Review Policies

Policies current as of 11/25/17.

This page is for writers, publishers, and publicists who are interested in having me review their books.

I accept books for review from authors, publishers, and publicists, and I accept both traditionally-published books and self-published/Indie books, as well as ARCs. I do not accept every book offered to me (although I do respond to every offer), and I will not review books I haven’t read.

When reviewing books, I will …

  • Mention in the post if I’ve received the book as a review copy (it’s a legal thing, I have to)
  • Post honest reviews – if I hate it, I will say so, but I’ll also explain why
  • Use cover images – so permission to use yours is appreciated
  • Post reviews on other sites (e.g. Amazon, Goodreads) if requested
    • If not requested, it may still end up there, but that’s at my discretion

What I Will Accept

  • Queer fiction of any genre. Queer includes books with main characters that have one or any combination of the following cannonical identities:
    • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or pansexual
    • Transgender, intersex, genderfluid, or otherwise nonbinary and/or gender-nonconforming
    • Asexual and/or aromantic
  • Fiction with POC main characters and/or a setting outside Europe/America (or non-Europe/America-based fantasy world)
  • Fiction with disabled or chronically ill main characters
  • Fiction written by disabled, chronically ill, POC, or queer authors
  • Steampunk or solarpunk fiction
  • The following nonfiction genres:
    • Self-help/personal development
    • Financial (without fatphobia)
    • Feminism/feminist thought/women’s history/women’s empowerment
    • Queer issues/history
    • Social justice/marginalized people groups
  • Graphic novels and webcomics



What I Won’t Accept

  • Biography/autobiography/memoir
  • Theology/religious nonfiction
  • Poetry or short stories
  • Middle grade fiction or picture books
  • Westerns
  • Erotica
  • Anything with rape/sexual assault/sexual violence

Contact Me

If you think your book is something I’d be interested in, email jalyn *dot* ely *at* gmail *dot* com with:

  • the title
  • the author’s name or pen name
  • the genre, as specific as possible
  • blurb or short description – this is what I base the majority of my decision on, so this should be compelling
  • other relevant details (please post on Amazon, this is an ARC and releases on this date, etc.)

DO NOT send attachments – review requests with attachments will be deleted.

I do not accept every book offered, but I do respond to every request.

Legal Stuff

Current as of 4/5/17.

By offering Jalyn a book to review, you acknowledge:

  • you have read these policies
  • Jalyn retains the right to refuse to review your book for any reason
  • the only cost to Jalyn for receiving said book is an honest review
  • you will not attempt to influence the review through any means
  • Jalyn retains the right to not finish reading a book for the following reasons: extreme disinterest in plot and/or characters; occurrence of topics Jalyn will not read about (e.g. rape, sexual assault)
  • you do not have the right to prevent a review from publication or remove a review from this site, except in cases where Jalyn did not finish the book, in which case xi will give you the option of publishing a “did not finish” review or having no review posted
  • Jalyn retains full, permanent, royalty-free rights to the review, and any modification or distribution is completely at xir discretion
  • you have the right to share and distribute the review (including the whole review and quotes from the review) provided you have not modified it and you include a link back to the original post (if online) or the attribution “review by Jalyn,” (if in print)

By accepting your book for review, Jalyn agrees:

  • xi will read the entire book, except for extreme disintrest in plot and/or characters or occurrence of topics (especially rape or sexual violence) that xi refuses to read about
  • xi will write a fair* and honest review
  • xi will not require any compensation, monetary or otherwise, for xir review, except for a free copy of the book xi is to review
  • xir review will be posted on this blog and on other sites specified on a day xi chooses (unless otherwise arranged)
  • xir review will be posted within three months of receipt of the book (unless other arrangements are made to mutual satisfaction)
  • you have the right to share and distribute the unmodified review (including the whole review and quotes from it), provided you include a link to the original post (if online) or include the attribution “review by Jalyn,” (if in print)

*Defined as “presenting the elements of the story and the book as a whole, and in negative reviews not excluding redeeming elements.”


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