Book reviews. People ask me about them all the time. And I write a fair amount of them. And I’m endeavoring to schedule more time to read, and write, and relax, and work on finding that clone army I so desperately need. But, yes, on a serious note, I thought it was time that I address my thought process and rules behind book reviews, so that authors know a little bit more about me and how I work.
First and foremost, you should know, I do not write reviews for every single book I read. I’m sorry. I don’t. And just because I do review a book on Amazon and the like, doesn’t automatically mean I’m going to post it on my blog. I don’t generally post reviews for books that I feel are not, at the very least, worthy, in my insignificant opinion, of three stars or more. There are several reasons for this:
- Genre: It may be a genre that I generally don’t really care for, but, for whatever reason, I decided to give it a go, and, well, discovered my tastes had, indeed, not changed. In this instance I don’t want to leave a bad review, because it has nothing to do with anything the writer did. It is, just my opinion on the genre and would serve of no benefit to readers. So what don’t I read? For the most part, Fantasy and Sci-Fi are not my cup of tea. But if you do a good job selling your story to me, I might just give it a try
- Unable to Finish: If I am unable to finish the book (yes, sadly this has happened). I also will not write a review because I don’t think it’s fair to the author for me to base my opinions on a story I did not read in its entirety. However, I will contact the author in a more private setting to let them know.
- 3 Stars or Less: If I complete a book and feel, for whatever reason, the book is not worthy of at least a 3 star review, I will not post a review. I will, also, however, contact the author to let them know. I know authors appreciate feedback and some feedback, in my opinion, doesn’t need to be blasted all over the interwebs.
And don’t be upset if you tell me about your book and I tell you I’m going to read it and, boom, three months goes by and nothing. I assure you, I haven’t forgotten about you. You see, I’m not just a reviewer or a writer. I’m also a full-time legal secretary, student, runner, and baked goods eater (this takes up more time than one would think). So my free time is often limited. With this said, I will, for those writers whom I have a particularly close relationship with, and who have a big promo or release coming up, will do whatever I can to push them up the pile and get a review out when or as near as possible to their event. Otherwise, just be patient with me, I’m getting to it (I promise!).
And, lastly, please don’t just spam me with links to you book. Engage me in some conversation. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your writing.
So those are my rules. You don’t have to like them or agree with them, you just need to be aware of them.
Questions? Got a book you want me to review? Want to be featured on my site? Easy – shoot me an email at lisa AT lmstull DOT com and we’ll talk.
Until next time, Happy Reading!