What I do/don't accept:
- I focus mainly on independent/small press and self published literary fiction.
- My preferred format is printed/bound books, though I have reluctantly moved into the digital age and accept ebooks for review (PDF and .mobi).
- I also accept audiobooks - most especially for books published by the Big 5 (I save all my reading attention for the small press, but I'm happy to lend my ears to the big guys).
- I prefer Literary Fiction and Bizarro, and I occasionally find some genre literature intriguing (for the love of all things literary, please... NO PITCHES for non-fiction; YA; historical fiction; thrillers of any kind - especially crime, war, or legal; cozy mysteries; romance; or any combination thereof).
How I review, when I review:
I write honest reviews that are given a star-scale rating. I try to keep the audience in mind when rating a novel, so even though the book may not be best for a reader who is unfamiliar with that particular genre, I may still recommend it to readers who enjoy its specific subject matter.
The ratings are as follows:
1 Star - Would not Recommend
2 Stars - Recommended Lightly / Not suitable for...
3 Stars - Recommended to readers familiar with author and genre
4 Stars - Strongly recommended
5 Stars - Highly recommended / The Next Best Book
I do not require my review contributors to use this rating system.
Due to the overwhelming amount of review copies that I have, I am turning away most pitches at this time. Those that I do accept are still not guaranteed reviews.
Because of the sheer number of pitches I receive, I make no promises to respond to all of them. If I am interested in discussing your novel further, rest assured, I'll be in touch. There is no need to send follow up emails.
How you'll know I've reviewed, when I review:
I confirm receipt of all books via email/twitter. When I do review, I post them on goodreads, and possibly within The Next Best Book Club (TNBBC) group page, & Twitter.
Labor of Love, baby...
I do not receive any compensation for my reviews, and the reviews I write reflect my own personal experience with and opinions of those books. Same goes for our review contributors.
In Lieu of a review, at my discretion:
I may offer to invite the author or publishing company to participate in one of the blogs features or series upon/in place of reading the novel, and will post links to the feature or series on the above-mentioned web pages. I have also hosted Author/Reader Discussions and giveaways but have put that series on hiatus.
I look forward to working with you, and becoming a part of the book promotional process!
To contact me please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org