Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review Policy

Becky's Book Reviews is happy to accept review copies (books and audiobooks and other bookish products) from authors and publishers. (I won't seek authors out and beg them for review copies. Pleading my case that I really, really, really want their book. But I won't hide the fact that I do seek out publishers to request books on occasion.)

My policy has always been that I review everything that I finish. If I read it, I review it. (Whether I buy it, borrow it, or receive it from publishers and/or authors.)

I do strive for honesty in my reviews. If you don't want my honest opinion of a book, then don't ask me to review it. If you ask for feedback, feedback is what you're going to get. By receiving a review copy, I am not guaranteeing that I will review it. But if I finish it, I will.

While I can't guarantee that I will review a book--only if I finish it--I can assure you that I will give all books at least fifty pages of my time.

Hint: Publishers if you have an exact time frame you'd like to see for a book to be reviewed. Let me know. If I *know* you want a review of a book during a certain week or a certain month, then I'm happy to schedule it in. Books without scheduled dates have lower priority--in a way--than those without. (So if you want the book to be reviewed the exact week it is released--give or take a few days, then I need to know in advance. It may not always be possible, but I'm happy to try to meet your expectations.) Also, if you want me to not review a book too early, then let me know that as well. If a book is coming out in September, and you want me to wait until then--or mid-to-late August, just let me know.

If you are interested, please send me an email at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series if possible. On a happy note, scheduling a book for a blog tour gives me a certain date to aim for. Books I'm touring will get read by the time you set.

Contact me if you're interested.

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Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

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