Policies and etc.
1. I review speculative fiction – that’s fantasy or science fiction with the exception of paranormal romance. That means that I do not review or read paranormal romance and I am very picky with what urban fantasy I want to read and review. Please, please do not send me PNR requests. I will either ignore them, or say no, and all that it does it show me that you don’t read my reviewing policies and that aggravates me. This also means that while your autobiography, or the book you wrote about the guy who invented ice cream might be fascinating, but it doesn’t fit this site and I won’t review it.
2. I appreciate when people send me queries before they send me their books. Please be aware of the fact that I get so many queries in my email, I cannot reply to all of them. I know this is bad form, but if you send me a query that doesn’t appeal to me, or I don’t have time to read your book or whatever, I’ll probably not reply. Horrible and unprofessional? Yes, but I don’t have a lot of time so that is how I have to work it.
3. I am currently not accepting self-published books. This isn’t because I hate on self-published authors. I go in and out of accepting them so check back frequently. The reason I’m currently not accepting them is because my backlog of traditionally published books is impressive and embarrassing so I need to winnow that pile down a bit before I can accept self-published books.
4. I try very, very hard to get books read and reviewed within two weeks of publication date. However, some authors or PR people have requests for books to be reviewed on a different date. Please tell me when you need your review posted, and I will try very hard to get it done by that time. That being said, also be aware of the fact that I get roughly 20 books in my mail a week, and I have a life, so while I try very hard to be timely, it does occasionally happen that I’m not. I will try hard, but that’s not a guarantee that I won’t be a month off on the review post time.
5. I prefer to read an author’s book before I interview them.
6. All of my reviews are posted on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. If you want me to post on Amazon, you need to request it.
7. I am now running the Special Needs in Strange Worlds column on SF Signal. Some books that are sent to me might be reviewed there instead of here, if they fit the perameters of my column. Also be aware, if I think I can bother you (author) for an interview or guest post for my column, I will do it. If you think you have something to add to my column, please contact me. I’m always, ALWAYS taking or looking for guest posts or interviews for that column, and I’m always excited to read more books that I can review over there that fit the theme of Special Needs in Strange Worlds. If your book is reviewed over there, I will link to said review on my webpage (here) and I will also do my regular linkblast on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook.
8. I also occasionally have reviews posted on Fantasy Literature.
I don’t choose what reviews are posted and I don’t choose when they post, but random reviews of mine are posted over there, so be on the lookout for that.
9. I like to podcast. If you podcast and you’re looking around for a guest to have on (genre related, please) contact me.
10. I don’t mind my reviews being spread around, or quotes being blurbed various places, but I do want to keep track of who put what where. All reviews posted on this website are my property. If you’d like to use them, or quote them, please ask my permission first.
11. In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, I would like everyone to know that while I do purchase my own books for review on occasion, most books are provided by the authors and/or publishers. I do specify which ones were provided for free. The books that do not say how they were procured are the ones I purchased myself, or got from the library. You shouldn’t be able to tell the difference in my reviews.
12. I have been inundated recently by people who want me to edit their huge novel for free. I do not edit for free, or for cookies, or for a good vibe sent my way from a happy author. Period. It takes a lot of time, and expecting me to dedicate that kind of time to someone for free is actually kind of insulting. If you are interested in me editing your book, contact me. I do, however, enjoy beta reading, and I do not charge for that.
13. Lastly, my reviews are honest. I try to be constructive in everything I write, but if your book doesn’t work for me, I will say that, and I will say why. You cannot bribe my good reviews with coupons, iPods, or money. And yes, I have been offered all of those things.
Sarah (at) bookwormblues (dot) net