Monday, February 1, 2010

Review Policy

February 2, 2010

Dear Authors/Publishers/Publicists:

I am happy to receive ARCs of books. As a middle school reading specialist, I am always on the lookout for YA books that will appeal to middle school readers, especially reluctant readers. I generally like urban fantasy, children's fiction (from picture books to YA), biography/memoir, sports fiction, sci fi/fantasy, manga, graphic novels, contemporary realism and multi-genre non-fiction.

I will give each ARC/book my full attention, and evaluate them as fairly as possible. Once a review is published, you have my permission to use anything I have said in promotional material, as long as quotes are attributed to me.

At this time, I am not accepting ebooks. I know this is the new trend, but I really don't have the time to read off of my computer as this is not my first or even second job, but an outlet for sharing. If you would like to send me a printed out pdf copy of your book, I will look at that instead.

Please email me at cathy.ikeda1@gmail.com and I will send you my address.

Review Time Frame

Because I accept books from many different authors, publishers and publicists, I've got A LOT of ARCs to go through. I will review all of them, but it may not be in a very timely manner. I consider book reviewing my hobby, not my job. My family's needs come first always. In short, I read as much as I can as fast as I can, but it may not be fast enough for you. If you'd like a book reviewed within a specific time frame, you can schedule a review with me for a particular day. I give priority to these books. Otherwise, I will get to them when I can.

My Rating System

I rate the books on a 5 point scale.

5 - this book is a must read, must buy book
4 - great book, comes highly recommended
3 - it's ok, maybe not up my alley, but pretty good
2 - save your money, check it out at the library
1 - meh
Please know the rating is a personal opinion. I try to be a fair critic and I will try to back up my reviews with valid reasoning. If you as the author or publisher have something to add or if you feel like I've missed the mark, I welcome your comments on this blog post.  I base my opinions on the value of the book for the clients I am reading for. I am constantly on the lookout for books for those students who either choose not to read anymore or who don't have the skills needed to read independently. Middle school tends to be the time when we lose readers, so this time is crucial for ensuring that we support and find great reading materials to create lifelong readers.

Interviews, Giveaways, Guest Posts


Because I love reading, I do my best to promote the authors whose books I am reading. To this end, I enjoy doing interviews, hosting giveaways and having authors guest post. However, if I feel that a particular student would benefit from your book, I will give them the book rather than offering it as a giveaway.   If you're interested in an interview, giveaway or guest post, just let me know.

Amazon, Goodreads

If you would like, I will gladly post my review on Amazon and Goodreads.

I think that covers everything. I will add more information as issues come up.

Thank you,

Cathy
http://mindingthemiddle.blogspot.com

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