General Submission


We accept books for general submission (as opposed to a Sponsored Review) that are not past 90 days of their release date.

Please note that we do not guarantee that we will review books submitted under our General Submission program. Books received will be placed on the available books list sent out to reviewers every week. Once your book’s publish date reaches 90 days past its publish date, we will cancel the book from our system. You’ll receive an email if that occurs.

The earlier you get us your book, the more time it will spend on our list going out to the reviewers.

We accept:

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


So, what are the chances of my book being selected for review?

We only review 40% of the books sent to us.

In 2020, we received around 4,000 books and reviewed just about 60% of them. We have a team of about 100 adult reviewers and 50 children reviewers for Kids’ BookBuzz. Self-published books also have an uphill battle, as many of our reviewers lean towards publishers they’ve enjoyed books from before. That’s not to say we don’t support indie authors.

We are selective of what books we choose to accept for potential general review. Things that increase your chance of acceptance:

  • Having a professionally designed cover.
  • Attractively formatted interior.
  • If you’ve provided us with a sell-sheet and your contact information.
  • Is your book close to having been published close to our cut-off month above? The sooner you sent us a book, the longer it will stay on our available books list. Books that are received too close or after the month listed above won’t even be checked in.

If you really want to make sure we review your book…

Please note: If you send us a book for General Review that published prior to the month listed on the top of this page, we won’t even enter it into our database. If your book was published prior to the month listed above, please consider our Sponsored Review program.

We do not return books sent to us.

If you choose to submit an ebook file for General Submission, we will not guarantee that it will be accepted. Print copies are preferred over ebook files. We don’t have a large staff to input ebooks into our database. Print books can be scanned into it, making it much quicker.

How to Mail Us a Printed Book

If you would like to snail mail us your book, please send two copies to our office (address listed below). If you have an electronic file of your book, please go use the form below to upload your eBook file.

If you answer YES to these questions, you may submit your book to us for General Review consideration:

  • Your book was published after the date listed at the top of this page or will be coming out soon.
  • You understand we are not guaranteeing that we will review your book.

Mail TWO Books To:

Note this office is the hub for San Francisco Book ReviewSeattle Book ReviewManhattan Book ReviewTulsa Book Review, and Kids’ BookBuzz):

City Book Review
3201 Norris Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95821

Note: If you do not include your EMAIL address with your books, we will not consider them.