review policy

If you (or someone you know) is interested in having me review your book, please take a look at the requirements below.

Review Policy

Genres I review:

  • anything with a diverse element: main character(s) who are POC, LGBTQIA+, practicing diverse (non-Christian) religions, immigrants, disabled/neurodiverse, or struggling with mental health
  • YA contemporary
  • literary/contemporary fiction
  • science fiction or fantasy *if it has a really great premise*

I am not interested in romance/erotica, short story collections, poetry, or non-fiction (although I will make an exception for LGBTQ+ and/or mental health books).

As far as formatting, physical or e-book copies are fine (note: kindle files preferred). I am open to self-published or indie authors, but I reserve the right to decline if I’m not interested in the story.

If I accept a review copy of your book: I will do my best to read and review within 4-6 weeks max. The review will be posted here as well as on my social media accounts.

Please Note: If you send me a review copy but I can’t in good conscience give the book a positive review, I will email you, letting you know the reasons why.

As a writer, I understand that writing a book and self-publishing is incredibly hard work. I also know that indie/self-published books will take a greater hit from a negative review than one that’s published by the big 5 publishers. In that sense, I’d rather not review the book at all than harm an author’s sales.

my rating system

5 stars – This book has earned a place among my favorites. The writing wow’d me; the portrayal of diverse characters was amazing; I devoured the story in a matter of hours. I will re-read this at some point, as well as shove the book at everyone I know.

4 stars – This book was really good. I will still recommend it with relative ease. I may have taken issue with the quality/style of writing. This was outside my normal genre range, but still awesome.

3 stars – This book was decent. I probably wanted to like it more than I actually did. The writing wasn’t great, or the story wasn’t my style. OR it was very good, but something major threw me out of giving it more stars.

2 stars – This book was disappointing. Either the style of writing wasn’t great, the plot didn’t keep me interested, or this book had problematic content or representation of marginalized characters.

1 star – I didn’t like this book at all. The writing was probably awful, and it was most likely extremely problematic in representing marginalized characters.

how to contact me:

For review inquiries onlystorysalve@gmail.com. For all personal inquiries, please DM me on Twitter @storysalve.

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