Review Policy

The information below is current as of January 1, 2013.

In order to be considered, all pitches must include the publisher and release date.

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About This Blog
I have been operating this blog since late February of 2008. I have approximately 1050 subscribers to my feed and about 10,000 page views per month, according to WordPress’s native stats program.

How and when I respond to pitches:
I evaluate review requests once a week  and responding accordingly in order to limit the number of books I accept, as I am currently accepting very few books for review. I will always respond to publicists and authors with whom I already have a working relationship, but I reserve the right to simply not reply to pitches that do not match my blog at all from people with whom I have not worked.

When and How I Will Review
All books sent to me are considered for review, but I do not guarantee a review for any title and I will no longer be participating in any blog tours at all. I am working as a literary agent now, so if I read a book that I love, I will write about it. If I do not love it, I will likely not take the time to write about it at all, but anything written will constitute my honest opinion. In addition, priority will be given to books I am able to consider for Bloggers Recommend (to be considered books must be received at least 4-8 weeks before publication date). Books arriving later than that, particularly those arriving after pub date are much less likely to ever be read and reviewed.

Accepted formats:
NetGalleylogo pictureI accept audio and print books. Bound galleys and ARCs are fine, as are finished paperbacks or hardcovers. I am currently accepting few/no ebooks, as my ereader is full of manuscripts. I will not accept books available ONLY as ebooks, except the occasional short story by traditionally published authors who have longer form stories available in print. My preferred method of receiving ebooks is through NetGalley, where is listed as a Review Organization Accepting NetGalley Titles. Under no circumstances do I accept Kindle books, or anything available only through Amazon.

Unsolicited Books
I will do my best to review unsolicited books when they appeal to me. If I am not interested in an unsolicited book, I will attempt to pass it on to another blogger who may review it, but I may also donate it to the library. I cannot guarantee reviews of unsolicited books.

Books I Like to Read

  • Historical fiction (less so those set in America)
  • Women’s fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • History
  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Cozy mysteries
  • Literary thrillers
  • Historical mysteries/thrillers
  • Young adult literature
  • General contemporary fiction
  • Audiobooks (of one of the above genre classifications)

I am also now accepting board books and high-quality picture books for “Saturday Story Spotlight”

Books I Will Not Accept

  • Self-help
  • Self-published
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Romance
  • War novels

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