book review policy
Update for 2017: I’ve been unable to complete any reviews for a few months now due to real life intervention in my plans. I can no longer promise 2-4 books a month for reviewing, but will still try to get through the books you send me, when I get a chance. Please note I will prioritize books with a minimum of reviews on Amazon.
In the spirit of giving as well as receiving, I want to help fellow self-publishers out with one of the hardest parts of a marketing plan, namely getting honest reviews. Starting February 2015 I will pick between two and four Indie (self-published) books a month to read and write a 150-250 word review for.
I will post my review in my blog here, as well as on amazon.com and two other sites of your choice (Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, etc.)
My preferred genres are Mystery/Thriller/Suspense and Science Fiction (but not really Fantasy/World Building). Associated sub-genres are fine, as are romantic or paranormal elements. No erotica please.
To get your book considered do the following:
- Sign up for my email newsletter. This is so you’ll be notified of my review choices for any particular month. Also, I ask that you consider my requests for reviews of my own books favorably — I have the same issues you do getting honest reviews.
- Send the following information to writercywyss -at- gmail.com:
- The title of your book.
- The genre of your book.
- A brief, three-paragraph summary of your book.
Each month I’ll randomly pick between two and four of the submissions to review. If you don’t get picked during a particular month, hang in there. The dice might be more friendly the next month!
Note that I’ll work on a five-star basis, as usual. Five stars means I loved it and highly recommend it, four stars means I liked it a lot but there may have been a reservation or two I had. For three stars or fewer, the culprit is usually in the mechanics (for example if the book has multiple typos, grammar errors, that type of thing). I’m not here to rip my fellow authors up, so if I will give your book three or fewer stars, I’ll contact the author directly and not post my reviews. All that means is that in its current form, I can’t publicly recommend the book.
Once I post your review please “like” it, especially on Amazon where you can click “yes” my review was helpful to you. This increases my status a little as a reviewer which also in turn increases your exposure.
Please note that due to the volume of requests I can guarantee neither a certain turnaround time nor a review. I’ll do my best to get to you in the order the random number generator takes me.
This is new for me and I’m sure it will take me a bit to work out all the bugs so bear with me please. Thanks!
Last updated: April 2015