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Review Policy

Thank you for your interest in having me do a review. The following should help determine if your title is right for this site but they are not hard-and-fast rules. Any questions, please e-mail me (Elyse) via the contact form. E-mails that don’t contain my name in the greeting will be deleted without being read.

Pitches: I love hearing from you but regrettably can’t respond to all pitches because of the volume I get. I usually reply within two business days if I’m interested. If we’ve worked together for a while and you know my taste, feel free to add me to your mailing list. If you don’t hear back regarding one title, please don’t hesitate to pitch me others in the future.

What I cover:

  • Mysteries/thrillers
  • General fiction
  • The occasional funny memoir by someone like Tina Fey, David Sedaris, or Jenny Lawson

What I don’t cover:

  • Self-help
  • Self-published
  • Cozies
  • Sad memoirs/biographies
  • Short story collections
  • Historical fiction
  • Horror
  • Religious or New Age books
  • Romance
  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Anything with vampires or zombies
  • Compilation books with titles like Funniest Drunk Texts Ever or Useless Information to Make You Interesting at Parties

Lead time and when/where I post reviews: I’d like to be contacted at least a month before a book’s release and will run a review as close to pub date as possible, if I do it at all. I won’t post one if I can’t finish the book or if my review is overwhelmingly negative, unless it’s a high-profile title my readers are interested in. I’ll send you links to my reviews and also post them on Twitter and Facebook.

Giveaways: I occasionally host giveaways, but ask that you send me a copy of the book first. I like to vet what I’m giving away so my readers don’t receive something I wouldn’t recommend or want to be associated with.

Book tours: I don’t do them at this time.

Compensation: I receive free ARCs but no money for what I write here, and never do sponsored posts. My love for pop culture fuels this site. I wish it didn’t need to be said that my opinion is absolutely not affected by my receiving free books and screeners. It’d take a LOT more than that to buy my opinion—maybe $10 million. I do belong to affiliate programs listed on my sidebar and sometimes at the bottom of book reviews. If readers click on those links, I get a tiny commission (more cents than dollars) that goes toward this site’s hosting fees and other maintenance costs.