If you’re a book blogger, reviewer, or bookstagrammer, first of all, you rock & I wish I could take photos even half as well as you. :D
I believe reviews are for readers, not authors!
On a practical level, by the time reviews are being left, it’s really too late to make changes and the author has moved on—sometimes by a matter of months or years.
On a creative level, one of the things new creators have to learn is that it’s very important not to let too many voices into your creative process and to understand the perspectives, qualifications, and purposes of those voices you do let in, which is why I work with experienced professionals and a few trusted first readers when it comes to shaping my stories.
If giving feedback at an earlier level of development is of interest to you, I do work with beta readers at the later stages of story development to help me widen my perspective and catch blind spots and plot holes.
Often aspiring authors and editors like to do a little beta reading because it’s a good way to learn to think strategically about stories, while other readers want a peek behind the scenes or simply to learn what happens next a little sooner. I provide beta drafts on novels (very rarely on short fiction) in .epub & .mobi formats and usually seek comments within 4-6 weeks.
You can apply to beta read here if that’s something you want to explore.
What to Expect
I generally make an effort to avoid reading reviews entirely (occasionally I stumble across them by accident or sift through looking for great blurbs/ad-copy) because it’s very important to me that you feel comfortable leaving an honest, unbiased review.
I never follow-up on store (or Goodreads) reviews in any way.
Social (Instagram, mostly) and blog posts will probably get a like/repost/boost/comment if I’m tagged, but I will never follow up on a negative review in any way.
(I mean, I hope you all love my stories, but even if that’s not the case, you never need to be scared of being honest!)
How to Request an ARC
The best time to request a review copy (/ARC) is up to two months before an upcoming new release, but I will consider all review copy requests and can add you to a list of interested reviewers at any time. A larger number of ebook review copies will be available compared to paperback, given cost, time, and technical constraints, but paperback ARCs are occasionally available.
If you would like to review one of my books, please email the details of your blog or other online presence and the book and format you are requesting.
Unfortunately, I do have limits on my marketing budget and I also have to screen for book pirates, but do feel free to get in touch even if you’re a smaller/newbie/international reviewer—I want to support those starting out, too!
I use BookSprout to coordinate pre-release ARCs, and you can also just follow me there to get an automatic notification whenever a new review edition is available.
I welcome bloggers and reviewers from all countries; however, the ability to read and communicate in written English is a necessary requirement. (Reviewers interested in my translated works should contact the publisher directly to enquire about a review copy.)