If you’re an author, and you feel the need to ask me to review your book, please think about it before you do. In fact, my advice to you would be to think about it at least three times, before you send me the e-mail request.
Just because you sent me the book free doesn’t mean that I’m going to be nice about the baby that you spent months trying to deliver. If I like it, I’ll shout it from the rooftops, but equally, if I hate it, then please be prepared for your baby to be stomped on, and decimated on a public forum.
Of course there are nice ways to say that I didn’t like your book, but here’s the thing: I’m just not that type of blogger.
You have been warned.
To comply with FTC guidelines, allow me to state that I have received free books from authors, either as review copies or as prizes in giveaways. Most of my reviews up to now (October 8th 2009) have been of books I’ve purchased myself. Either way, a review is NOT an endorsement. A review is at its heart the expression of the reviewer’s opinion–in this case, my opinion.
Regardless of how the book in question ended up in my hands (or computer), I will not insult your intelligence by assuming that you will blindly buy any book I like, or that you’ll avoid reading any book I don’t like. Instead, I’ll give you credit for making up your own mind, and buying and/or reading whatever you think you’ll enjoy.
I’m happy to consider books for review, but please keep in mind that I already have far more than I can read in several lifetimes and that I do not love everything I try. If I accept your book for review, I’ll make a good faith effort to read it and to write an honest review. I reserve the right to not start it, not finish it, or hate it.