Q: What is your review policy?

A: *** I AM NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING BOOKS FOR REVIEW. I have a huge back log of review copies I haven’t yet read, and it would be unfair to give the false impression that I would get to yours in a timely manner. ****

I am not compensated for my reviews in any way. I accept books from publishers or authors in exchange for an honest review of the material.

Approximately 95% of the review requests I receive are for books that do not meet my review criteria. Because I receive several of these emails a day, and because reading and reviewing books is a hobby that takes the passenger seat to my doctoral work, I cannot always take the time to craft a “no thank you” email to requests that have not bothered to read or respect my review policy:

*I generally do not accept books from self-published authors.

*I do not accept picture books.

*I do not accept erotica.

*I only review YA.

*I prefer contemporary fiction and dystopia.

*I will consider graphic novels, historical fiction, mysteries, and non-fiction.

*My preferred format is a physical ARC. I often pass these along to teachers and librarians when finished.

*I also prefer audiobooks!

*I will always consider requests from authors and publishers I have worked with before.

*It may take me 2-5 months to post a review, due the rhythm of the academic semester.

I generally only accept review copies for books that I feel I will be able to read in a timely fashion. I will always give a fair, professional, honest review of all materials I review on this blog.

Q: How can I contact you?

You can shoot me an email. If you are a reader of my blog and want to connect, you can also leave a comment on an entry or contact me through twitter or tumblr. I love comments!

Q: How do you get away with using the copyrighted images of book covers on your blog?

A: I answered this question in this blog post about book cover images and copyright and this Ask Me Anything post about copyright.

Q: Where do you get your images?

A: Many of the photos are my own or come from Creative Commons share-alike licensed photos on flickr.com. The book covers often come from Librarything or Goodreads. I make many of my images myself using Picnik or Adobe Photoshop.

I make all of my Quotetastic Friday photos. The background images usually come from my personal collection or government archives (I love me some retro photos!). Occasionally I will used Creative Commons Attribution licensed phots — in those cases, I always list the photographer and image title in the photo description.

Q: Where do you get your books?

A: Most of my books are advance review copies (ARCs) from publishers via Edleweiss and NetGalley. I also get many books directly from publishers. Even though these books are provided to me for free, I always provide an honest, yet respectful/professional, review. Most of the time I pick the books from a broader selection, so I have a lot of personal choice in what I get.

20 responses to “FAQ

  1. Just to add my two cents as an author, I’m thrilled whenever someone posts an image of my book cover. People are visual, often, and the cover draws them in. Even without a link, a reader may be exposed to it later and check it out of a library, add it to a wishlist, or even buy a copy.

    • That’s why I LOVE when people post book covers. I might not remember the title later, but if it’s a unique cover I’ll remember it and pick it up when I see it.

  2. Difficult to imagine why any author would not want an image of their book posted on a site such as this! Glad that you’ve done the homework, are sensitive to the issue and are willing to remove upon request. Can’t be fairer than that!

  3. Hi! Just published an illustrated ebook, targeted for middle grade children/young adults. This is the first book from trilogy series “Haee and the other middlings” and it is currently available on Amazon, B&N, iBookstore & Kobo. Would you like to do a quick book review on this? Please advise where to send file. Book trailer is located at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7hfWS0A-RY. More book information at http://www.middlingindustries.com.
    Thanks so much!

  4. I would love for you to review my new book! It is a young adult novel, available in traditional print or e-book form on Lulu.com.

    Hate is a Strong Word is a tale of teenage love, lust and loss told from the perspective of two volatile main characters who have separately come to the realization that they have nothing left to lose. The couple meet online under anything but routine circumstances, and their relationship has a life of it’s own from the start. Watch them fall in love and run away together as they navigate their own personality flaws, inhibitions and mental instability. Can two damaged young people keep themselves and their relationship alive as they traverse the country from Buffalo New York to Denver Colorado on the run from their families, police and their past?

    I would be happy to send you a copy of the book in whatever format you would like.


    Angela Myers

  5. Hello. My name is Fay and I found your blog today. I am a Filipina blogger and writer who loves to read and wants to make a change. Some people think I’m weird, having all these “making a change” thoughts. But I’m serious about them anyway. If you have the time, can you visit my blog and maybe read some posts? I’d love to know what you think. Thank you.:)

  6. HI Tara!
    Love the blog. I’m amazed by the amount of reviews you give and how active you are on your blog. That’s awesome! Truly.

    There is a new science-fiction/fantasy novel that is being released through Writer’s Block Press this December called, The Trials of the Core, and I am looking for individuals to review it. Look for an email from my email, “writersblockpress@gmail.com” that explains more about what it’s about, and gives the rundown on the whole novel. But, for short, I think it’s a mixture of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games.

    Take care and keep up the posts!

  7. Hello Tara,
    I would love to submit a few books to you for review and or feedback. I am an athlete, turned chef, turned author, but am new to it all. I like to think that I am good at it, especially after self publishing 18 books, including 9 cookbooks. I also like to believe that I write great stories, because my life has been quite extraordinary! I love my life! I tried to email the request, but I can’t seem to get the email to send.

    I can send you the hard copy of the books that I wish to have reviewed. Please visit http://www.lulu.com/martyembry to see some of my work. I am a serious chef, as I was with my athletic career and as I am with my writing. However, I have a huge learning curve to catch up to! Also, please Google my name to see that I am very serious and any and all feedback will be helpful.

    Thank you in advance for any and all advice that you can offer! Looking forward to your response.


    Marty Embry

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