3/5/19 — I’ve got to stop taking these for awhile — I failed to get to 2 books I promised to read in February and am afraid March is going the same — I need to play some serious catch-up before I can accept any more books. With one exception — if I’ve already read something by you (or someone you’ve represented/published), hit me up — you get moved to the beginning of the line, if I can make it work.
You’ve written a book? Congrats! You want me to read it? First — thanks, I’m flattered. Second, I’m probably game* — if there’s a date you want it done by? Well . . . we’ll see what we can work out. Otherwise, it’s FIFO. I prefer Kindle-friendly books (well, I prefer hardcopy, but I know that’s a lot to ask, so — Kindle-friendly), but can handle ePub. If you ask nicely, I might read a PDF (I don’t like the way they look on my e-Readers and have to spend time resizing every page so it doesn’t hurt my eyes — that’s time I’d rather spend reading). I’d very much appreciate it if you’d send a cover image with your book.
If you’re an agent, a publicist, a publisher and you want me to consider someone’s book — same rules.
I’ll read whatever as far as genre goes (you’ll have to sell me hard on a Zombie book, Romance or Self-Help): just make your pitch interesting; try not to let your form’s grammar/spelling make me question your writing ability (I don’t care how cool the book is, it won’t “peak” my interest — and yes, I’ve been told that multiple times); answer the questions I ask (“when” and “what” mean very different things); and come across like someone nice to work with. Also, once I say, “yes,” don’t hit me with a list of demands, you make me dislike myself for agreeing to read your book — resulting in a miserable experience for me (which makes it difficult for me to say nice things).
I do go out of my way to be fair and reasonable in what I say about a book — but I do give less than rave reviews frequently. I know many book bloggers won’t post negative — or even “meh” — reviews. I’m not one of them. There are two reasons for this: any review (I’m assured) on goodreads, amazon, or anywhere else helps your metrics no matter what it says; moreover, if I spend the time reading your book, I’m getting a post out of it. I do prefer to like things though, so you’re going to get a lot of slack from me.
Unless you specify otherwise, a few hours after posting here, I’ll cross-post to Amazon, Goodreads and BookLikes (and other place you might want me to).
* This is subject to change at a moment’s notice, if I can’t keep up or something.