Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Book Review Policy

UPDATE (4-2-14): With the addition of a new contributor to Mindful Musings (Amber), we have reopened review requests. 

Review requests should be sent via e-mail to mindfulmusings(at)live(dot)com. Following the guidelines below will make the review request process easier on everyone, so please read them before e-mailing us! 

What We Review

Categories: Young Adult, Adult, and a limited amount of Middle Grade. 

Genres: All genres in Young Adult and Middle Grade; Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance (depending on the level of romance), Science Fiction, Dystopian, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, and some Christian in Adult

What I Won't Accept Review Requests For: Erotica, Westerns, Self-Help, or Non-Fiction books.

Format: We accept both e-book and hard copies for review. However, priority is given to hard copies. As of 3-19-12, We are now also accepting audiobooks for review.

Things You Should Know Before Requesting a Review

-We usually have a rather large review pile. It might take up to 2-3 months for a review to be posted, depending on how backed up we are. If you have a specific date that you would like the review to be posted by, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

-We're honest reviewers. Our readers trust that we will give them a candid opinion of the book, and we will not give a book a glowing recommendation just because we received it for free.

-We will contact you via e-mail once the review has been posted on the blog. The review will also be posted on Goodreads. We're also willing to post the review on other sites if you'd like, just let us know which ones

-We use the 100 pages rule. Some bloggers do 25, some do 50, but We feel like 100 pages is definitely fair. If we get through the first 100 pages and aren't seeing anything we like, we reserve the right to put the book down, and write the review from there, noting in the review that we did not finish the book.

-There are two contributors to Mindful Musings: Natalie and Amber. By sending us a review request, you are agreeing to have the book reviewed by one or both of us.

What to Include in Your Review Request

Following these guidelines will allow us to more quickly process and respond to your request. They're not mandatory, but they tend to save us some time.

-Title of the book
-Author of the book
-Book's release date
-Brief description of the book (synopsis will work)
-Any website that is associated with the book
-Your contact name
-Date you would like a review to be posted by (optional)

How We Decide What to Review

We do not accept every review request that we receive. We choose which books to review based on the time we have, our personal interest in the subject, and what we expect our readers' interests to be. We check e-mails pretty regularly, so if we accept your request, you should hear from one of us within a week at the most. Because of time constraints and the number of requests we receive, we no longer send responses to those whose requests we do not accept. We apologize in advance for any inconveniences this may cause.

Author Interviews, Guest Posts, and Giveaways

We're happy to participate in author interviews, guest posts, and/or giveaways for books that fall within the categories of "What We Review" above. For more information on this topic, please contact us at the e-mail address provided below. 

If you have further questions, feel free to contact us at mindfulmusings(at)live(dot)com. We look forward to working with you!

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