The following review policy applies to our free reviews and sponsored posts (non-book related). For Luxury Reading PR (paid book reviews), please click here.
***Please note that we are currently booked for free reviews through end of January. We are still accepting books but reviews will not be posted until February***
I welcome review requests from publishers, publicists and authors, and will consider reviewing books of all genres.
I will make every effort to post reviews for the books that I accept for review. I cannot guarantee reviews for unsolicited review copies.
Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or have a book you need reviewed.
Book reviews normally take anywhere from 1 to 6 months to be posted unless I agree to post on a specific date. If you’re looking for coverage during a specific period of time, please clear the date with me prior to sending the review copy.
Books are reviewed by me and a team of dedicated reviewers. Each review will have a “reviewed by” at the top, and a byline at the bottom with some information about the reviewer. At this time, I cannot accommodate requests for a specific reviewer, and all books are distributed based on the reviewers’ preferred genres and availability.
We write honest and unbiased reviews regardless of the source of the book. Please know that sending a gratis review copy is not a guarantee of a positive review. We stand by our reviews and I will not honor any requests for review revisions, i.e. changing a negative review into a positive one.
In addition to posts on Luxury Reading, book reviews are occasionally cross-posted on Amazon, LibraryThing, GoodReads, Shelfari, and other retail and social media sites.
I now accept eBooks for review; a choice of formats is appreciated (i.e. ePub, MOBI, PDF, etc.).
I am happy to consider self-published books for review. Self-published authors can also submit books for review through the Luxury Reading PR service.
As always, reviews are opinions and ratings are an additional way for reviewers to express their feelings about a particular book.
1 – Surprises me – how on earth did it get published? Poor writing, poor story – no redeeming qualities (drinking days old stale coffee)
1.5 – Appealing to a narrow pool of readers – maybe because of topic or genre; writing and story leave lots to be desired (haggis or cooked chicken feet for most Americans)
2 – An unbalanced book with the story quality or the writing quality stronger than the other – readable for someone interested in this story type or writing style (cold beef tongue – not eaten by many but some love it)
2.5 – Poor writing or story quality is overshadowed by the genre – appealing to some, with some interesting aspects (Sutter Home White Zinfindel for the new wine drinker)
3 – A book to enjoy; perhaps a guilty pleasure or beach read that you really like (your favorite junk food in a favorite setting)
3.5 – Very readable book – enjoyable story and pretty well written (a really fine cup of coffee or a well-cooked steak)
4 – High caliber book – will be highly appreciated by a certain type of reader – others – not so much (artisan bread; crusty and warm )
4.5 – Excellent/creative/imaginative writing and a powerful story – some won’t appreciate this book perhaps because of topic or style, but many will (single malt scotch, specially brewed beer, or fine wine of choice)
5– An amazing book; excellent writing, powerful story – will be appreciated by most who read it (an ice-cold drink of spring water during an arid mountain hike while enjoying a stunning vista)
Blog Tours/Guest Posts
I love to participate in blog tours and welcome guest posts from authors.
For blog tours, books must be received at least 3 weeks prior to the tour date. If I do not receive the book within this time frame, I will reach out to you to reschedule the tour date. Please keep in mind that this may result in the tour date being pushed to the following month.
I must receive guest posts 1 week prior to the posting date. If the guest post is not received within this time frame, you will forfeit your posting date. I generally have a very busy posting schedule, and may not be able to reschedule guest posts.
All guest posts have to be original, and not be posted anywhere else.
I do offer sponsored posts; sponsored posts are clearly disclosed in the title and at the bottom of the post. A sponsored post can include anchor words with links to your website or a website you are writing on behalf of, product or social networks. You may include SEO keywords; keywords must be relevant to the content. You must include an image to use with the post or allow me to use an image from your website.
Sponsored posts can be written by you or you can provide me with information to write the post. Rates vary.
Please contact me for rates and availability.
I believe that giveaways raise excitement around a book, and am always happy to accept requests from authors and publicists who wish to sponsor a giveaway. Although Luxury Reading is dedicated to books, giveaways are not limited to books and book-related items.
The sponsor of the giveaway is free to choose the duration of the contest, specific rules, prizes, etc. Please e-mail me for details.
I receive free review copies of books from publishers, promoters and authors.
Occasionally, I will receive a free non-book product for review. The source of the book or product is disclosed at the end of the post. Receiving free books or products does not influence the honesty of a review and is not a guarantee of a positive review.
In 99.9% of cases, I am not paid to do a review. In the rare instance that I receive compensation for a review, the fact is fully disclosed in the beginning and end of the post. As with uncompensated reviews, receiving compensation is not a guarantee of a positive review.
I invest my own time to review and test products. I pay out of my own pocket to ship books to my team of reviewers.
No advertiser will ever influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog.
The blog template and posts may not be copied without my permission.