Review Submission Guidelines

I’ve been receiving a lot of correspondence recently regarding review requests so I thought it best to clarify a few things to save everybody time and effort when considering submitting them.

A few points about the blog:

  • I don’t consider myself a critic. I read books that interest me and if I like them I share my thoughts on here. If you disagree with what I have to say about them ¬†that’s fine, it’s just my humble and honest opinion. If you want to discuss anything I review that’s also fine, I’m happy to do so. I tend to only write about the books I’ve liked, there’s enough negativity going around.
  • I don’t make any money from this blog. I don’t do paid reviews here and I never will. Ebooks are my preferred method of reading but if any writer or ¬†publisher wants to send me a print copy of their book afterwards or any promotional items. I’ll happily accept it as I do love to collect books.
  • I have no problem with self-published works, in fact I encourage them. All I ask is that they are well-prepared and if an ebook, are in a format I can read. I currently use a Kobo so epub format is best but I can also accept Kindle compatible mobi files. I’m not a big fan of receiving titles through Netgalley as it’s really awkward to download books from. Cloud storage links like Dropbox are fine also.
  • The main genre I review is science fiction/horror/fantasy/spec fiction. There’s no point in sending me crime thrillers or romance novels. Also if you have a long series of books there’s not much point sending me the 15th instalment if I haven’t read the other 14.
  • If you want to follow me on twitter my handle is @eamonambrose. Please don’t follow me just for the sake of it in the hope that I’ll read your book. If I follow you back and your Twitter feed is a constant bombardment of self-promotion you’ll get unfollowed pretty quickly and the likelihood of me reading your work is pretty slim. Auto DM’s will also get a rapid unfollow. Say hi! Talk! Engage! That’s how you get readers and followers no matter what the social media gurus tell you.
  • Email is my preferred method for review requests. My email address is eamonambrose@yahoo.ie I don’t need much info just a brief synopsis and author bio. I try to answer any requests as quickly as possible but sometimes the odd email may slip through the net so feel free to contact me again after 7 days if you haven’t heard back. Personal emails are better, automated mailshots tend to get binned unless I’ve subscribed to your newsletter.
  • I’m really busy. I have a day job and a family so my time for reading is very limited, but I do as much as I can. If I do accept your book for review it may take a few weeks before I get back to you, so please be patient. If you have an important event like a launch or promotion coming up and would like the book reviewed by a certain date let me know and I’ll do my best to help.
  • This is a two-way relationship. I’m helping to promote your book so I’d appreciate if you’d help promote my blog. I don’t think it’s too much to ask. Please repost the blog review on whatever social media outlets you use and let people know about the blog. The more readers I have, the more readers you have!
  • Keep in touch! I’ve developed some great relationships with authors since I’ve started the blog and I love to hear what’s going on.
  • Publishers: I live in Ireland so if you’re in the US or Canada getting a print book to me will be pretty expensive. I’ve had a lot of review requests where the book has never arrived once the sender realises the postage cost! Again, ebook is fine. I have no issue with signing NDA’s or any other agreements to protect the integrity of your author’s work and any files I receive will not be shared under any circumstances.

Hopefully this answers any questions you may have.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Eamon.

Blog Awards Ireland 2014 Nominations – Thank You!

blog_buttons_NOMINATEDDelighted and humbled to announce that I’ve been nominated for not one but two awards for Best Arts & Culture and Best Newcomer in Blog Awards Ireland 2014! While my poor ol’ blog probably isn’t popular enough in Ireland (most of my readers are in the US) it’s nice to be included anyway. I’d just like to thank anyone who nominated and also all the authors and publishers who keep supplying me with so many awesome books, your support means a lot to me. I’ve made a lot of wonderful new friends over the past few months and it’s been brilliant. Thank you all!

Eamon