Book Submissions


Ever wonder “How do I get my book reviewed?”

You’ve finished your book. It’s been edited and published, and now you’re trying to figure out how to get it to readers.  While starting your marketing campaign usually (should) happens well before your book is finished, getting your first reviews can’t happen until your book is done (more on this later).

Many stores won’t carry a small press or self-published book that doesn’t have reviews from recognizable publications. Your challenge: How do you get someone to pay attention to your book among the hundreds, if not thousands, of books they see every month?

City Book Review, publishers of the San Francisco Book Review, Manhattan Book Review, Seattle Book Review, Tulsa Book Review, Portland Book Review, and Kids’ BookBuzz all have programs to help you. Kids’ BookBuzz is primarily for kids, tweens, and young adult books, but the other two will take almost any book you have (including children’s books). All reviews written for Kids’ BookBuzz are done by kids under 18.


So, how do you get your book reviewed by Portland Book Review?

If your book is within 90 days of the release date, you can submit it for general review (no cost). We typically receive about 4,600 books every year to review and ended up reviewing about 40% of them. If you are on a tight budget or want to gamble that we may select your book, you can give the General Submission a try. The sooner you get us your book prior to its publication date, the better.

All links on this page will take you to City Book Review, our parent company, which is where all orders take place. Don’t worry. It’s still us.