I am not a professional reviewer, and I adore books, and I see reviewing books as a way to “pay” for my addiction to reading. Books are a way of learning more about the world, seeing it from someone else’s perspective, traveling to different places and times, discovering how other people live.
I do try to address the basics, but it usually comes down to what I like or don’t like, which can range from tropes that drive me nuts, stories that have an interesting twist, poor editing, a beautiful way with words, characters whom I adore or despise, how well the author conveyed the sense of the time period, how well the author provided the show versus the tell, and/or if I become irritated with info dumps, ahem.
I only provide honest reviews, so you may not like what I write. And yes, I will post negative reviews if it’s a book I have picked up on my own or through NetGalley. Like I said, I’m honest in my reviews, and if the author believes in his or her book enough to publish it, then they have to accept that not all reviews will be positive.
I believe in authors, and I sympathize with readers. I want to promote the books authors write, and I want to encourage or warn readers. With our economy as it is, many readers don’t have the resources to waste on books they won’t enjoy. If I can help readers to make a better choice on how to spend their money, I will. And it is always up to the reader to choose whether they want to believe what I say.
Every Book Review Includes:
When I review a book, I include:
- Information on its position within a series
- A quick hit on who the story revolves around and where the story is based
- My take, what I think of the story
- My own summary of the story. I don’t like using the provided book description as I don’t find them accurate all the time nor do I want to waste the space on it — especially since that description already exists *grin*. Unless, I am posting a review for a book provided by an author or author’s agent and that information is part of the promotional material.
- A list of characters
- My interpretation of the cover
- What I believe the title means
- The title is linked to Goodreads because it provides a central location for readers to choose where to go and purchase the book
- Other links include references to other books written by the author, series or books of which the author’s writing reminds me
I would appreciate the author or his/her agent provide hard URLs for any graphics they want used for blog tours or launches.
In the future, I plan to include:
- A link to Amazon to purchase the book
- The ability to raffle off books, ARCs, contests, etc.
My Book Reviews are Posted To:
I post book reviews to:
- KD Did It Takes on Books
- Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!
- Notifications go to Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook
I Like to Read:
I enjoy a range of genres as well as a range of target audiences. I also accept self-published or traditionally published books.
|I Accept||I Don’t Accept|
|Crime / Police procedurals||Religious||Young adult|
|Fantasy / Paranormal / Supernatural / Urban fantasy||New adult|
|Romance, yes, this includes erotica|
When Submitting Your Book For Review:
I may not immediately respond to your email request for a number of reasons including my not having read the email yet. I will respond when I can. If it is longer than two weeks, send it again as my Mail program sometimes hiccups.
There is no guarantee I will post your review, as I only post solicited reviews if I can give the book a positive “3” or better; if I rate the book as a negative “3” or less, then I don’t post a review but I do send back a critique.
Acceptable Formats Include:
I accept either a hardcopy or a MOBI format; I do not do PDFs, eBooks, or audio recordings. Once I’ve completed the review (or not), the hardcopy will be either donated to my local library or used as a giveaway on my blog.
The Review Schedule
If you are on a schedule, tell me and I will decide if I can fit a review in for you. There is no guarantee there will be a review posted. That said, the books I read do have a hierarchy: library books and ARCs from NetGalley have precedence. My mood for what I want to read shifts. The number of books in my TBR varies, however, it’s usually in a growth stage. I try to schedule the books as they arrive, which could be anywhere from tomorrow (that mood thing) to months.
I participate in blog tours, although my review policy on solicited reviews holds true. If I have committed to a date in a blog tour and the review will not be posted, I will include the promotional material on the date for which I signed up.
I would appreciate it if any graphics you wish to have included with the review or the promotional material is in the form of a hard URL(s) (http://www.XXX.ext – either a PNG or JPG file); I do not use images which I have to download.
I will accept guest posts, subject to my doing a light edit as long as it fits within the idea of my blog which focuses on authors and readers. Please review my Guest Post Policy.
Covers, Teasers, & Trailers
I don’t do covers, teasers, or trailers as they make me nuts when I get them in my inbox. I trash them. I tend to remember the words, and when I do finally receive the ARC, it slows my reading down as I wonder if I’ve already read this. I do like covers as part of the review.
If after all this, you’re still interested in my doing a review, participate in a blog tour, or include a guest post, please submit your request for a book review, blog tour, or a guest post.
Use Review For Promotional Reasons
You’re welcome to use all or part of any review I post for promotional reasons. Just let me know where as it gives me a thrill to know you liked it.