REQUESTS CURRENTLY CLOSED
Unfortunately, as of June 8th 2012 I am currently not accepting any new review requests until the current backlog is cleared. Those who have contacted me prior to this date with a review request (that have yet to send me a copy of their book) may still do so if I have asked for it. I aim to try and clear the backlog as quickly as possible.
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused. I have still accepting requests for guest blogs/blog tours.
I am now officially opening up my blog for book reviews! As some of you know, I review books on the website Read2Review – but I’ve decided to open my blog up to reviews independently of the website. Don’t worry, I will still be doing book reviews for R2R, but I also know how hard it is for authors to get reviews these days and would like to do my bit to help.
Therefore, if you are an author and would like to submit a book to me for review then I’d love to hear from you. Please read on and make sure you read ALL the information before emailing me.
How I will conduct my reviews
I will review any book by any author. It doesn’t matter if it’s self published, vanity published or traditionally published – if you’re an author who has a book, then I will be happy to give it a look (and you even got a little rhyme there from me!).
Reviews will be posted on my blog as and when I can – usually on a Wednesday as that is when I dedicate my blog to reading. I will also post any review on Amazon and Goodreads, and if you can suggest another place for the review to go, then let me know (I cannot currently put a review on Smashwords without buying the book first, so if you suggest this, please bear this in mind).
How I review the book will be based on the following criteria, starting with a brief synopsis of the piece/author:
COVER: They say never judge a book by it's cover, but I will spend a few moments talking abou the cover and outline any issues that it may have. This will not effect my overall review though - I'll just be making a comment on it if anything.
PLOT: Essentially: is it a good story? Does it flow well? Is the pace right for the subject?
CHARACTERS: Are they well developed and interesting? Do they stand out? How do they develop during the story? To me characters are a very important part of a story and a large factor in making my decision about a story.
READABILITY: This covers how the story flows and how the different parts join together. I will also include details of any typos or formatting issues.
ARTWORK: I'll briefly talk about the cover if I need to and any other artwork involved.
I will also identify the target audience and I will warn you if there is any adult content and anything else the reader needs to know. After that, I'll do a quick pros and cons section of each book and then a final mark. Much like my Read2Review reviews, I'll give a mark out of five and say for whom I think this book is recommended.
Please note that all reviews will be purely be based on my own personal opinion and they will be as honest as possible. However, I will NOT post any reviews that are overwhelmingly negative. I myself am an author and know the level of hard work that goes into writing. That being said, I don’t believe in giving “empty praise” and will make my criticisms as valid and helpful as I can. If I feel that I cannot do a review without it being negative, I will contact you to advise you of this.
I aim to complete any review within 4-6 weeks of receiving the book, although this is subject to change dependent on the level of submissions. I will read all books in the order that I receive them so that it is fair to the other authors. Should you require a review by a certain date, please let me know. I will try and accommodate where possible, but this cannot always be guaranteed.
EDIT: At the moment I am currently experiencing a large volume of review requests so the current estimated time for a review is around 2-3 months.
What I WILL review
I will review Fiction novels (I will also accept short stories and novellas) of ANY kind, this means I will review Children’s/Young Adult/Adult/Etc. My main love is Science Fiction and Fantasy, however, I have also reviewed Romance novels in the past and I am more open to them than most male readers. I do not wish to limit myself to any particular genre so please contact me to discuss your book and I will usually accept it (with the exceptions mentioned below).
I also will accept poetry, graphic novels, comics and Manga of any style – in fact I openly encourage creators (artists/writers) of those to send them forward to me and I will be happy to take a look. For any artists out there who wish me to critique their work, I am also happy to do that as well.
What I will NOT review
I won’t review any novel that contains rape, bestiality, torture, murder or child abuse if it is portrayed as a sexual fetish. I refuse to promote anything above that tries to pass itself off in that way. So that means no Hentai or anything resembling Hentai. That doesn’t mean I don’t accept erotic fiction – but if your work does include any of the above, please let me know.
This also means that I cannot accept any excessively erotic or pornographic artwork of any kind. Please bear in mind I have to be careful of the level of content I can post on my blog and this is the kind of stuff I don’t think I can get away with.
Also, I won’t review fan-fiction of any kind. That’s not to say that I have anything against it, I just don’t feel right reviewing something that uses other peoples work. Unless of course it is a semi-canon source that is meant to be part of the same continuity. If your work falls into this, please let me know beforehand.
At the moment I am currently not accepting Non-fiction books as I do not think I can give them a fair review, so if you're book is non-fiction then I may not be the best person to approach.
How much will I charge for reviews
I will NEVER charge any author/artist for a review of their work. This also means that I will NOT accept bribes of any kinds, so don’t even think about doing that – it will not make me review your book any quicker. I will review the books in the order that I get them, so please be patient.
And now – the important thing... How to submit to me for a review
EDIT: Due to the large amount of submissions I've had so far, I can only currently accept ONE title per author. If your book is part of a series, please send me the first part of the series. If you have more than one book currently out, please send me the one that you most want reviewed. If I like what I read, I will be happy to read more of your work.
Please send all review requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Review Request” and then the title of your book. All you need to do for this first email is a little synopsis of your book, telling me about the story, characters, genre, etc. You don’t need to go into too much detail, just a few paragraphs is fine. By all means include a link to your website or blog for me to check you out if you so wish.
If I like what I hear, I will ask for a copy of the book. DO NOT send me a copy of the book on your first email. I need to make sure that I can give a full and honest review of the book first, based on the synopsis you give me, so don’t send it until I tell you that I am ready to accept it. By all mean, send me any promotional material and a book cover – just don’t send me the book straight away until I ask for it. Don’t worry, I will usually say yes to any review requests. I would also like a authors biography to include with the review when it is posted, so please send me this also, including any links you like added (because I’d also like to promote you as a author during my review).
For comic and graphic novels, it’s ok to send me some sample artwork if you so wish. I will probably only ask for one issue in the case of a long running series. If it’s a one off, the full issue will be fine.
When I ask for the book, it is probably easiest to send them in PDF or Mobi files. However, if you only have hard copies of the book, I will accept them as well – however please see the disclaimer below.
Finally – a little disclaimer
Please note that the above information is subject to change without prior notice.
I reserve the right to not review a book based on the above and I reserve the right to cancel a review at any given time. I will always give a reason for doing so in this instance.
By the same token, you have the right to ask me to cancel a review if you so request prior to its posting.
Should you wish to send me a paperback copy, you are responsible for your own postage and packaging. Should you wish for a copy of the book to be returned, please include a stamped address envelope with your letter or I will NOT return it. Please bare this in mind when sending hard copies.
I aim to respond to all review requests within 7 working days. If, once receiving your book for review, you have heard nothing from me from the time frame mentioned above, please send me ONE chaser email. If you continuingly spam me with emails, I will cancel your review.
By sending me a copy of your book, you acknowledge that I can use any material provided (ie, cover art) for review purposes. You will retain full copyright to the book and its contents.
Guest posts/blog tours
For those wishing to do a guest post or wish to have me as part of their blog tour, or to include any of my works on their blog, please email me at the address above to discuss.
Reviews of my books
If you wish to express an interest in reviewing any of my books - please contact me at the above email to discuss.
So there you are, hopefully the above is ok for you and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.