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Book Review Policy

KBR is a purely voluntary site run by busy women with demanding careers and personal lives. We are consistently swamped with review copies, so our reviews are for solicited books only.

We regret that we can no longer take unsolicited review requests.


Information for trade publishers:
  • We will be in touch with you directly if we wish to review any of your books, either independently-sourced or via press releases or catalogues.
  • Please don't send follow-up emails regarding reviews. We will be in touch if we want to request something.
  • We cannot advise if or when a review will be posted. 
  • It can take a few days, a few weeks or 6 months or more for a review to appear. 
  • We are unable to email links once a review is posted. Do check the site frequently for reviews, or use our search function. You can also look for titles in our A-Z listing. This is updated weekly.
  • We reserve the right to choose whether or not to review all books received, even those openly solicited. 
  • We do prefer books available in Australian bookstores. 
  • It is rarely that we review a self-published book, unless it is of publishing house standard. We are not anti-self-publishing, we are pro-brilliance. We very rarely accept didactic, heavily message-driven books.
  • We do occasionally review ebooks however require instant download from iTunes for iPad. 
  • Please don't send us galleys, proofs, mockups nor PDFs or any other electronic book versions (unless we have already agreed to provide a pre-publication quote, of course).
  • We cannot return books and do not advise of receipt of books.
Books sent for review cannot be returned. Some books are kept by reviewers and many are given to schools, community centres and literary or educational projects.

Unsolicited Books
We regret that we are no longer accepting unsolicited books for review. Books posted to us will either be returned to sender or will be passed on to those in need.

International Books
If you are sending a book to Australia from overseas, please remember it will need to come through Customs. Send the book and press release only and include a note stating the book is a review copy and has been provided gratis. Sending other material may result in a Customs inspection fee, which will be passed on to you for payment. We do not advise of receipt of books.

Guest Posts
We welcome guest posts from anyone with a love of children's literature. And yes, you can link to your site or book. See here for guidelines and details. We also welcome appropriate news and event listings. All contributions from guest-posters are unpaid. Please do NOT contact us regarding guest posts if you are from a nanny site, a gaming site, a travel site or any other site completely unrelated to children's books.

Interviews
We also welcome requests for author, illustrator and industry professional interviews. We only hold interviews by email, not telephone. Contact us here to inquire.