My policy for my book review blogs is simple. An honest appraisal from a professional editor. I review fantasy, sci fi, magical realism, steampunk, dystopian and metaphysical and, occiasonally, literary fiction and cozy mysteries.
My reviews appear on my blog, on Amazon.com, and when I’m not too busy doing other things, on my You Tube channel.
I don’t interact on a personal basis with the authors of the books I review. I receive no compensation, and I don’t exchange reviews with other authors. If an author has reviewed one or more of my books, I’ll be more inclined to consider reading their books (because presumably we like the same kind of books), but that doesn’t mean that I will review it or, if I do, that my assessment will match their assessment of my book. Interacting with an author on social media will also not affect my assessment or whether or not I will read and review their book.
The books I read are usually advertised on Book Barbarian as free or 99c. Though occasionally I’ll read books submitted to the Awesome Indies for review, I don’t like to feel that I have to review a book, so …
If you want me to read your book, please only contact me if your book is available for free somewhere where I can download it at the time you submit your request. I have a Kindle, so free days on Amazon are perfect. If you’re not in KDP Select, or want to request a review outside of free days, then I suggest you take out a free account at Instafreebie and set the book up there. If you don’t advertise it, only those who you give the link to will be able to download it. Smashword coupons are also acceptable.
If you fill in the form below to request a review, I will:
- read the email,
- not reply to your email – even if I plan to read your book,
- only read your book if it interests me,
- only review it if I have something to say about it. Some books are not memorable enough to write about, others I have nothing good to say about them,
- notify you when your review is posted,
- not make changes to reviews, so please don’t request them,
- not reply to follow up emails – I’m just too busy.
Note: I tend to only write reviews of books I can say something good about, but if a book is so badly written that I feel readers need to be warned about it, I will leave a negative review on Amazon – but only there and only if there are already reviews posted. I don’t do this for books I don’t like, ( I won’t finish and won’t review those ones): I only leave negative reviews for books that are badly written or not properly edited. So don’t request a review from me unless your book has had a full professional edit and proofread. A few typos are not an issue though.
I suggest that you read The Elements of Active Prose: Writing Tips to Make Your Prose Shine. This is a particularly important book for self-publishing authors who don’t employ a line editor (God save us, but, unfortunately, many don’t!) or who are published by self-publishing service providers or small indie publishers who may only give your book a copy edit and not a line edit as well. If you don’t know the difference, it’would be a good idea to read this post on the AIA Publishing website.
Why I don’t interact with authors directly:
I’ve been burnt by authors (and even author ‘friends’) who argue, who want changes and even who abuse me simply because I’m honest and they’re under the illusion that everyone should think their book is as good as they do. But I will always be honest, and I will not change a review after it’s posted. Prunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds looks at the reviewer/author relationship in some detail. Read this for an insight into reviewers’ perspectives.