Roger Sutton, on why the Horn Book does not currently consider self-published books for review and why that situation is unlikely to change.
I recognise everything he says in the explanation that follows the quoted preamble, and recommend you follow the link.
Here at ACHUKA I have tried and tried to find self-published books worthy of attention. I am still open to submissions, but only because it is usually so instantly apparent what a judgement is going to be, for all the reasons given in Roger’s piece.
I think a bigger question is why “traditionally published” needs to exclude books that are published only as eBooks.
The titles on the ACHUKAbooks list have been ‘traditionally’ curated, edited and copy-edited. Some of them are by authors who have established reputations in traditional print publishing.
Books published by epublishers fall into a hard-to-promote middle ground, where traditional review coverage is not forthcoming, and the kind of self-promotion that “self-published” authors are free to indulge in is not viable.
When I launched ACHUKAbooks well over two years ago I knew that this was the situation at the time, but I felt confident back then that it would soon change and that quality ebooks would soon be given attention in the regular review press. That hasn’t happened.
Dear self-published author:
I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon.