Review Requests

Speculating on SpecFic is NOT accepting review requests, as of 1st December 2016. Please check back in the future for updates.

Before submitting a review request please be mindful of the following:

Speculating on SpecFic is a book blog dedicated to works of Speculative Fiction. The genres included under that banner that I am interested in include:

  • paranormal
  • fantasy (both adult and young adult)
  • science fiction
  • romance

I am unlikely to accept the following types of books:

  • horror
  • non-fiction
  • chick lit
  • historical romance
  • action / adventure thrillers

I do not usually accept self published titles. You can see a complete list of books I have reviewed to date here.

If I accept a book for review, I cannot guarantee that it will be read or reviewed. Titles I have personally requested will always have precedence over others.  All other requests will be assessed on an individual basis.

How long will a review take?

I try to read books in a timely manner and am usually a very fast reader. How fast I read your book depends on my time constraints. Any ARCs which are given for review will be reviewed in the month preceding publication or a few days afterwards. I cannot promise to review a title by a specific date.

The rating system

5 stars – I loved it! I think everyone should read it!

4 stars – I liked it a lot. The difference between a 5-star and 4-star review is usually in whether it absolutely sweeps me away or not.

3 stars – I liked it.

2 stars – It was OK.

1 star – Yeah, this one wasn’t for me. You might still like it though!

DNF – Did not finish.

There are also half stars for when I need them! The difference between a 4.5 star book and a 5 star book is hard to define. It has to do with who memorable the book was, how many breaks I took while reading, whether I went to sleep or not when I was reading it, that sort of thing.

What should you include in a review request?

I read and review books as a hobby – I have a full-time job I juggle along with this passion. Thus I do not have the time required to chase up any ambiguous review requests. Please include the title and genre of your book in the first few lines, followed by a book cover (if one is available). A short (1 paragraph) blurb is usually all I have the time to read through. Please also include a link to a Goodreads / Amazon / Smashwords page.

Please DO NOT include a copy of your book along with your request – not only will this make me feel like you are forcing your book on me, it’s generally a bad idea. This is how books get pirated.

Small touches, like using my name, knowing what sorts of books I like, following me on Twitter or Facebook, will all let me know that you have actually researched me and genuinely want me to read and review your book because you feel I will enjoy it.

– Disclosure –

The books that I review are either provided by the author/publisher or books that I have purchased myself for my personal enjoyment. I do not accept/receive any monetary compensation for my reviews. I am honest in my reviews, and while I refrain from language and phrases that may hurt an author or reader, if I haven’t liked something about a book I will say it.

All views expressed on this blog are my own and do not reflect those of the author or publishing company. I am mindful that while I may love a book, others may have negative experiences or vice versa. My reviews almost always end on a positive note with me reminding readers that even if I have not enjoyed a title, they may.

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Last updated 01 Dec 2016.