Author FAQs

Are you currently accepting review requests?

I am accepting requests on a VERY limited basis, mostly from authors or publishers I’ve worked with in the past, but you’re welcome to pitch your book and request a review if it meets the other guidelines.

Is my book a good fit for review on this blog?

At present I only review middle grade and young adult fiction and select nonfiction.

For fiction, I am especially interested in clean books, but that’s not a requirement. I’m also looking for books with diverse casts of characters.

I’m not the best fit for stories featuring graphic violence, especially sexual violence.

Contemporary and fantasy/light sci-fi are my favorites, but other genres are good, too– historical and mystery for instance. I like books that explore complex family relationships and mental health issues and also have a huge soft spot for re-imagined fairy tales.

See our mission statement for more information.

What format do you prefer for ARC or review copies?

I can work with most e-book formats, but prefer .MOBI. I will accept paperback/hard cover copies as well.

What happens if I don’t enjoy your book?

You worked and slaved over this story, and hopefully everyone who ever reads it falls as deeply in love with the characters and plot as you have. But, if the worst should come and the story doesn’t resonate with me, here’s what happens:

While it’s really important to me and to the integrity of The Story Sanctuary to be honest in my reviews, I’m not in the business of posting negative reviews. If I can’t find anything positive to say about the story or I’m having a really difficult time reading the entirety of the novel, I prefer to email the author and discuss some options. Perhaps instead of a review, I can host an author interview or other type of post.

I do not post DNF (did not finish) reviews for a book I’ve abandoned as I don’t believe they’re very helpful for potential readers.

When will your review get posted?

Your review will be posted within 90 days of my receiving your book (after I’ve accepted your review request). That said, I will do our best to accommodate authors looking to coordinate review posts with the release date of a novel, because we know how important that is. Some advice on this, though, is send your requests early! A lot of bloggers fill their calendars way in advance. Presently, I’m looking to fill post slots about two months from now.

Do you respond to all review requests?

Unfortunately not. Due to time constraints, I usually only respond to requests I’m interested in reviewing.

Do you post cover reveals and other promotional material?

Entirely at our discretion, and usually only for authors/publishers we’ve worked with in the past or are an established favorite.

Do you participate in blog tours?

Yes! Please ask me to participate in your blog tour. If you have interest in doing a guest post or author interview with me in addition to a review, please let me know that, too!

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