books but have you ever tried to get a 7-8 year old to read an ABC board book, no matter how gorgeous it is? Not easy. Similarly, long YA or series are also tough to factor into our schedule (keeping even the most avid bookworm 7-8 year old interested in a long YA series when you've got a packed review schedule is super-tough so please don't take it personally - one day Charlotte will bite your hand off for big fat books like yours, in fact given how quickly she'll voraciously consume most middle grade chapter stuff, that may be sooner than you think!!)
- Book of the Week Nominations come out on Friday, usually at 9.00 AM GMT sharp. Sometimes we choose 2 (one each) because we don't always agree (have you ever tried compromising with a 7-8 year old? How did that work out for you :)
- We do try to review everything we get sent, but if it's too young we're going to opt just to offer some coverage instead of a straight-out review if we like the book but Charlotte thinks it's too "babyish".
- In line with our revised stance on self-published titles, we will no longer be covering apps on the blog. Other folk do a fantastic job of covering kid apps, storytelling apps etc, we just can't keep up - so we're concentrating on print from now on.
- As mentioned above - we no longer cover self-published titles and we are extremely picky about independently published titles too, so please accept our polite apology for this change in tack. We know how difficult it is to get publicity for your book or to spread the word. We no longer feel that we can do justice to such a huge task, and therefore once again politely request that our followers and readers respect our wishes on this point, and don't send us emails that start with "I know you said you won't cover self-published books, but this is different!" - We will no longer enter into correspondence so if you do not receive a reply, assume we are not going to review your book. Sorry, I know I've mentioned that several times but if you're skim reading you've got to read at least one of these, right?
- We do cover non-book items - particularly interested in anything 'arty' or activity based. Again be aware of Charlotte's preferred age range. Duck-shaped crayons for the bath probably won't be reviewed but if you've got some nifty fashion-design activity books or something cool like that, she'll be all over 'em.
- We're very happy to post news items relevant to the blog if we've got time to. Please include as much information as possible if you'd like us to cover news items, book or app releases etc. Images and links really help us too! We endeavour not to just copy and paste press releases so if we miss anything super-urgent or ultra-relevant in news posts, please let us know and we'll try and fix them as quickly as possible.
- We cannot stress this enough. We do this for free, in our spare time, and time is precious. Please don't be offended if we're slow to get back to you or slow to post your reviews - or as previously stated if we don't get back to you at all. We have a packed schedule, we do stick to it, and above all we like to choose what we review and we choose to review books we really like. Makes sense really!
- Sometimes we make mistakes. We're only human. Imagine having a review schedule of 30 books, squeezing in review time and then realising you've misspelled someone's name - or the name of their book - or Blogger has dished up the wrong header image? We feel pretty silly about these things but will endeavour to correct our mistakes as quickly as possible.
- Guilt-tripping us or trying to argue the point that we SHOULD review your book "because you reviewed such-and-such a book one time" is a swift way to guarantee we'll bin your correspondence or communication. Sorry again to sound so harsh, we're lovely people but it happens far too often and it's never going to result in a win for you if this is how you deal with low end bloggers who do it for the love of it, let alone proper press folk. Just don't do it, it's downright rude. Likewise, we fully understand that books for good causes are exactly that - for a good cause, but we'll opt to choose whether we review these, please don't be pushy about them.
- Last but by no means least we absolutely, positively, undoubtedly love love LOVE books and we're extremely passionate about them. If you think our blog sounds glowingly praising most of the time, it's pretty much because children's picture books are on FIRE at the moment, and it's actually very rare to find a children's picture book that sucks. However, please do not take it personally if Charlotte doesn't like your book. There are a billion other children on the planet who probably will and a reviews website wouldn't be a reviews website if we loved absolutely everything to bits, would it?
Posted books from publishers will always reach us if sent by standard (Royal Mail) post. Couriers don't work outside business hours so we often find it difficult to re-arrange delivery if items are couriered to us (couriers seem to find it unusual that people work full time for a living and can't wait in all day for parcels, fancy that eh!) We have had couriers dump books in the garden (front and back), in the rain, under the heating overflow pipe and even in our green bin on pick up day. On the flip side, sometimes the Royal Mail postie will leave stuff outside the front door but that's a very rare occurrence and 9 times out of 10 Royal Mail is still the best way to get a book to us as we can pick it up from our local distribution centre. Couriered items are also rapidly making us very unpopular with our neighbours (who do take stuff in and sign for it) so if you do need to courier something, email the address above and we'll give you an alternative mailing address.
Thanks for reading and most importantly thanks for understanding. We do what we do for the love of it (and for the odd free book here and there), we don't get paid, and we work long hours too - but we hugely appreciate the work of all you wonderful publishers, PRs, authors and illustrators - so much more than we can convey in a few short words in a review.