Review Policy

Without books, this blog would not exist, so I spend a lot of time reading and reviewing. I am open to receiving ARCs or special copies of books to read in exchange for an honest review.

I cannot promise to agree to every review request but I will consider all queries and review copies sent my way.  If you would like to send me a request, you may email me at samkilfordblogATgmailDOTcom

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.

I'm generally open to reading books of all genres from horror to chick lit. Right now, I'm eager to put a spotlight on books by female authors and female-driven stories so please do get in touch if that sounds like you/your work and let me know if you'd like your novel to also be featured on my female literature centric blog Books By Females.

Please be aware that all reviews will reflect my honest opinion.

I am a college student and sometimes life gets in the way. If you want me to finish the book by a specific deadline then please state that in your e-mail and I'll see what I can to do. In the rare occasion that I have difficulty getting round to reading a book then I will not finish it. In this case, I reserve the right not to review the book as I cannot write an honest review on a book I haven't completely read.

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 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 by tearing apart books as you've asked me to review it for honest opinions and likely to publicise your book to potential readers.

What I don't like, someone else might, which is why I compose a concept draft of the review of a book with the low rating where I try to be nice in explaining why I didn't enjoy it and make a positive spin and highlight the things certain genre readers might enjoy about it and I'll send this draft to you before it goes online. If you're happy with me to run that draft on the blog, then I will. If not, then you have a chance to let me know and the draft'll be binned.

My reviews all follow the same basic structure; a summary of what it's about, who wrote it, links to buy it and add it on GoodReads, a couple paragraphs of my opinion and a rating out of five stars.

If you have a particular requirement for the way I set out the review please let me know and I will endeavour to fulfill it as best as I can.

NOTE TO AUTHORS:  Instead of reviewing a book, I now also offer advertisement and promotion. This can be done through a simple blog post featuring the book, contest, interviews, blog tours or guest posts. You can find out more about advertisement here.

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