ReadItDaddy Book Review Item Submission Guidelines - Read This First! (updated August 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.
We no longer review self-published or 'small run' independently published books. Though we've stated this pretty firmly and politely in the past, people still regularly submit requests or tweet us with information about self published or small run titles. Please accept that we don't cover these and please understand when we don't respond either via email or Twitter if you do request a review.
In some cases, if we do like the look of a self-published or small run title, we'll contact you and ask about the possibility of reviewing your title. Please don't pester, as pestering is more likely to end up with your request being fast-tracked to the recycle bin.
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 may cover titles for younger children from time to time but will opt to cover these in less detail than we would a full review.
- We love early readers and chapter books but we have a big reading pile! We aim to round-up as many chapter books as possible in our monthly chapter book articles but the earlier you can get titles to us, the more chance we'll publish something in line with the publication date.
- We do still 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. We will cover or mention titles that are sent to us unsolicited but usually won't publish a full review of these, as Charlotte probably won't offer up an opinion on most of them, sadly (and this blog is all about her opinion really, not mine).
- Book of the Week Nominations come out on Friday, usually at 9.30 AM GMT and 10 AM GMT sharp. We nearly always 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. Most titles are sent unsolicited so if we opt not to cover something that you haven't asked us about, please respect that we won't always publish an article on it.
- We no longer cover apps on the blog. From time to time we'll write about games (board and video), puzzles, activity books, maybe even movies or TV but there are so many awesome folk out there who cover apps full time on their blogs, you're better off approaching them honestly!
- We fully appreciate how difficult it is to get publicity for your book or to spread the word. It's also very difficult to get a decent readership every month (nigh on impossible to drum up comments on the blog) so please don't assume that this is all we do, day in and day out and do try to get items to us in a timely fashion if you want us to hit a particular deadline. Particularly with blog tours, please try to give us at least 3-4 working days to get articles together as we will not be able to put together articles over a weekend.
- We do cover non-book items as mentioned above - particularly interested in anything 'arty' or activity based, particularly stationery and art materials. 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, sketch books, pens 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! As mentioned above, please allow at least 3-4 working days before intended publication date for anything you need to hit a particular date or time. 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. We support many good causes and our own choice of charities but can't possibly cover them all.
- 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?
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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 things in and sign for them, grudgingly) so if you do need to courier something, email the address above and we'll give you a one-off alternative mailing address. If you do courier items to our work or home addresses without warning us and we miss them or the courier leaves a card requesting us to arrange re-delivery, we will opt instead not to do so and the items will be returned to you without review or coverage I'm afraid.
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.