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.