Our Policy is a lot longer than it used to be and now covers Self Published, Unsolicited Books, Reviewed Books (Their Life After Review) and eBooks - so please read on as this applies to ALL books.
review books of all fiction genres with a few exceptions and are happy
to receive requests from publishers or authors. With non fiction our
willingness to review is more limited but we get excited about
gardening, cookery, DIY, knitting , crafts and industrial heritage - but
contact us and we can always say no.
Before we agree
to take a book for review we will try to decide who will read it by
looking for everything we can find about it. We may say "No Thank You"
simply because of the genre but we have a TBR pile that currently stands
at about 150 books and may so "No" simply because we are overloaded.
book published by an established publisher took a lot of time in
editing and investment in producing and distributing by the publisher,
therefore it must have some qualities that the publisher felt was worth
the gamble, so if we decide to read it we will always give a
constructive review. "It's dire" is not a review and it fails to
recognise what the publisher saw. We may not like it and we will try to
say why. We may love it and will also say so.
"Self Published" books...
are a huge amount of self published books around and these tend to be,
although are not exclusively, ebooks. Self publication is relatively
inexpensive and most of us believe we can tell a brilliant story. We
can't all be right. The effect of this is that everyone is looking for
that one review that will get them recognised. I would stress that we
have read some very good books of this type but we have also started to
read some that will never be finished. Please don't be offended if we
say "No" - your book is special although we aren't in a position to help
you but good luck with your project. We MAY say "Yes". BUT... if we
agree to review it and then find we cannot give a constructive review we
will notify you that we can't review it and we will not be prepared to
discuss the 'why'.
If you would still like us to review a book then contact us through the contact link above.
books we receive are unsolicited and they prick our conscience. We try
to recycle everything, throw little away and generally avoid waste so
when a book comes through the door we like to do the decent thing and
review it - but there isn't always time. If we agree to a review then it
will get prioritised on the reading pile and rightly so; however, if
it's unsolicited then it is very possible it will not get a review. We
would much rather agree to reviews so that we can minimise waste and
reduce costs to the sender.
Reviewed books (Their Life After Review)...
books when reviewed are moved onto the creaking bookshelves - these
tend to be the best that suited us and the ones we want to read again
some time - TIME PERMITTING. But the shelves are finite and we have
limited space so the others are found new homes - but only after a few
months later than the publication date. New homes may be friends or
family or they may be Freecycle, school fairs, charity shops or Book
Crossing. Another home we have recently found for some of the books is
school reading support projects. If you have a problem with any of these
then please say so.
We are now
the owners of a kindle and are accepting a small number of eBooks - BUT
not PDFs. Please ensure you make it clear if you are offering a hard
copy or an ebook.