Review Requests

Book Reviews

NB My review list now is full until the end of 2017 (yes, you read that right!)

(See my Bedside Table for a list of recent reviews and what I’m currently reading).

Submissions

PLEASE NOTE: As I have several sources of review books to choose from, and given that I now have enough to keep me going until the end of 2017, I will only be accepting a very small number of additional titles over the coming months. If you feel you have the necessary strength of character to withstand a likely refusal, feel free to ask.

My reviews don’t have any particular format – they may be long, they may be short, they may go into detail, or they may not. Be sure you’re happy to have my honest opinion before requesting a review, since needless flattery and sycophancy are not my style. I work on the 1 – 5 star basis and though I have in the past reviewed books that warranted a single star (ie – dreadful), I generally will not write a review unless I can award at least three stars.

If you would like to submit your book for review, you must follow these guidelines – failure to do so will result in your submission being ignored.

Be Warned!

If your book has multiple spelling mistakes (ie more than 3), has poor punctuation, is badly written or is crammed with clichés – I might not get past the first chapter.

If your book starts off well, then turns to crap, I reserve the right not to finish it. In which case (obviously), no review.

Formats

I’m happy to accept review copies as paperback, Kindle/Mobi or PDF. (If sending PDFs, please ensure they’re readable and have a font size of 22/24 – if you’re not sure, check out Alison Morton’s advice).

Be aware that I’m a cash-strapped writer, so while I buy several books each month, I won’t necessarily buy yours! Free downloads etc are always appreciated.

I Will Read:

Mystery, Thriller and Suspense
Psychological/Horror
Historical
Contemporary
Young Adult
Children’s Books
Crime/Legal
Fantasy – though I’m very choosy!
Short Stories
Stage Plays
Sci-Fi – think John Wyndham, PD James, Mary Shelley, Anthony Burgess, Jasper Fforde.
Non-Fiction – hmm. Depends on the subject matter – history’s good.

I Will NOT Read:

Romance
Erotica
Anything involving Werewolves, Zombies or Vampires (except Stephen King, obviously)
Anything overtly Religious
Anything overtly Homophobic, Racist or Misogynistic

I do occasionally make exceptions to the above, but not often.

Contact Me

Contact me via email at – hello (@) colingarrow.org – and in the body of your email (ie no attachments, except cover image), please include:

Title of book
Author or pen name
Approximate word/page count
Cover image to use in the review
The ‘blurb’ or teaser
Link to buy/download the book
Link(s) to the author’s website/blog
NB Please ensure books have sampling enabled – if I can’t access the first couple of pages, I won’t consider reviewing it.

Thank you

Wherever possible I will post reviews on my Blog, Goodreads and Amazon and (if applicable) Smashwords, Kobo etc.

I reply to all emails, though if times are tough it may take a while to get back to you. Unlike some reviewers, I will let you know if I want to review your book [NB this only applies to individual emails, not mass mailouts]. And finally, if I read your book but don’t write a review, I’ll tell you why. In this case, I won’t be surprised if I don’t hear from you again (criticism can be hard to take).

Affiliates

I no longer use affiliate links in book reviews, so if you click on the links I won’t earn a penny, but if one of my reviews inspires you to buy a book, then that’s great. After all, authors are nothing without book-buyers.