Procedures for Submitting Review Materials to Booklist

Specific guidelines for various formats and types of materials are provided below. Any publisher of a book reviewed in Booklist will receive a tearsheet of the review. Due to the volume of submissions (more than 60,000 per year), we are unable to notify publishers whose books have not been selected for review.

All submissions of materials for review become the sole property of the American Library Association; request for return of materials or other restrictions cannot be honored.

Where to Send Review Materials:

American Library Association
50 E. Huron
Chicago, IL 60611

Who to address:

Adult Books: Brad Hooper, Adult Books Editor

Books for Youth (Children's and YA): Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth Editor

Reference Books: Mary Ellen Quinn, Reference Books Bulletin Editor

Audiovisual Media: Sue-Ellen Beauregard, Editor. Procedures for submitting newly released videos, DVDs, audiobooks, and children’s and spoken-word audio are available  here.

What to Send:

Vital Information. Review copies in all categories must include a publication slip specifying prices and ISBN's for all editions, publication date (month and year), and publisher/distributor.

Galleys: Adult Fiction and Nonfiction. Send galleys, bound if possible, of all original adult fiction and nonfiction, paperback as well as hardcover. Month of publication should be clearly indicated. Galleys should arrive at Booklist at least 15 weeks prior to the book's publication.

Galleys: Children's and YA Books. Send two copies of folded-and-gathered sheets for picture books, nonfiction and other titles primarily dependent on illustrations. Send bound galleys for other children's and YA books including original paperbacks.

Finished Copies. When galleys are not available, Booklist will consider finished copies for review. As with galleys, it is vital that finished copies be sent to Booklist no later than to other prepublication review media. (Many publishers depend on United Parcel Service, Express Mail, or Federal Express to reduce the number of lost or late materials.)

Finished Copies of Books Submitted in Galleys. Please send two copies of all books submitted for review in galleys. These copies are distributed to reviewers and used throughout the year in the compilation of bibliographies and Editors' Choice lists.

Catalogs, Announcements, and Brochures. Automatically send Booklist four copies of your Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer seasonal catalogs. Also include Booklist on your mailing list for all other catalogs, announcements, press releases, and brochures.