Policy

I SUPPORT INDIE AUTHORS!Book Review Requests are semi-closed.

I will accept review requests for short stories/novellas from indie authors (100 pages or less).  Reviews will be posted within a few weeks.

Unless I have worked with you previously, I will likely not accept requests to review full-length novels.  I am swamped with books to read until the end of the year.

What to include in the request:

Requests can be emailed to lizzylessard(at)gmail.com.  

These are guidelines.  I’m not going to auto-decline you for not following the guidelines.  Only authors that get auto-declined are those with books in genres I’m clearly not interested in.

1.  Your name

2.  Book title

3.  Genre

3.  Brief description and/or blurb

4. Release date

5. Purchase links

6. What formats are available for the review copy (mobi/paperback)

7. If you’re interested in a guest post/interview.

8.  Promotional information, such as author pic and previously released books.

9.  If you’d like my review to coincide with a particular date/tour, then let me know. 

Genres:

I prefer dark fiction, fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, or horror novels.  MG, YA or Adult is acceptable.  Generally speaking, the book either has to have dead people or magic for me to read it.  I prefer novels with no guaranteed happy endings and many of my favorites are bittersweet or downright depressing.  So, no…I won’t read the typical girl meets boy.  Unless this girl likes to eat human brains and the boy is armed with a shotgun.  That, I’ll read.

I do not normally read contemporary, mystery, crime/suspense, erotica (dark or fantasy erotica I will accept), non-fiction, or romance novels.  Please don’t ask me to review these genres.  Your request will be denied.

Book Tours:

I participate in book blog tours as long as the book is in a genre I review.  I do promos, guest posts, excerpts, and reviews.  If I don’t like a book I offered to review, expect an email from me requesting to switch to a promo only stop on the blog tour.  Out of respect for the author, I won’t publish one or two star reviews on a blog tour.  Out of respect for my readers, I won’t sugarcoat reviews to please people.

Other information:

Aside from posting my review on my site, I will also post on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads.  Other sites can also be included at your request.  For indie authors, I am willing to re-review a novel if corrections are made.  All you need to do is email me with an updated copy of your book.  If the difference is substantial, I will then write a second review and replace my first one.
  1. ARCs – My goal is to provide reviews on or within a week of release date.

  2. I accept both paperbacks and Kindle ebooks, but I give priority to paperbacks.  I do not like reading books in .epub or .pdf formats, because I’m forced to read from my computer and mobility is important when I have to chase my two-year-old around the house.

  3. do NOT review unpublished work – ARCs must have a release date.

  4. do review short stories and novellas.

  5. If you do not want a one or two stars review for your book, tell me before reading.  I will refrain from writing a review for you book then if I don’t like it.

  6. I reserve the right to cancel reviewing your book at any time.  I do not review on a first come basis.  I review books based on current mood (what genre I’m interested in) and whether or not I have agreed to a deadline (ex: book tour).  I also read several books at once, so its possible your book will be stuck at 25% for a week or more while I finish something else.  This doesn’t necessarily reflect whether or not I like your book.

  7. You can check my request queue to get an approximate date on your book review.  If your  book is not on this list within two weeks of accepting your request, please send me a reminder email.  I don’t mind.  I do not want your request to get lost and forgotten in my gmail.  Feel free to send me a reminder email if it’s been over 6 months.  I will bump your book back to the top of my reading list.

Disclaimer:

I do not accept money in exchange for reviews.

Some of the books reviewed were provided by authors/publishers and some I purchased on my own.  Although authors/publishers may pay for a book tour, I neither receive money to be a part of the tour nor in exchange for reviewing books on tour.  I also do not guarantee or promise positive reviews ever.  I do give one and two star reviews.  You can check out the rating of all my reviews HERE, as well as the percentage of each star/grade.

I do receive a small amount of money from Amazon when you purchase something after clicking a link to Amazon from Lizzy’s Dark Fiction.  All money gained from these purchases goes directly towards giveaways and hosting costs.  In no way does this influence my reviews.

No ARCs I receive will be resold.  Paperbacks will either stay on my bookshelf or donated to my local library.  ARC ebooks will be deleted after reviewed.

This page was last updated 8/12/13.  This page is in the process of being redone.