Do Reviewers Accept Self-Published Books?

Do Reviewers Accept Self-Published Books?

No. And yes. Here’s the thing: many reviewers shy away from self-published books because many (not all) of them have not gone through the same rigorous editing and vetting processes as traditionally-published books. Therefore, reviewers know that if they accept your book for review and it has typo/editing/layout/design problems, they have to discuss those…and who wants to do that? I know I don’t.

Back in the day when I still accepted self-published books for review, I often had to give the writer a choice: either I sent the book back and waited for a more professional version before I posted the review (in other words, I gave them the choice to SKIP the review), or I went ahead with the review and wrote about EVERYTHING I found, good and bad.

Some writers really appreciated this. Others did not. My conclusion: Stick to traditionally-published books. That being said, check out the FAQ called “WHERE CAN I FIND A REVIEWER FOR MY BOOK” for your starting place.

Hello Indies! I am a former special education teacher of over 20 years, and now a full-time children's writer, researcher, and freelance editor. My newest picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) debuted as the No. 1 Picture Book in Women's Biographies and Children's American History. It has since won the 2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award, the 2022 Rhode Island Children's Book Award, the 2021 SCBWI Crystal Kite, the 2022 Comstock Award, and the 2022 Ann Izard Award. It has received STARRED REVIEWS from Kirkus, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal, and received a great review by The Wall Street Journal. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of several educational books for teens, and I occasionally review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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