Frequently Asked Questions

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Will you review my book?/Where can I send an ARC?

Firstly, please have a read of my review policy.  Once you've done that, you can send me an e-mail over at samkilfordblogATgmailDOTcom and include the subject 'Review Request'.

While I do prefer to have physical copies of the novel, usually because I like to take pictures of the book for my review, I often do accept virtual copies. Please note that if you plan to send me an ARC or copy of a novel via e-mail, I am only able to accept it in epub or pdf format.

***Right now, I'm looking to feature books penned by female authors as well as works with either female-driven plots or diverse storylines/characters so please do get in touch with me if that sounds like you/your book!***

Have you read [BOOK NAME] by [AUTHOR]? Can you review it?

You can check what I have/haven't read by using the search tool under my featured post.

If there's a certain book that I haven't read and you'd really like me to review then you can get in contact with me either by leaving a comment on a post or recommending me it through GoodReads and I'll consider it.

Are you open to do blog tours/giveaways/etc?

Yes! Feel free to contact me via e-mail in order to arrange anything.

Would you be interested in sponsorship/advertising my product/business? 

Please contact me via samkilfordblogATgmailDOTcom to with as much detail you can about your shop/business/product and we can discuss the type of promotion you'd like and the cost.

Can you write a think piece/guest post for my blog?

For writing queries, please feel free to get in touch me via e-mail with a link to your website so we can discuss further.
    I sent you this to review awhile ago and the review is still not up?

    Here's where I have to tell you that it's not you, it's definitely me.

    I go through really bad reading slumps. I don't know really know how to explain it. Sometimes I just really can't get in the mood reading and it's frustrating for me too. By all means if you feel like it's been months then please follow up with me. Chances are that me and books have fallen out of love for a bit, but it could be that I'm focusing on other writing/career ventures too and haven't got round to it yet. Right now, I'm knuckling down for exam season while focusing on professional adventures outside of studies so it may take me a while to get round to reading your book and I tend to prioritise physical copies of novels sent to me via post. So, if you do have a set time frame you'd like the review to be completed by then please let me know beforehand in the e-mail request.

    In addition to this, if I had a very negative opinion of your book and it's going to a get review rating of less than two stars, then I probably won't review it after I'm done. I have published one star reviews for sent books in the past and felt very awful about it so made it a new policy of mine not to do it unless I get the go-ahead.

    I appreciate every author that contacts me asking for a review and I don't want to insult anyone. I'm happy to post negative reviews for my own purchases and reading choices, but I don't like posting overwhelmingly negative reviews for any ARC copies or books sent to me. So, if I didn't enjoy your book then I won't post about it. I try to contact authors first and let them see a draft concept that I did for a review. I do try my utmost to be nice in explaining why I didn't enjoy it and make a positive spin by highlighting points why someone else might enjoy it. If you're happy with me to run that draft on the blog, then I will.

    If you're still waiting on a review, don't hesitate to follow up with me!

    Can I use some of the images in your posts elsewhere?

    Unless it's blatantly a png of a book cover or a promotional movie poster, then most of the photos I use in my posts are taken by me. For example, the pictures of physical book copies in my reviews and the photos included in my personal or travel posts are all taken by me or immediate family members unless stated otherwise. One of the reasons I love physical copies as opposed to e-books is getting to take rather aesthetically pleasing pictures with them - normally featuring a nice bunch of flowers!

    If you'd like to use one of the images used in any post about books/travel/etc, then please drop me an e-mail. Don't repost them without asking!

    If I use an image from elsewhere, I do try and give credit where possible. If you see your image being used here without the correct credentials, then please contact me to resolve it and I will either take it down or add the source.

    Can you recommend me some books?

    I'd love to! Let me know which books you've previously read that you love and what kinds of genres you like and then tweet me @samanthakilford or reach out to me with a message on GoodReads.

    Where do you get your books? 

    Mainly online because it can be cheaper than going into a bookstore and there's the bonus of purchasing in your pyjamas. Amazon is great for buying books in bulk, but if I'm fussy and would like a particular cover (for the aesthetic - which is what I believe the kids say) then Book Depository is where I go!

    More about Book Depository...

    I'm a part of Book Depository's affiliate scheme.

    Basically, any time you click on one of those ads dotted around the blog and purchase a book, or if you buy a book following one of the 'Buy Book' links in my posts, then I get a very small commission from the sale. So, if you're about to go on your next book haul and would like to feed your friendly blogger over here then please follow this link on your next purchase!

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