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Friday, January 27, 2012

Review Policy

Yes, I'm finally doing one, after over 4.5 years of blogging. I never really needed one until recently because I didn't get many requests that needed to be denied. But the requests have gotten quadrupled in the past two months for some reason; I feel like I've had sort of a low-key blog for a long time (people may disagree, but that's how I see it). Anyway, let's get this show on the road:

What I Review: This is mainly a book blog for Young Adult titles, but I do occasionally review middle-grade and adult titles. I am open to pretty much any genre within the YA world. However, in the case of non-YA books, I will actively seek them out if I'm interested. I am only open to books being published by major publishers with smaller publishers being considered on a book-by-book basis. I do not accept any self-published work. Here's a list of other places that do accept small press and self-published books.

Who I Accept Requests From: I am open to receiving requests from publicists (either in-house or third party) and authors, preferably through my email (bookchicclub-at-gmail-dot-com) though I am fine with requests coming into my Facebook or Goodreads accounts. Please do not send a request to me through Twitter; I will ignore it.

Book Formats: I vastly prefer a physical copy of either an ARC or finished copy, but do read e-galleys that I've gotten through Netgalley or Simon and Schuster Galley Grab from time to time. PDFs/Word docs are fine as well.

How/When I Review: I generally review books in the month they are released, or anytime after. It is rare that I review a book way ahead of its release date. I also cannot read and review every book I receive, but precedence is given to books I personally request as well as any book I agreed to after reading a pitch. I try to make my reviews as professional as possible while still keeping my voice (which includes the occasional LOL and exclamation point). I do not do lengthy literary critiques. While my reviews are mainly on the positive side, that will not always be the case but I will be respectful in any negative review I post (or when dealing with aspects of the novel that I did not like). You can also check these posts (How I Write Reviews and Negative Reviews) if you want to read more about my review process.

Guest Blogs/Interviews: I am open to guest blogs if I have the space for it in my schedule; email me if you have a topic you'd like to write about. As for interviews, if I want to interview you, I will send you an email asking about it.

Disclosure: The vast majority of the books I read and review are provided by the publisher or, in rare instances, the author. I am an Amazon Associate, and include that in the link to buy the book. I do not accept/receive monetary compensation in exchange for my reviews.

You can read me more about me personally here, and also see a (somewhat) complete list of reviews here. If you don't want to go through my whole bio, here are two very important things you should know before sending a request my way: 1) My name is James (or Book Chic, but I am not Maggie- yes, this happened) and 2) I am a male blogger.

I will update this as needed so always be sure to check here before sending a request in case anything has changed. If there are any questions or clarification is needed, please leave a comment or email me.


  1. Thanks so much for linking to my list of Indie and Self Published reviewers!!!

    1. Thanks for putting together the list- it's a big help!

  2. Hey, BookChic! I've been lost on your site for almost a half hour, even though I have dinner to make. lol.

    I didn't see an e-mail, so I thought I'd tell you about a BB/giveaway I have going on for the release of my debut YA paranormal romance novel, The Stone Guardian, coming December 14th from Etopia Press.

    you can read more about the BB/giveaway here: http://theresamcclinton.com/book-blast-giveaway/ and if you decide you would like to participate, just add your name to the list, and when the dates creep up, participate. :)

    If you'd like to contact me, feel free to either e-mail me at theresa.mcclinton@hotmail.com or fill out the contact form on my website.

    Thanks so much for your time.