Review Policy

If you happen to be an author, publisher, or other party interested in seeing a review of your book on Shae Has Left The Room, there are a few things you should know.

1) Requests may be sent to me through email. I will not accept requests from any other form of communication.

2) When writing said missive, just call me Shae. “Ms. Shae” or “O Queen of All Knowledge” are also acceptable. I am not “Dear Blogger” or any other impersonal form of address.

3) I can’t believe I even have to say this, but actually talk to me when sending a request. Don’t just paste your little bundle from marketing into an email and hit send. Otherwise, I’m going to assume you just added me to a mass mailing list with everyone else.

3) Understand that while I am genuinely flattered to be solicited for a review, I reserve the right to reject any request I wish without explanation.

4) I do not accept compensation for my reviews. Thank you, but I prefer to retain the high ground of objectivity.

5) I will be honest in my review. If I didn’t like aspects of the book, I will say so. I understand that this book is a product of great labor on your part, so I will do my best to remain objective at all times, but my taste may not reflect yours. It’s as simple as that.

6) I may choose NOT to review your book after I’ve read it.¬†I’m not going to waste my time or my readers’ time with a book that I could barely finish. And while traditionally published authors have a bit more cushion, I certainly don’t want to damage a fledgling indie pubbed author with a scathing review. It’s a case-by-case decision, one that I’ll remind you of when I respond to your request.

7) I am willing to schedule author interviews and participate in blog tours and giveaways upon request (but see my previous note about my reserved right to reject requests).

8) I choose when to post my reviews. I have a life and a blog schedule which constantly battle each other. If you have a specific deadline that you wish to impose for your review, you may ask nicely. I may also say no nicely, but it never hurts to ask (again, nicely).

9) I post my reviews here, on LibraryThing, and on Goodreads. That’s it.

10) I do not accept self-published books at this time.

11) I categorically refuse to review erotica, poetry, or nonfiction. Ever. The end.

12) As a general rule, I do not read or review short stories or novellas. Full-length fiction only, please.

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Whew! I know some of those rules can seem a little hard-nosed, but they’re all for your own good, I promise. I’m really very nice. Now that the rules are done, how about a few suggestions?
If you want to make me really happy, send me young adult or middle-grade books (I’m a YA/MG-oriented blog, people), particularly:
– Mystery
– Dystopian
– Fantasy
– Post-apocalyptic
– Sci-fi
– Historical
– Offbeat paranormal (by offbeat, I mean something off the normal vampire/werewolf/angel track)
I’d love to hear about other books as well, but the genres listed above make me particularly happy. If you’d like to make me over-the-moon ecstatic, find out if your book is in my to-read list on Goodreads; if it is, say so in your email, ¬†because books that make me over-the-moon ecstatic get first priority. (Just saying.)
Finally, when you contact me, please include:
– Your name
– Your email address (if you wish to be contacted other than through the one you’re using)
– Your relation to the book (are you the author? publisher? agent? author’s neighbor’s dog groomer’s aunt?)
– A synopsis (linking to the Goodreads synopsis works well)
– The form of the book you’ll be sending (paperback, hardcover, ARC)
– The book’s release date

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