Review Policy

Query away, but be warned:  My queue is ridiculously long at this point. Cheers!

POLICY

Firstly, I will not review erotica or what the lay people call romance novels. If your book has a picture of a woman with flowing locks and an unlaced chemise gazing longingly into an absurdly muscled (and inevitably half-naked) man’s eyes, then please seek a review elsewhere.

Secondly, I am happy to read an electronic copy of your manuscript. I will accept PDFs, Kindle gifts, ePubs, mobis, etc. I am also more than happy to read a print copy. *bats eyelashes*

  • In addition to posting reviews on my blog, I also post them on Goodreads, and my blog itself will share my posts to my Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and G+ accounts.

Thirdly, it might be beneficial to know the types of books that I truly love (and the things I truly dislike):

  • I like YA lit, but I will like it even better if it has a fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal skew.
  • I abhor love triangles. Period. The end.
  • I really like books that make my heart race — because of action, not romance.
  • Did you write a book about superheroes!? Oh. My. God. Please send that my way.
  • Dragons. The world obviously needs more dragons.
  • Fairies, mermaids, elves, talking animals, strange mythological creatures no one has heard of before? Pretty much, if we are in the realms of Narnia or The Shire, I am on board.
  • Science fiction, Speculative fiction, Historical fiction, Alternate history, Supernatural/Alternate world? Yes.
  • Military suspense??? No.
  • Stories about dogs…..NO.
  • Philosophy? Yes.
  • Music? Yes.
  • Art? Yes if it actually has art in it. An art book without art? What is that!? I see you looking at me skeptically…It happens. I’ve seen it.
  • Comic books and graphic novels? Yes!
  • When in doubt, you may as well query.

Fourthly, I reserve the right not to finish/review your book after I’ve accepted it. If, for whatever reason, the book and I don’t get along and I can’t finish it, you probably don’t want me to review it. So I won’t.

Lastly, please, for the love of everything, have a professional edit and proofread your manuscript. I can not stress enough the importance of a good editor. I don’t want to get bogged down in correcting your spelling and grammar, or worse, plot holes and inconsistencies, when I could be enjoying a really awesome story!

My rating scale is based on coffee cups. I drink a lot of caffeine…

cup-of-coffee3= “Not worth anyone’s time.” I rarely, if ever, give out this rating. If I don’t finish it I don’t review it.

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= “I didn’t like it.” It may have had one or two redeeming qualities that allowed me to finish reading it.

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= “I liked it.” A good read. Nothing really great, nothing really bad. Just a solid read.

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=  “I really liked it.” Well-developed characters, interesting plot, and believable dialogue.

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= “I loved it.” I rarely give this out. Requires transcendence.

How to query.

Check out Query Shark. No, seriously. Give this a read before you fill out the box below.

~fin~

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5 thoughts on “Review Policy

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  2. I laughed so hard at love triangles and dragons. I can’t wait until you are accepting books again so I can send you mine. So good to see someone else hates love triangles as much as I do! The world does need more dragons. Unfortunately I can only offer pirates at this time. Looking forward to your submissions opening again. 😄

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