Book Review Policy

Book Review Policy | Book Reviews | RachelPoli.com

I am currently CLOSED to book review pitches until January 2020.

The Basics

  • Book reviews are posted every Saturday. During July and August, book reviews are posted on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
  • The books I read are given to me as gifts, I buy myself, or are borrowed from my local library or friend. I accept review copies from authors, publishers, and publicists. I state how I receive each book in its respective review.
  • All opinions and thoughts are my own no matter how I received a copy of the book. I review all the books I read. All reviews will be honest but fair.
  • I have the right to decline review offers but I do my best to respond to every request I receive. If you do not hear back from me within two (2) weeks, feel free to email me again. I get a lot of emails and some of them get lost in the crowd.
  • I suggest looking at my Goodreads page or Reading List to see what kinds of books interest me. To get a feel for how I write reviews, check out some book reviews I’ve already done.
  • In addition to my blog, I will post reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. Reviews from my blog will also be posted to my Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
  • Reviews may take up to a couple of months to be posted depending on how many books I have in my queue. I review books first come first serve and will try to give a tentative timeframe if I can. With that said, if the book is an ARC or part of a blog tour, please let me know right away and I’ll do my best to work something out.
  • If requesting a review from me, all I ask is for a free review copy of the manuscript. I do not sell, loan, or give away any review copies I receive, nor do I accept payment for review copies. However, buy links to the books are affiliate links. If you’d like more information on that, you can read my Privacy Policy.

Genres I’m Most Interested In

  • Young adult fiction
  • Middle-grade fiction
  • Children’s
  • Mystery
  • Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Short story/flash fiction anthologies
  • Please note: I will not accept any erotica or explicit genres. I will also not read anything with a lot of violence or horror. I have an anxiety disorder and am bothered by a lot of violence, torture, gore, or anything along those lines. Please keep this in mind when requesting a review from me.

If you’re unsure of a genre, you can look at book reviews I’ve already done to check if your genre is listed. Don’t hesitate to reach out and simply ask.

If You’re An Author, Publisher, Or Publicist

  • I accept and prefer .MOBI files. However, I will accept PDF files and paperback copies as well.
  • I accept self-published books, indie books, and books from small and large publishing companies.
  • At the end of each review, I’ll add a quick blurb about the author. (Please Note: I will only do this if social media links and a brief bio are given to me.)
  • In each review, I will discuss the cover design, my first thoughts before reading, the plot, characters, and writing style. I’ll also add a rating as well as my favorite quote from the book. Please take a look at previous book reviews I’ve done to get a feel for how I do things.

If Accepted For Review

If I accept your book for review, I will respond by asking for a few things.

  • An image of the book cover in an attached .JPEG file
  • A free .MOBI (preferred) or PDF file of the manuscript (physical copies are also accepted)
  • All buy links for the book, including Goodreads
  • Optional: Links to the author’s website/social media. Please include no more than five (5) links. (If you send more than five then I will only include the first five links listed.)
  • Optional: A brief bio of the author that’s no more than 200 words and an attached .JPEG image of the author. (If the bio is more than 200 words, I will send it back to you to shorten.)
  • Please note if I do not receive the optional author bio and links, there will be no “About the Author” at the end of the review. However, if you only want the bio and no image or image with links or other combinations of the About The Author section, that’s fine too.

After The Review Goes Live

What I’ll Do

  • All reviews go live at midnight EST on Saturdays (or Tuesdays if being posted in July or August). When the post is scheduled, I’ll send you an email with the date as well as a permalink. After the post goes live at midnight, I’ll send you another email with the link the morning of the post going live.
  • In addition to my blog, the reviews will be cross-posted on Goodreads and Amazon as well as shared on my TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

What You’ll Do

  • Share the book review around your social media accounts as well as your website and/or blog.
  • Check back periodically on my blog and answer any comments the review may get.

Rating System

I absolutely loved it. I couldn’t put it down. I would recommend to a friend.
I liked it. I would recommend to a friend.
It was okay. I may recommend to a friend.
I didn’t like it, but I could tolerate it. I would not recommend to a friend.
I didn’t like it at all. I would not recommend to a friend.

When Contacting Me

When contacting me, please include the following so I know you have read these guidelines and also so I can get a good idea of what your book is like.

  • Full names of title and author
  • Genre
  • Publication Date
  • Word count
  • Blurb/summary
  • Why you chose me to read and review your work
  • A Goodreads and Amazon link to your book

Did you read this post thoroughly? If so and you think I’d be a good fit to read and review your book, please click the button below to get in touch.

Thank you for reading through these guidelines and thinking of me to read and review your work. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.

Last Updated:
October 28, 2019

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