Once reading devices added color to their abilities, illustrated children's e-books have became a reality. And the niche is exploding! Unfortunately, the quality of the picture e-books can be hit and miss. As a children's book author, a free-lance editor, an experienced advertising marketer, and a mother, Valerie Harmon decided she'd highlight the best children's picture e-books and do her part to lift the quality within the niche. If you have a children's picture e-book for her review, please read and follow her guidelines below.
1. Harmon will ONLY review fully-illustrated children's picture e-books. PLEASE do not ask her to review books from any other genre. If you are looking for reviews in a different genre, check out The Kindle Book Review or The Indie View.
2. Please submit following these submission guidelines:
A. In the subject line of your email type: Children's Book Review
B. Attach your book to the email in .mobi or .pdf format (PDF is preferred).
C. Within the email make a formal review request by asking Harmon to review the children's picture e-book and add a list of links to the website, GoodReads book and author/illustrator pages, Amazon book and author/illustrator pages, and Facebook page (for your book/author, not personal). Add a one paragraph biography about the author and illustrator.
D. Submit it to valjeanh [at] gmail [dot]com, and then wait. Depending on Harmon's backlog, it may take several weeks (or more--she does this on the side of a very busy life. For free).
3. These are Harmon's rules of reviewing;
A. She is under no obligation to review your book.
B. She reviews it for free. In exchange for the book, she gives a fair and honest review, and will not be paid for it.
C. She will NOT review a book that she feels rates below a 3. Please remember literature is subjective. Harmon will rate the book according to her opinion. If she doesn't connect with it, believes the book needs work, and/or is not eligible for a 3-star rating or higher, she is not required to write a review.You may agree or disagree, but remember, in submitting your book you are asking for her opinion. This is the rating system she uses:
5 Stars – The best book she's read in a long time.
4 Stars – A great read, but not the best she's read in a long time.
3 Stars - A decent book. She'd recommend it but there were a few flaws
(storyline issues, distracting typos, average illustrations).
2 stars and under – SHE DOES NOT WRITE REVIEWS UNDER 3 STARS.
D. Harmon might review the book on her blog (if it's 4 or 5 stars). She reviews 3 stars and up on Amazon (for The Kindle Book Review). She often links her blog reviews to The Indie View. She also reviews for The Reader's Favorite.
F. If your book is about farting or burping, Harmon is not interested in reading it or reviewing it. Harmon also reserves the right to not review your book if she doesn't feel it is a good fit for her. Remember, reviewing and rating is subjective.
WANT TO REVIEW CHILDREN'S BOOKS TOO? If you would like to review children's picture e-books too, then email Valerie Harmon with your name, writing experience and examples, if available, along with the reasons why you think you'd be good at reviewing, and what device you use for e-books.
LOOKING FOR AN EDITOR? Harmon is an experienced free-lance editor. She's edited many books, both children's and adult, and she loves it! She charges $25/hour or by the book, depending on which you prefer. She does NOT edit Adult-rated/explicit books, please do not request an exception to this.
Contact Ms. Harmon at valjeanh [at] gmail [dot] com. No spam please!