Review Policy

review-policy

Updated January 10, 2020

I accept requests on a review consideration basis only.

I can not guarantee I will finish reading any book prior to starting it, whether it’s for a review request or a book I’ve chosen from my own personal collection—and I don’t review books unless I finish reading them.

Reading Format

  • Ebook only
  • NO PDF files
  • Files must be compatible with Kindle Fire—.mobi, .azw, .azw3—.mobi is my preferred format.

Poorly formatted files will be deleted and review consideration will be withdrawn. Physical books will never be accepted, so there is no need to offer one.

Genres

As of January 2020, these are the only genres I’m accepting for review consideration.

  • Crime Thriller
  • Domestic Thriller
  • Dystopia
  • Historical Fiction
  • Psychological Thriller

I will not accept any of the following genres for review consideration at this time.

red-xApocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic
red-x Chick Lit
red-x Coming of Age
red-x Contemporary Fiction
red-x Fantasy
red-x Magical Realism
red-x Mystery
red-x Nonfiction
red-x Romance
red-x Science Fiction
red-x Southern Fiction
red-x Time Travel
red-x Women’s Fiction

Books with aliens, ghosts, werewolves, shifters, or vampires will never be accepted for review consideration. I’m simply not interested in these things.

I only respond to review requests I accept.

I receive a massive amount of email every day, so it isn’t possible for me to reply to every request I receive. If I’m inclined to accept the request, you’ll receive a reply from me promptly.

Please don’t expect a review to be written within a specific time frame.

With the exception of blog tours, I don’t maintain a strict time frame for when I’ll be reading and reviewing specific books. I choose my next book based on the genre I’m in the mood for at that moment, not the date on the calendar.

What can you expect if I review your book?

Every review I write will honestly reflect my feelings about your book, whether those feelings are positive or negative. If I enjoyed the story, I will explain why, and will likely offer praise for particularly clever twists, vivid settings, and well-written characters. If I didn’t like your book, I will list the reasons why I didn’t. If portions of the story didn’t work for me, I will explain the reason(s) why it felt wrong, and how it affected the overall story. Negative reviews are the last thing an author wants, I know, but I owe it to my followers to avoid sugar-coating my reactions in the hopes of sparing an author’s feelings. That said, any criticism I have will be focused solely on the book itself, and should not be construed as a personal attack on the author.

What should you do if you disagree with my review or rating?

Absolutely nothing. With the exception of correcting typos or other minor mistakes, my reviews and ratings will remain the same. In requesting a review for your book, you asked for my opinion—whether you agree with it or not is irrelevant.

#AuthorsBehavingBadly is a fairly constant discussion on Twitter for a reason. While I’ve never experienced vitriol from an author who was offended by my review, it should be clearly understood that I will not tolerate such behavior, and will immediately let other bloggers know you are an author best avoided.

No one wants that.

This policy will be updated as needed.