Book Review Policy

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Welcome Authors!

Since the increase in Book Review Submissions, I’ve decided to update this page.

The PBS Blog has been listed on Reedsy’s Best Book Review Blogs of 2017. Additionally, my reviews are honest and thorough without giving away spoilers:

 

“It’s not just because she reviewed my novelette, All Good Stories, and gave it 5 stars, I’m writing about her because she gives great (and helpful) reviews. In a market, so full, it’s hard to choose what to read, isn’t it? We really need reviews these days that go beyond the minimalistic, “I liked it,” to know what we’re investing our money in. Because money doesn’t grow on trees. Neither do books anymore, for that matter.”

– Linda G. Hill, author, All Good Stories.

 


If you would like me to consider reviewing your book, please register your book through my Book Review Registry HERE. I do not accept unsolicited submissions. Failure to register will automatically disqualify you from consideration. You must register your book if you want me to consider reviewing it. 

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UPDATE: DUE THE HIGH VOLUME OF SUBMISSIONS, THE BOOK REVIEW REGISTRY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. BE SURE TO CHECK BACK TO SEE WHEN WE REOPEN.

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Registering your book does not guarantee a review. Registering your book helps to secure your place in line if I decide to read your book and trust me, you want a reserved spot! After registering you will get an email from me on whether or not I have decided to review your book. If I am interested, I will email you for the first chapter. I will then decide if I am even more interested and proceed to request a copy of the full manuscript.

Please do not email me your book link, cover, and description asking for a review. I will only re-route you to the form. Everyone who would like me to consider reviewing their books MUST register through the form. No exceptions.

Being approved for a book review does not guarantee you a five star review. I take the “honesty” part of the “HONEST review” seriously. If you’re looking for someone to sugar coat what they thought of your book, I am not the reviewer for you.

I rate on the scale of 3-5 only on this blog. Excellence is priority.

Ratings of 3-5 are also published on Amazon*, and Goodreads. I also tweet the review out.

*I do not give guaranteed glowing 5* reviews. My reviews reflect my honest view of the work. Five stars are thus given for work that genuinely reflect this rating.

If you are not familiar with the review rating system or if this is your first review from me, I rate on a scale of 1-5 using a basic Review Rating System. Only ratings of 3 -5 are published online UNLESS I have been given permission from the author directly that it’s OK to do so. Rating meanings vary between reviewers but here are mine. This is based on:

  • Plot Movement / Strength
  • Entertainment Factor
  • Characterization
  • Authenticity / Believable
  • Thought Provoking

Five Stars – Amazing, Outstanding:

This book was hard to put down and is highly recommended. It wasn’t preachy, included fully developed characters who were relatable and realistic, masterful use of language and an engaging plot.

Four Stars – Very Good:

This book is very enjoyable and well worth the read. Great story with only minor weaknesses that may include aspects plot/dialogue/character development.

Three Stars – OK:

This book was entertaining. The writing and story telling are sound but there are several aspects that could be improved. May have too many editing/typo errors, too much telling or I just couldn’t get into the story as much as I’d hoped.

Two Stars – Not Recommended:

This book did not fully capture the reader’s attention or interest. Admirable attempt but needs more attention to plot/dialogue/editing/formatting/character development.

One Star – Poor:

This book has major issues with text that outweigh any enjoyment by the reader. Poorly written, preachy, unprofessional editing/layout/printing; needs major revision to deserve the reader’s time.

I will pretty much read any genre but my favorites are Black History, Literary Fiction,  Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, General Fiction, Memoirs, Self-Help, Motivational / Inspirational, Poetry (I will now be accepting Poetry Books for Review)

I do not currently review the following genres. It is not intended to be discriminatory in any way. Thank you for understanding:

• LGBT Fiction / Literature
• Erotica (Romance is OK just not strict Erotica)

If I accept your book for a review you must also be willing to gift me a copy. I accept KINDLE / MOBI, EPUB and PDF files. I DO NOT accept Word Documents.

Summary

(1) Register your book on this form

(2) Await my email

(3) Send me your first chapter

(4) Gift me a copy of the entire book (**UPDATE**)

  • Gift me a copy of the book through Amazon or your platform of choice. This is the easiest most hassle free way to get the book to me. It will automatically download to my Kindle device once I’ve redeemed it.

 

  • Send your EPUB or MOBI to my Kindle email at yecheilyahysrayl@kindle.com 

 

  • PDF – If all else fails, you can also send me a PDF copy of the book via email. This is the only attachment I will accept at this time because I can download it to my PC and read it that way. I will no longer accept MOBI and EPUB attachments of books sent to my email. I am having trouble downloading them from my email through my Kindle. 

*You may also ship me a paperback / hard copy. Please let me know this in our email correspondence.

(5) Please be patient as I read the book. Constantly emailing me won’t make me read any faster.

(6) Reviews of 3-5 will be published on my blog, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Please Note: Agreement on my part to review a book does not imply blanket authorization to send me other books of yours (including books in a series.) Please register your books one book at a time (as I have to read them one at a time).

 

 

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