Book Review Policies 2022

2022-3-15: Please note that this tab is the main spot to 
come to for any changes in book review policies,
in the event I miss updating any individual blog entries. 

At this moment I’m not terrifically rolling in time, so of necessity I am being very selective about which books I am accepting for review. Please see below for more info. Thank you!

 Please also see this tab’s companion blog post here.

And so here we are – already into 2022. It’s a long way off from 2012, when I first started this blog, and I’ve come into contact with some really fabulous people. Most of the time this site has been going I’ve done book reviews, and at one point I stopped, picking up again with other ideas and topics I wanted to talk about or delve into. To be honest, I still want to do this, but it’s kind of hard to stay away from the stories. This, of course, has happened before, and I periodically opened up to accept a few reviews. When I started contemplating things again this time, I decided to do shake it up a bit. Some aspects will stay the same, though, because the goal is to make it easier for all involved.

A little background: I’ve got a degree in English I totally loved working for. I had really fantastic professors and held on to a lot of the books, stories and poetry we read for my various lit courses. A few I recall off the top are: Reading in the Dark (Seamus Deane); The Real Charlotte (Ross & Somerville); “The Fisherman and His Soul” (Oscar Wilde); In the Time of the Butterflies (Julia Alvarez); “My Kinsman, Major Molineaux” (Nathaniel Hawthorne); The Odyssey (Homer); A Very Long Engagement (Sebastian Japrisot); Paula (Isabel Allende); The Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka); “Le Belle Dame sans Merci” (John Keats); “Child’s Play” (Ichiyo Higuchi); The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy); Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlowe); Liars’ Club (Mary Karr); “Notes from Underground” (Fyodor Dostoevsky) aaaaaand one novel set in 1800s American Southwest by a female author, which at one point contains a direct quotation from The Metamorphosis—that I have been unable to remember or identify for years. (I really want to read it again.)

As a child and teen I was enamored of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Crystal Cave and anything by Lewis Carroll. These days I still read all that, plus memoir, ghost stories, historical fiction, various non-fiction, time travel and lots of indie books.

So here’s how I’m opening up the works ~

It’s pretty straightforward in terms up how to get started: Please shoot me an email. But there are a few things you should know first.

  • I only accept hard copies. Extended electronic reading gives me a headache and I’m done with it, so paperback or hardback are fine.
  • I do not guarantee I will review your book once I read it. Unless I become inundated, I will start every book I receive. If I finish and decide to write a review, I will let you know, so please be sure to provide your email address.
  • I work really hard on my reviews and aim to make them quality pieces. Because these entries really are joint efforts—you write the book and I do the review—I have an expectation that we don’t fall into a one-sided association here. Indeed, you wrote the book, and so you should get the kudos and income from it, and my goodness I hope you make heaps of dough! (I don’t say that sarcastically; I know it’s fashionable to demonize success these days.) However, for the blog part, I’ll be posting my reviews to Amazon, Goodreads and linking on Twitter (possibly one or two more). So I’m bringing into the mix that part of the deal is that you help promote the review and link to it and the blog—and please, not just as a one-off. Doing this makes it a win-win situation and is a very small way to help a blogger to help authors, especially indie authors, whose marketing departments often need frequent infusions of caffeine. Seriously, though, the more viewers any given book blog gets, there more people are going to be seeing your book(s!) reviewed, and the better chance this level of exposure advances to a higher one. (More on this below)
  • I work full time and am currently engaged with a few of my own projects. I am carving out very specific time to spend on reading books for the blog, but I’m just one person with a family who takes priority. If I don’t answer your email, it just means I wasn’t able to get to it or am unable to take on a review at this time. Feel free to check back in a few weeks, couple of months, when you next remember, etc.  If I answer and take on your book, fabulous. Once I have your book in hand, I don’t mind an email with a What’s up? (so long as it does not become excessive), but please do not be rude or pushy to me. This behavior is not persuasive.
  • To get this out of the way as well: I really don’t like having to say this, but I decide which books I will review, no one else. I can only do so many, thus I choose from the top on my list of favorite genres. If your genre is not in that group or I do not choose to review your book, being ugly to me will not change anything. If I am aware of a reviewer who does specialize in or favor that genre, I’m happy to recommend if I am able.
  • Friendly reminder: Please do not contact me on social media re: if I have read your book yet, written the review, etc. If you have questions about the process or review, please email me. I will be glad to answer via email.
  • If you would like to do a giveaway, by all means please let me know; I’d love to host it. Authors outside the United States can, at least in my experience, order from (as opposed to Amazon UK, etc.) to send books Stateside, rather than having them ship overseas.
  • Please check back here periodically, as there may be updates or additions to the guidelines.
  • For sending me documents with author bio, guest posts, etc.: for the time being, I am only accepting .docx documents. I cannot accept Pages or any other type, as I recently had an issue with Pages that entailed it uninstalling Word from my computer and a fairly giant hassle getting it back, and fixes to navigate once I did. If you only have Pages, an alternative would be to simply copy paste the text into an email. At some point this may change, but for now this is where we are.

Please be aware that sending me your book or other 
materials indicates acknowledgement of this policies page 

Once you have read this and decided we are a good match ~

Please send me an email, telling me a little about your book, to scully_dcATyahoo DOT com

Have an awesome day! 🙂



14 thoughts on “Book Review Policies 2022

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    1. Hi, Martha, we’ve spoken since you wrote, but I wanted to say a big thanks for stopping by. We’ll be seeing each other soon again! 🙂

  4. That was a great review! (“After The Sucker Punch,” by Lorraine Devon Wilke.) I’d rather write an entire book than review a book, (or write a synopsis, for that matter). Anyway, that’s it. Great review. I’m off to find out if I can get you to review my memoir, Loveyoubye.

    1. Hello! I know it’s ben awhile but I want to still respond here also for the sake of other readers. You already know, but for others~~I shall indeed be reading and reviewing _Loveyoubye_.

      Quick story, peeps: The day I received it in the mail I had to go to the tax office and so while waiting began to read—ended up reading five chapters in one go. Really looking forward to getting back to it!

      1. Oh and how rude of me! Thanks so much for your kind words about the review. 🙂 Feel free to drop by anytime 😀

  5. Hi Lisl, thanks so much for finding my humble blog and introducing yourself to me. I am having a good look around here as we “speak” and loved the whispers in the ears of eternity. I am sure your other posts will also captivate me. xxx

    1. Hello! I’m glad you made it over, and thanks for your kind words and taking the time to comment. 🙂 I have a feeling we’ll “see” each other more as I love to read your thoughts on what’s going on in the world and your space in it–it’s sort of like being included in a conversation. I’m glad you are liking what you’re seeing here, and hope you’ll comment more because I really love to learn what people are enjoying the most. Looking forward to more of your wonderful posts ~LIsl~

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