Request A Review
After more than five years of being a reviewer, I have come to the place where I mostly review books for pleasure. This means, I prefer to pick books from my shelves, that friends recommended, or were received as gifts. However, I do make exceptions, and so feel free to contact me. Just keep the below guidelines in mind!
WHAT I REVIEW
Book review requests will be considered from authors, editors, and publishers. My preference is for realistic fiction. Beyond that, I look for books which:
- describe a different region or culture
- feature students with special needs
- target boys
- brings social awareness to issues such as animal rescue
Last, I welcome the opportunity to read a debut or young author who has been traditionally published.
WHAT I DON’T REVIEW
There are books I will not read. I do NOT accept requests for self-published books. There are plenty of other bloggers who review the latter, some of whom you might find at: Book Blogs.
While it is natural that young adult novels may contain mature content, I avoid books with:
- excessive profanity
- gratuitous violence
- explicit sex
- or an anti-religion message
Because the market is deluged with fantasy and science-fiction, I am also currently not reading these.
I will review a nonfiction book, but only if I have some knowledge of the topic. Anthologies of short stories are acceptable. Although I have reviewed collections of essays or poems, along with novels which less-traditional formats such as verse, these are usually by MY selection.
WHAT I OFFER
In my reviews, I include a short plot summary that is normally free of spoilers. I also discuss what I did and didn’t like. Based on my reaction to the book, I will recommend readers to either:
- Buy the book
- Borrow the book
- Leave the book on the shelf
To help with promotion of a book, I cross-post a copy of my review at Amazon, Facebook, Good Reads.
I am always happy to consider author interviews and guest blogs. With interviews, I prefer to use email. Should an author desire a telephone interview, I will need permission to record the call. In either format, the author should also understand that I will edit for clarity, may rearrange or drop questions, but otherwise will post the interview as it is received.
When I interview authors with multiple books, I might provide a round-up that includes several of their books. Giveaways have mixed reviews at my blog, so I only offer them if requested. Because WordPress strips some of the needed code, I do not to participate in blog hops.
WHAT I EXPECT OF YOU
In requesting a review, it is understood that you will provide a review copy in print form. I do NOT accept requests for e-books.
In addition, as I stated at the start, I have come to the place where I mostly review books for pleasure. While I will review any book I accept, I do NOT make guarantees about
- a date when I will review
- or the length of review I will offer
I also rarely participate in blog tours anymore, unless the organizer has already established a relationship with me.
HOW TO CONTACT ME
To contact me, email me at ahunter_nfATyahooDOTcom. In the subject, type Allison’s Book Bag or Book Review Request so that it is not filtered as spam.
I look forward to hearing from you!