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Getting a book reviewed is getting harder and harder. Not only do you have to find and build relationships with reviewers and media outlets, but you also have to compete with the thousands of new books being released each month by major publishers – who already have those relationships with reviewers and book review publications.

There are fewer outlets for professional quality and honest book reviews.  With so many books and requests, it’s possible that more than a few great books will get overlooked or lost in the shuffle.

Here Are Your Options:

General Submission

If you’re submitting your book under our general submissions, it must have been released in the past 90 days (or to be released in the next 90 days). You do NOT need to be a San Francisco author to submit a book.

If your book is outside of the 90-day on-sale date, read about our Sponsored Review program.

We are unable to make decisions on reviewing books from email solicitations. Books sent to San Francisco Book Review cannot be returned. Reviews will appear on San Francisco Book Review.

Reviews are the opinion of the independent reviewer only and do not reflect the general opinion of San Francisco Book Review. Reviews cannot be guaranteed, unless you take part in the Sponsored Reviews Program (see below).

Publishers: If you’re a publicist submitting a book for a possible review, please mail two copies to the address below for consideration. Our process is that we issue an available book lists every 2 weeks to our pool of more than 120 reviewers for them to select. We do not assign books. Reviews are the opinion of the independent reviewer only and do not reflect the general opinion of San Francisco Book Review.

Local Authors: If you are a local author submitting a book that has been released within the past 90 days, please submit two copies to the address below, and put “Local Author” on the outside of the package. Also include the name of your publishing company and publicist name, so we can notify you if a review is posted. Reviews are the opinion of the independent reviewer only and do not reflect the general opinion of San Francisco Book Review.

eBooks: We accept digital galleys/ARCs for review. Our preferred method of receiving ebooks is a pdf, epub, or mobi file, which can be submitted through our ebook submission form.

San Francisco Book Review / Kids’ Book Review
1722 J Street, Suite 9
Sacramento, CA 95811

To submit books that are only electronic (click HERE).

Sponsored Review Program

If you have published a book and want to have a professional review of your book, or your book’s on-sale date is outside of our 90-day range, you can participate in our Sponsored Review program to receive a guaranteed review. To learn more about our Sponsored Review program click HERE.

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  • Events on August 28, 2014
    • Richard Kadrey - The Getaway God
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: August 28, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: Books Inc, Mountian View; 301 Castro St, Mountain View, 94041
    • Lewis Buzbee - Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom
      Starts: 7:30 pm
      Ends: August 28, 2014 - 8:30 pm
      Location: The Booksmith: 1644 Haight St, San Francisco
  • Events on August 29, 2014
    • Jason Sinclair Long - Tiny Giants: 101 Stories under 101 words, & Lois Ann Abraham - Circus Girl & Other Stories
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: August 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
      Location: Books Inc, Alameda; 1344 park St, Alameda, 94501
  • Events on August 30, 2014
    • Market to Table: Cooking Demonstrations by Cookbook Authors
      Starts: 10:30 am
      Ends: August 30, 2014 - 12:30 pm
      Location: Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
      Description: On Saturday mornings, chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market. Join them in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade) for tips, recipes, and a sample. Book Passage will be there with the books.
    • John Hope Bryant - How the Poor Can Save Capitalism
      Starts: 4:00 pm
      Ends: August 30, 2014 - 5:00 pm
      Location: Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera
  • Events on August 31, 2014
    • Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith
      Starts: 11:00 am
      Ends: August 31, 2014 - 12:00 pm
      Location: Author Appearance - , “” Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
      Description: Sunday Morning Storytime with Christopher Smith at Book Passage, Corte Madera
      Starting September 12!
      Sundays • 11:00 am • Free
      Summer is over and Christopher is back! Singer-songwriter Christopher Smith has been writing music and performing in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Smith writes well-crafted story songs that aim for the heart. Children of all ages—and adults—love him!

      These events are free and take place at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, unless otherwise noted. For information or to reserve autographed books, call 415-927-0960 or go to http://www.bookpassage.com.
  • Events on September 1, 2014
    • Left Coast Writers Literary Salon
      Starts: 7:00 pm
      Ends: September 1, 2014 - 9:00 pm
      Location: Book Passage - 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera
      Description: Left Coast Writers®
      A Literary Salon Led by Linda Watanabe McFerrin
      1st Monday each month • 7:00-9:00 pm • $120 per year
      Left Coast Writers meetings provide literary connections, support, counsel, readings, writing tips, literary chat, unabashed networking, and great fun. Many local authors are active members of this group. Meetings feature presentations by Bay Area literary figures. In addition, LCW hosts a variety of other activities to launch the books of members, to explore publishing
      alternatives, and to network with others in the industry.
  • Events on September 6, 2014
    • Market to Table: Cooking Demonstrations by Cookbook Authors
      Starts: 10:30 am
      Ends: September 6, 2014 - 12:30 pm
      Location: Book Passage at the Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco
      Description: On Saturday mornings, chefs and cookbook authors lead free cooking demonstrations using seasonal ingredients from the Farmers Market. Join them in the CUESA kitchen (North Arcade) for tips, recipes, and a sample. Book Passage will be there with the books.

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