Submission Guidelines

I no longer accept unsolicited books for review. I do not accept requests directly from authors that are not represented at this time. If you are an author that I have previously worked with, this does not apply to you. Whilst I love indie authors and appreciate all of the hard work they do, there are many, many books out there and I am but one (really short) woman. It got to the point where I couldn’t reach the top of the stack anymore.

If you are a publisher or a publicist and would like me to consider one of your author’s works for review, please contact me at readfulthings@gmail.com

If the book you are inquiring about is currently available on Netgalley please let me know in your request.

* I will resume considering review requests directly from authors in November :)

55 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines

  1. Love this part: “Please be aware before you send anything to me that I am always honest. What this means, is that if I dislike your book, I will not be afraid to say so. I will never do so in a way that is degrading to the author, but I also will not sugar coat the way I feel about any book. If you have not become thick-skinned enough by the time you publish your book to handle a review that is not glowing then please consider your choice of careers carefully.”

    Nice that you offer such a service!

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    • Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Yeah…I was kind of hoping I might scare away those who were expecting an easy five star. I do understand how tough it is to write a book and to be criticized once you put your work out there, but I also want people to be prepared. :) I wasn’t born with much of a filter and I tend to say whatever comes to mind.

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  2. Hello Ionia,
    Thanks for liking our Pacific Rim Press blog on the newly published, ‘ Manichaeism 101’. Glad to see you that you have well-thought out submission rules for reviews.

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  3. Hi ioniamartin, thanks for the like. i like that you are honest. I will send you a request to review my book if and when I already have one. thanks for sharing your talent.

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  4. Hi Ionia,
    Thanks so much for following my blog “So… You Want to Be a Writer”. I will send you a request for book review soon. You sound like a reviewer who is honest and above board, and I appreciate that. :)

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  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog site, mbtimetraveler.com. I have three books out currently and two more should be out by summer. I want to risk you not liking them in a review, but the review request button above does not seem to be working. You can contact me at eiverness@cox.net or at my blog. I will continue to try the link over the next few days, but it keeps giving me a message it cannot find it. Thanks!

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  6. Hi, I like your blog, and really like the notion that you’re a musician, photographer, reader, and writer. Cross fertilization, creatively! Also like your photos and see that you enjoy close-ups. I NEVER leave home without a pocket camera, and can think of no better way of keeping your vision sharp. What’s your music? Are your kids creative—well, stupid question, isn’t it. All kids are creative.

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    • Thank you so much, and it is very nice to meet you. I do like close-ups. I also have a thing for wide angle shots, but in my tests they didn’t look do great on my site. I was impressed with your site as well. Nice to meet another nature lover and photo enthusiast! I play classical piano pieces and a bit of contemporary music as well. You are so right, kids are very creative! I look forward to more of your posts.

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  7. You are one brave lady! Enjoyed your forthright opinion and directions. You are the reviewer I’ve been seeking. I humbly hope you will consider my book for your perusal. Thank you for this blog.

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  8. Really appreciate your submission guidelines. Honest feedback is gold dust to a writer and, even if it is painful, I find comments on what hasn’t worked almost more useful than praise and often more difficult to come by. With a fiction and a non-fiction book in the pipeline, I look forward to submitting a request (one at a time, I promise) for a review.

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    • I will look forward to it. I was named after my grandmother, who had family in Greece. I think we were both names after the Ionian regions of Greece. I use Ionia Martin because it is less of a mouthful than Ionia Anatolia Mariah Florescu-Martin try putting that on a standard form :)

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  9. I really enjoyed reading your submission guidelines! I do have one question though, when you say paperback or Kindle format, does that mean you’d rather have the (real, able-to-hold-in-your-hand-and-smell-the-new-book-smell) paperback or the (really-is-on-my-kindle-device) kindle edition, or is that how the document (not PDF, right?) must be set up? I’d really love to send you my book, (it is a YA western fiction) but am unsure how to get it to you. Please let me know! Thank you very much!

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  10. Hi Ionia, nice to see you on my blog – I’m hoping you liked what I wrote about ‘The Lion’s World’, I found it very moving and hoped that came across in what I said. All the best, Ruth

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  11. What a kind and generous thing to do! AND you tell it like it is. I current have a work in progress that is about 25% complete (but the beginning was the hard 25%). I hope you are taking reviews when I finish it!

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  12. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it
    to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to
    go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic
    but I had to tell someone!

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