I strongly prefer paper books for review at this time. If sending a copy is too expensive, let me know and we’ll work out something else.
I mostly review children’s picture books (85%), middle grade books, and young adult books. Please follow this blog to familiarize yourself with what I do. I do review the occasional adult book, especially those I think parents would be interested in. I do not review horror, erotica, poetry ( unless it’s kid’s poetry), memoir, or excessively violent books. I don’t want religion, self-help, or politics as well. You must be a blog follower.
I rate on a scale of 1-5 stars. I will give 1 or 2 star reviews but explain my evaluations and give suggestions on how to improve. Read some of my tougher reviews and be sure you can handle honest feedback. I expect the same standard from indie writers as from traditionally published so make sure you’re submitting a well-edited book.
I am especially looking for books that fit upcoming themes but will accept others as well:
- Alphabet – May 2017
- Celebrity Writers – June 2017
- Canada – July 2017
- The Number Three – August 2017
- Cats – September 2017
- Gratitude – October 2017
- War and Peace – November 2017
- Winter Celebrations – December 2017
- Beginnings – January 2018
- Friendship – February 2018
- Sleeping Beauty – March 2018
- Spring – April 2018
- Indies – May 2018
- Birthdays – June 2018
- Children in Change – July 2018
Please fill out this information when requesting a review.
Your name and pen name
Writing Experience (Example: Is this your first book or your eighth? Have you taken classes? How long have you been writing?)
Title of the book
Date published, publisher, illustrator. (I do accept indie.)
Picture book, middle grade, or YA. (I will accept most picture books but few MG and YA.)
How many pages?
Fiction or nonfiction. Genre. Series?
Link to your author page and/or website.
Email this to b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net
I am fair but honest. I use respectful words and give helpful criticism to help authors improve their work. If you are an indie writer, I strongly recommend you have the book professionally edited before publishing. If your book is for sale, I expect your book to meet the same high standards as a traditionally published book. I was a grade school teacher for 33 years, 10 as a teacher librarian. I will always put the needs of readers first. Whether your family and friends loved the book is irrelevant. If you had your child write or illustrate part of the book, please DO NOT SUBMIT. I do not want to crush a child’s hopes.
In return for taking the time and effort to review your book, I ask that you show respect for my work as well. It is important for authors to maintain their dignity and professionalism. You must agree not to post vindictive remarks against me or my review, to vote down any of my books on Amazon, or to rally your friends to give bad reviews. The more often authors engage in this behaviour, the less readers are willing to post reviews. It is for our mutual benefit to keep readers reviewing and reading reviews.
Contact me at b.ferrante at tbaytel dot net with your request.