This isn't a book review site, but I do occasionally review books I like. I promise to always let you know how I received the book I'm reviewing.
Below are my personal guidelines for receiving and reviewing books.
I'm approached occasionally by writers, publicists and publishers asking if I'd like a free review copy or ARC of a book. If I accept the ARC/free copy I will only do so with the understanding that my acceptance in no way obligates me to review the book - and I am certainly not obligated to give it a positive review.
I also post reviews of books I purchased myself, or that I won from a contest.
Since I'm not in the business of trashing other writers, in nearly every case I'll only post a review on this blog if I genuinely enjoyed the book. Which means my book reviews will be positive. If I didn't enjoy the book, I won't review it. It doesn't mean the book was poorly written; all it means is the book wasn't for me and I'd rather not draw negative attention to an author or book. Besides, if the book is that bad, I firmly believe the worst kind of publicity is none at all.
If I do review the book, I will clearly state how I obtained the book. For example:
I loved Sheep From the 5th Dimension by Bruce Woolen -I will post a disclosure on every single review I write, clearly citing how I obtained the book: whether it's a free ARC, won through a contest, purchased myself, or any other way.
it was a fantastic read! (Full disclosure: I recieved a free copy of
this book from the author with no obligation to review it.) As the book opens, Farmer Fred is working in his field...
For authors and publishing people
I love supporting great authors because 1) I love reading and 2) I hope one day kind bloggers will be willing to review the books I write.
If you would like to contact me about sending a review copy (and you are OK with the above guidelines) please send an e-mail to acvollers (at) gmail (dot) com.
If you are interested in asking me to review a book (thank you!), you should know the following:
Genres I favor, in no particular order: Historical fiction, literary fiction, Southern lit, mysteries, thrillers, suspense, women's fiction, anything about or involving the British, true crime nonfiction.
Genres I don't usually like and you wouldn't want me reviewing anyway because I don't read them: sci-fi, high fantasy (dragons and quests etc), horror, memoirs, poetry, nonfiction (unless it's true crime), paranormal YA.
Extras & Giveaways
I like posting Q&As and/or guest blogs with authors or publishing professionals and literary agents. I don't necessarily have to review an author's book to do a Q&A, but of course a good Q&A is much harder if I haven't read the book in question. Also, I won't give an opinion on any book I haven't read.
If we do a Q&A or guest post, I'd love to be able to hold a giveaway contest for a free (and signed, if possible) copy of the book. I believe it drums up extra interest - and blog visits - for the book. I'm willing to communicate with the author/professional to iron out contest specifics or to explain how I've run contests in the past.
Whether you're a blog reader, author or publishing professional, I appreciate your interest and your visit to my blog. Please don't hesitate to e-mail me with your questions.
acvollers (at) gmail (dot) com.