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A Novel Source: Review Policy


Review Policy

 updated 10/30/2011

I started this blog because I wanted to find other book-lovers who could possibly share my passion for all things books and walk with me down the road to opening my own bookstore.  I have been awed and humbled by those who read my blog and offer their friendship and support in the book blogging world.

I do not have many policies when it comes to reviewing ~ I have a few guidelines and information that might help you decide if A Novel Source is a good fit for your book.  With that said, I will read just about anything, but I do NOT like to give a book a bad review.  I will be honest and forthright in my review.  I am not the type of reader or blogger who likes to trash someone else's work.  I would much prefer to let you know I cannot finish the book or that I have deemed the book less than sufficient (grade of a 1 - 2) for my tastes.  I do realize book reviews are primarily subjective.  If you still want me to publish my review after notifying you of it being a bad review then I will, along with this caveat. 

Books & Format:

What I like ~ My favorite genres of books are as follows, in no particular order: 
Mysteries, Thriller/Suspense - but not horror, Literary Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Non-Fiction, Young-Adult and Children's Picture Books.

What I do not like ~ I'm not a big fan of science fiction or horror. I also do not read a lot of Romance nor Erotica. I've been out of the business field for awhile so I try not to read too many Business books or Self-Help.

How I like it ~ I will gladly accept the following types of books: Hardcover or Paperback is the preferred method; I am fortunate to have an iPad and can accept your book via my e-reader. I do not like to read books in PDF-format unless it's on my iPad so please do not email me your book unless specifically requested to do so.

My review ratings:

A ~ Amazing.
B ~ Beautiful
C ~ Caution
D ~ Damaged
F ~ Frankly My Dear, don't bother...
How do I review?
I am trying to come up with some semblance of a uniform review system.  I personally read every book I am sent to review.  If I cannot get through the first 100 or so pages, then I will let you know I will not be able to complete a review of your book.  I will be happy to ask one of my book blogger friends if they might be interested in reviewing your book if it just did not feel to be a good match for me.  

I will review every book I am sent if it is with the understanding it is for a review.  I do NOT review every book I read. I simply do not have time.  I do receive a good number of books to review from publishers and authors, but I still hang out in the bookstores and am known to spend way more than I should! I've read a quote somewhere about who needs food if we've got books ~ well, that's me!

When I do write the review, I will focus on setting, characters and plot as to how I break down the overall rating.  I like to give my summary along with some "fantabulous" quotes.  I think a few quotes can go a long way!

I would love to have you in my author spotlight by either having you on A Novel Source during a blog tour, doing a post-review interview (giving your book additional attention), or by having you be my "Guest Blogger" for the day!

I will post my review to Amazon, Goodreads or Library Thing unless it is otherwise requested.

My Stats:

In the interest of full disclosure I want you to know *my* qualifications and *my* blog stats.  I have been a voracious reader since I could walk.  I have worked as a professional in the non-profit field, as a grant writer & paralegal and finally as a bookseller.  

Here are this past month's stats ~

~Google Page Rank: 2
~About 75 - 100 visitors a day with 81% of visitors from North America
~Visitors: est 3525 unique per month

FTC Disclosure: 
I do not receive monetary compensation for my reviews.  
I do have a link where individuals may contribute to the operation expenses of my blog via PayPal.  Any and all compensation I receive will go back into keeping this blog in operation, ie - postage fees, giveaways, or attending book industry related meetings.

If you would like additional information about my blog please feel free to email me at
twitter: @anovelsource

If you would need additional contact information (ie - address or phone number) please send me an email and I will be happy to provide that to you.

Thank you again for taking the time to look over my blog.  I hope I've answered a few of your questions and I look forward to many future days book blogging!



Blogger Juju at Tales of said...

BTW, This looks awesome. I love how your voice shines through ;)

5/3/10, 10:11 AM  

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