Publishers, Publicists, and Authors
Please take the time to read the following information to prevent any misunderstandings or misconceptions. My email address is Izzy [at] IzzyReads [dot] com.
Pitches: I’m based in Ireland and I am open to receiving pitches from publishers, publicists, and authors in Ireland, the United Kingdom and elsewhere however my time is limited and I cannot guarantee to cover your book. A good way to get a book featured on my blog is to send me a catalogue and let me select the books I know I want to read.
Unsolicited books: I am open to unsolicited author review copies, early finished copies, and backlist books in my mailbox. There is no guarantee that these will be reviewed, but if they catch my interest, I will read and review them. If they do not interest me, I will try to pass them on to someone who will read them.
Review copies/Galleys: Where I have received a free copy of a book for review from an author or publisher, that information is disclosed in the review.
Genres: I don’t read and review everything. In particular:
- I rarely review self-published books;
- I do not review religions books, erotica, horror, trade, science fiction, chick-lit, children’s books, self-help books; and anything with a number in the title like Five ways to …, Seven Deadly …
- I do not review audio books;
- I usually accept literary fiction, contemporary fiction and books by Irish authors;
- I will definitely consider political memoirs, literary memoirs, biography and some history.
- I will definitely consider poetry.
What happens to the book when I’m finished? I do not sell my review copies or ARCs. I may pass them on to another person to read unless I’m aware of objections to this.
Nature of reviews: My reviews are usually concise and subjective. They convey my honest response to the work and may contain references to and/or comparisons with other works by the same author, by authors in the same genre, etc. My reviews are in no way affected by the source of the book (bought, borrowed, or review copy). I usually feature an image of the book cover. Depending on the type of book, I may explore themes, writing style, plot, or character development as well as my thoughts about the work in general.
Review schedule: I aim to post one or two reviews each month, depending on my reading time and book length.
Review extras: I am open to conducting author interviews.
What if I can’t finish the book? Some books just don’t hold my attention or interest. If I can’t get finish a book, I do not post any kind of review. I may host a giveaway, so someone else can take a shot at the book.
Blog stats: Contact me for details.
Compensation: I receive no compensation for any review that appears on this blog. I am a member of Amazon Affliates and I have Google Adsense on my site.
What do I hope to get, besides the chance to read a book? I enjoy reading and chatting about books with other book enthusiasts. It is an added bonus when an author, publicist, and/or publisher promotes my review by posting a link on Twitter and on their own blog or website.
Copyright issues: With the exception of book covers which are usually sourced from the publisher, all content (text and photos) is my own (unless otherwise noted), and I hold the copyright thereto. If you would like to post my reviews on another site, you must contact me first. I almost always agree, but I need to know where my work is being published, and I expect a link back to my own blog. Short quotations that are within the bounds of copyright restrictions can be used on book jackets and other promotional material. Please attribute all quotations to www.izzyreads.com
Contact: My email address is Izzy [at] IzzyReads [dot] com
I am indebted to Beth Fish whose website is excellent and who is the inspiration behind this review policy. Thank you Beth!