Book Submission Review Guidelines

So, you have a book you want to promote, huh? And you’re scouring the web, looking for ways to tack reviews of your book onto the social media bulletin board? Fair enough. Every labor of love deserves its time in the light. Good on you for being such a proactive promoter!

If you are an author or publisher would like us to review a book for you, please email us at Books do not have to be brand-new, either; back catalog titles work as well. And self-published authors are as welcome as big publishing house ones, too!

Finally, while we’d love to give everyone a Martini Five, please understand that if a reviewer just doesn’t like something about your book they’ll say so. Of course, that’s the risk you take any time you write a book–some people are going to love it, others will hate it. But we will endeavor to give as balanced a review as possible–very few books don’t have at least something to like!


The Basics

What types of books does Cocktail Party Statement review?

We review the books that inspire us. Please don’t ask us to fit a mold.

Do I have to pay to get my book reviewed?

It doesn’t hurt… Just kidding! How objective would that review be? No, this is not a pay-for-review service.

Will my book actually get featured on the site?

We don’t accept every review request we receive, but if we agree to take the journey with your book, then it will most definitely be featured on the site.

Eligibility for Submission

Availability for Sale

Your book doesn’t have to be available for purchase in retail bookstores, but we’d like our readers to be able to buy it if they like it (which is what we assume you want, too), so you’ll ideally have yourself setup on Amazon or some other online retailer before submitting your book to us for review.

Does Cocktail Party Statement consider self-published books?

It can be self-published as long as it has the backing of a team of relentless editors.

Can I send you a digital copy of my book?

Yes, absolutely! We actually prefer digital versions of books (well, except for Karin).

Does Cocktail Party Statement accept ARCs?

Absolutely! If they’re signed by the author, that’s even better!

Does Cocktail Party Statement accept book galleys?

Of course!


Books We Do Not Accept

No technical textbooks, architectural digests, law journals nor medical reviews. None of the works of discredited scientists (but Galileo is still ok). No books housing secret compartments for contraband, and sorry Cicero, but no lorem ipsum either. No books requiring 3-D glasses or special eReaders, and unless it lends itself to deep reflection and takes longer than an hour to read, no children’s books please.

Accepted Book Submissions

If you’re interested in reading the reviews of the books that have been accepted so far, please click here.

What to do next:

If you’d like us to consider reviewing your book, simply fill out and submit the form below. We’ll get back to with an address where you can mail 3 books (or email your digital book).