Author FAQs

Are you currently accepting review requests?

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

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

Kasey only reviews middle grade and young adult fiction and select nonfiction. Gabrielle only reviews young adult fiction.

For fiction, we are especially interested in clean books, but that’s not a requirement. We’re also looking for books with diverse casts of characters.

We’re not the best fit for stories featuring graphic violence, especially sexual violence.

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

For Gabrielle’s preferences, check her guidelines, here.

See our mission statement for more information.

What format do you prefer for ARC or review copies?

Gabrielle prefers the Kindle or .MOBI format for e-books. She’ll also accept hard cover or paperback copies.

Kasey can work with most e-book formats, but also prefers .MOBI. She will accept paperback/hard cover copies as well.

What happens if we 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 us, here’s what happens:

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

We do not post DNF (did not finish) reviews for a book we’ve abandoned as they aren’t 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 we’ve accepted your review request). That said, we 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, we’re looking to fill post slots about two months from now.

Do you respond to all review requests?

Unfortunately not. Due to time constraints, we usually only respond to requests we are 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 us to participate in your blog tour. If you have interest in doing a guest post or author interview with us in addition to a review, please let us know that, too!

Questions we didn’t answer?

Leave a comment below with any questions you still have about reviews.





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