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While trying to get my book reviewed, I noticed the dearth of reviewers willing to take self-published books. I can understand why. Many are scribblings of people who thought in the same ilk as ‘I can run, therefore I should be an Olympic runner,’ with no thought at how much time it actually requires to produce a sound piece of work. This being said, quite a bit of the work I’ve seen produced by publishing companies are about the same. For this reason, I feel self-published authors need someone on their side to review their works and, coming from programs for editing and reviewing, I’ve always loved seeing what un-vetted writers have.

What I review:

I accept only self published work! I will take anything–but–this does not guarantee a review. I will read middle grade, YA, and any genre, except fan fiction. However, please don’t give me rehashes of your favorite books, and, be forewarned, I don’t particularly enjoy heavy sci-fi books riddled with its own language and concepts (a few are okay, but if every other word is the name of some new alien race or dystopian job title, I will lose interest fast.) I take no money for my reviews and judge them purely on how well-written and enthralled I get. If I get too many I will have to read vise my submissions policy.

Thanks.

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Maybe just my inexperience, but couple of questions...

1. Where are you reviewing? Do you have a newsletter? A blog? Do you do reviews on Amazon? or do you send the text back to the author via email?

2. What do you require? Hardcopy? Mobi? Gift certificate?

3. Are you trying to do this from a business point of view? advertising based? Building up a readership for something else?

 

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Good questions!

if you visit my big at timlearn.wordpress.com, I answer those very questions. Otherwise here they are as cut and pasted from the website.

While trying to get my book reviewed, I noticed the dearth of reviewers willing to take self-published books. I can understand why. Many are scribblings of people who thought in the same ilk as ‘I can run, therefore I should be an Olympic runner,’ with no thought at how much time it actually requires to produce a sound piece of work. This being said, quite a bit of the work I’ve seen produced by publishing companies are about the same. For this reason, I feel self-published authors need someone on their side to review their works and, coming from programs for editing and reviewing, I’ve always loved seeing what un-vetted writers have.

What I review:

I accept only self published work! I will take anything–but–this does not guarantee a review. I will read middle grade, YA, and any genre, except fan fiction. However, please don’t give me rehashes of your favorite books, and, be forewarned, I don’t particularly enjoy heavy sci-fi books riddled with its own language and concepts (a few are okay, but if every other word is the name of some new alien race or dystopian job title, I will lose interest fast.) I take no money for my reviews and judge them purely on how well-written and enthralled I get.

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What to send:

Before I consider reading your book, please send an e-mail to start a rapport. Tell me a little bit about you and a link to your book (Amazon is preferred, but I’ll figure something else out if need be.) within a couple of days I will respond and can give you what I think on first glance and when I can fit you in…if at all. I primarily read through e-readers as I live and work in Korea, so to have me read your book you will need a mobi file available to send me.

Please send all inquiries to:

Keats0810 (at) hotmail (dot) com

What to expect:

I will read your book in a timely fashion. I hope to post about a review a week, though this doesn’t mean your review will take a week. After reading, I will send a message to you with what I see as your strengths and weaknesses, followed by the review. You can then decide to have me post it to Amazon and Goodreads, or not.
 

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Hi Keats0810-

Sounds like you'd make a really good beta reader for some lucky authors. 

You may want to have this post moved to the Writer's Cafe, where most of the writers hang out.  Book Bazaar is usually for book shoppers.
 
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