ReadItDaddy Book Review Item Submission Guidelines - Read This First! (updated January 2017)
The TL;DR version? We don't review self-published titles (unless we source and pick them up ourselves) so please don't ask, even if you feel your book is special, for charity, or we'll really like it. Let us find it - and if we don't, don't consider it any sort of sleight!
OK - that's out of the way so onto the submissions guidelines. 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:
- 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 (Young Fiction) are our mainstay. We may cover titles for younger children from time to time but only when we choose to. We will no longer be able to review everything we get sent, so if a book is missed or 'summarised' (that is, written about without a "Charlotte's best bit or Daddy's Favourite bit" at the end, please don't take offence!)
- We love 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 and we're going to trial adding chapter books in the Book of the Week slot too. Obviously the earlier you can get titles to us, the more chance we'll publish something in line with the publication date.
- 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 don't cover mobile games, apps or e-books at all on the blog. We may talk about games occasionally but that will be about games we've bought and paid for ourselves from major publishers. We do cover things other than books so if you would like us to review art materials, stationery and toys appropriate for 8 yrs plus, we'll be all over that.
- We will no longer be able to take part in Blog Tours. This was something that took up a lot of time in 2016, more time than we had - and we had a pretty naff experience in a couple of cases where we had to write copy at the very last minute. We understand that PRs, Authors and Artists are very busy people but so are we so we will pass on any blog tours in 2017. Sorry.
- We can post news items to the blog but please consider the following: 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 to try and snag a review or trying to get us to review something on the basis that we reviewed something of yours a few years ago really isn't going to work out. So please don't push or pressure us to do so. Please also consider that if you pour on the love on Twitter for our reviews or past articles, we will appreciate it but this won't mean we'll be any more receptive to writing a review of your latest work if it gets the thumbs down from Charlotte.
- 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?
Tweet us by all means too @readitdaddy but again please consider the above.
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.