Get your book reviewed


How to get your book reviewed by us:

If your book is more than 90 days past publication date, or you really want to get it reviewed and don’t want to just hope it’ll get picked up through the general review system, you can go through the Sponsored Review program. While there is some controversy about paying for a review, all of our brands are respected publications, like Kirkus or Foreword Reviews, and don’t provide vanity reviews for payment. And we don’t call out sponsored reviews any different than the other reviews.

We accept:

  • Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)
  • Manuscripts
  • BLADs
  • eBooks (all formats, including PDF)
  • Printed books

We realize we have A LOT of options for you. Our FAQ may answer any questions you may have. If not, we encourage you to use the Review Option Tool above. Still have questions, please give us a call or email

The format of the book (ebook vs printed) you put on the form is the version we will cite on the review (page count, price, format). You may submit an eBook, but put the price and page count on the form for the print version. At this time, we are unable to cite both the print AND eBook pricing and page counts. Please provide us with what you want to appear on our website with your review.

What we offer:

Click any of the three images below for more information, then choose a package from the grid.

“San Francisco Book review and its sister publications offer the absolute best promotional opportunities for both traditionally and independently published authors. They’ve built a stable of seasoned professional reviewers whose shrews and sensitive coverage across a myriad of genres is second to none, rivaling the best Sunday book pages and other major web-based book sites. As authors, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find outlets that cover books in such an insightful and credible fashion that’s certain to serve our cause, no matter the career stage we’re at. I’ve come back to them again and again and have every intention of continuing to do so with future titles.”

—Jon Land, author

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“If book reviews are gold, then expert reviews from trusted sources are platinum. I proudly count my review from San Francisco Book Review in the platinum category. It has pride of place next to other notable editorial reviews on my website and I’ve been able to use several great pull quotes in my advertising. Add this to the stellar communication from the staff and you can see why this author is impressed.” -Terri Lee, author of Paper Castles

If I order multiple reviews, will each be written by a different reviewer?
Yes, you’ll receive one SFBR review done by one reviewer and a separate MBR review done by a different reviewer. You’ll have an opportunity to approve both, one, or none of the reviews, trading it/them for a website ad.
What if I don't like my review?
We do our best to place your book with an appropriate reviewer, which is why we ask for a book description, book cover, and anything else you’d like our pool of more than 120 reviewers to know when selecting a book to review. We are not in the business of providing vanity reviews. Should you purchase a Sponsored Review from us, you’ll be getting an honest opinion of your book and an appropriate star rating (1-5). However, we want you to feel that you got some value for your money, so we offer the ability to trade your review for an ad that will run on our website for 30 days. At the end of that term, we’ll provide you with impression and click-through statistics.
Can I submit both a printed book and an eBook?

With whichever package you end up purchasing, we’ll review ONE type of format. We will list out on your review the book’s format, price, and page count. Sometimes, an author or publicist will ask us to change the format of the book reviewed after they receive the review. No can do. So, make sure what you’re sending us is actually the format you want published.

Which eBook formats do you accept?
We accept pdf, mobi, ePub … you name it. If your reviewer needs a different format, we have the ability to convert it to what fits their device. There is a spot on the purchase form for uploading your file.
What's your opinion? Should I send in an eBook or printed book?

We get this question all the time. And it’s a really good one! We have a diverse pool of more than 120 adult book reviewers and around 80 children reviewers for Kids’ BookBuzz. Some prefer eBooks, while others like to stick with the printed books. Some live outside of the U.S., and only can review eBooks. So, it really is up to you on which format you want to send for review.

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