Review Policy

STATUS: OPEN

WHAT I WILL CONSIDER REVIEWING

  • Romance

    • After closing my reviewing doors for the majority of the last few years, I’m opening them again, but only for the Romance genre.
    • I mainly read contemporary romances. I’ve yet to find a historical I was really able to get sucked into and finish.
    • Novellas and short stories. There are many out there that get passed over because of novels. I’m a reader that enjoys a shorter read more often than not.
    • Tropes that work great for me:
      • Second Chance. Friends/Enemies to Lovers. Small Town setting. Holiday books (a big hook for me).
    • Do I only read M/F romance? Hell no! I’ll take my characters however you have them! Any gender, sexuality, etc. Just maybe keep them human? A paranormal or alien book will take something big to catch my eye.
    • Same goes for character races. If the book’s not white on white, it’s much more appealing for me to consider for review. There are many other people falling in love in the world than just the white hetero couples. I welcome it all!
    • When it comes to a series, only send a request for the first book unless you’ve looked at my Goodreads shelf and seen that I’ve read the books leading up to it.
      • Major exception: If it’s a series of standalone novels, any book in the series will be considered.
    • WHAT I WON’T BE CONSIDERING FOR REVIEW:
      • Erotica and the like. I have nothing against erotica and erotic romances, etc. I’ve written my share of short stories in the genres. I just haven’t enjoyed reading many recently and would like to stick to what side of Romance is working for me currently.
      • Romantic Suspense. I’ve tried many, even some from authors I love for other things, and they just haven’t worked for me. There may be one that fits right for me out there in the wild, but I’ll find it through my own searching. I’d rather not waste your time.
      • Short story collections/anthologies. I’ll only read single stories or novellas. I can read a particular story or novella inside a collection/anthology. But please know that I’ll only be reviewing that story on the blog. I don’t post partial reviews on Goodreads or store sites unless I’ve reviewed the entire work. Think of the partial review on the blog more as a book feature with a little push due to the one story.
      • No pseudo-incest, step-X romance, or anything that you feel falls in that area of things when reading this. There are other reviewers for that. I’m not one of them.

HOW TO SUBMIT A REQUEST

  • Email miztrebor88@gmail.com
    • I only accept requests sent to this email. All other forms of communication will be ignored. Please do not inquire through Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. (Unless we’ve already started talking about it there and it’s not just you spamming me.)
    • Please only use that address for review inquiries. For other inquires please use this contact form.
  • What to include in the email.
    • Book title
    • Series name, if applicable. (Also if it stands alone in a series or should be read in order. If the later, see above.)
    • Genre/Subgenre
    • Length (approximate in pages or word count)
    • Description
    • Link to book on Goodreads or your website.
      • It’s good to see the cover and presentation on a website or GR. Sometimes there’s more info I can get from links.
  • What NOT to include in the email.
    • Book files.
      • DO NOT send the book until I’ve accepted it for review.
      • Any files sent before being accepted will be deleted, the request will be declined.
      • This also means don’t send any Smashwords or similar coupons to get the book free. Wait for that until I’ve accepted the book.
      • If the book is already available for free and you’ve include a link to it for me to see more info, that’s ok. That link was included for different reasons than to provide the book before I accepted it.
    • Quotes from other reviewers or links to other reviews.
      • To be blunt: I don’t care what other reviewers thought. I don’t want that to influence me one way or the other. If I feel I need another opinion, I’ll search out a review myself.
  • Other things to consider.
    • Request a review from only one book at a time.
      • It’s always better to focus on one book at a time, rather than have me pick and choose.
    • Trying to ignore the policy will not work out in your favor. I could make a Hall of Fame of authors who felt that they could just skim for my email address and send any request they wanted (most of them when I have a huge “CLOSED” sign at the top of the policy) and feel good about themselves. It’s a waste of my time, but also a waste of the author’s time. Because you’re reading this long paragraph right now, you’ve probably put time and effort into seeking a reviewer out, so thank you. I review for fun, to help out authors in need, and I don’t have much free time to put toward reviewing or blogging anymore. If we both respect each other in all this, we’ll all better off.

ACCEPTED FORMATS

  • Accepted.
    • Mobi or other Kindle formats.
      • I read on a Kindle, so obviously I’ll need a Kindle compatible file.
    • Print.
    • Audiobooks.
      • I listen to audiobooks regularly. Just keep in mind that I don’t tend to comment on the actual audio, just the book.
      • If you’re offering audio, please include a sample or a link to a sample. While I won’t comment on the audio part, the narrator is still key to enjoying a book in audio and I’d like to know what I’d be listening to beforehand. If I don’t think the narrator is a good fit, I may still be open to reviewing in another format.
  • NOT accepted.
    • Epub.
      • Again, I read on a Kindle. Epub isn’t compatible for my device.
    • PDF
      • I do not read on my computer. And PDF files are probably the most troublesome formats to read on an ereader.
    • Any other formats not listed above. Unless they’re some new direct-to-brain technology I’m not aware of. I’d totally be open to “reading” that way. Duh.

IF YOU STILL FEEL I’M A GOOD FIT…

  • All reviews are honest and constructive, whether they’re positive or negative reviews.
  • If a book ends up not working for me, I may decide to not finish the book.
    • If this is the case, I won’t review the book. I only review books I’ve finished.
  • I read and review on my own time. I will sometimes give an estimated timeline for when I’ll review a book, but I won’t be held to that timeline.
    • We’re all human and things come up…like my real job.
    • I’m also not the world’s fastest reader. I can speed through some books and struggle through others. Life also gets in the way.
    • Please be patient.
  • Reviews are posted here on the blog, Goodreads, and multiple retail sites when applicable.
    • It doesn’t take more than a few extra minutes for me to copy and paste a review, so I like to help by spreading my reviews whenever possible.