Review Policy

UPDATED on 27/03/17.
  • I'm perfectly happy for publishers or publicists to contact me about reviewing books or to request a guest post/interview/giveaway - but please familiarise yourself with the genres I review before contacting me.
  • I do not wish to be contacted by authors unless I already have an established relationship with them.
  • Books I am willing to consider for review:
    • YA fiction of any genre - I have a particular interest in books dealing with the topics of sex, body image, mental health, and with diverse (LGBTQ, POC, disabled, mental illness, etc) characters, and #ownvoices novels.
    • Women's fiction/contemporary romance.
    • Adult fantasy novels - such as urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
    • Feminist non-fiction - YA or adult (From 04/06/16, all non-fiction pertaining to feminism, sexism, or memoirs will be reviewed and discussed on my lifestyle blog, Jo's Scribbles.)
    • Picture books. 
  • I am not a fan of other non-fiction, or historical or erotic fiction.
  • Although I may on occasion review novels from other genres, I'd rather not receive requests to review any other genres but those stated.
  • I may decline your request to review a book.
  • I do not wish to receive unsolicited review copies, due to my towering TBR pile. I only wish to review books I have been contacted about regarding a possible review or have requested myself. Therefore, I do not wish to be added to any publisher automatic send-out review mailing lists, but do feel free to email me about specific books. Books that I receive without a prior email are highly unlikely to be reviewed.
  • If you send me a review request for a book in the middle of a series, please be aware I may request the previous books if I've yet to start it. I understand you may not be able to provide them, but I cannot review a book in the middle of a series I am yet to read.
  • I do not accept books to review from self-published authors or indie/small publishing houses.
  • I may not review every book I receive. After a few years of trying to read every book I've been sent to review, I have now decided I am not going to force myself through a book I am just not enjoying. I will email to let you know if I won't be reviewing a book.
  • I cannot guarantee my reviews will be positive, but they will be honest and fair.
  • Any ARCs/review copies I receive may be reviewed after publication. I do not review to deadline, due to my towering TBR pile and time constraints. I'm a mood reader; I read the books I want to read when I want to read them - otherwise I find I get no enjoyment from the books I'm reading. Not reviewing for publication also keeps my content fresh compared to other blogs, and pressure off of me. It also means the book is being discussed and highlighted again at a later date, when discussion on other blogs may have died down. It's win-win.
  • When reviewing, I include: a summary/blurb, my thoughts, an image of the cover, who published the book, when it is/was published, a link to the author's website, a link to the book on Goodreads, and a link to buy it on Wordery.
  • I don't normally give major spoilers. However, if spoilers are given, clear warning will be given and they will be hidden, and there will be a button to click to view. If a book is in the middle of a series, spoilers of previous books are unavoidable, but a clear warning will be at the very beginning of the review.
  • Reviews will also be posted on Goodreads, Bookbridgr and Amazon.
  • Books will be sent to my address, in the UK.
  • Review Policy is subject to change. If any changes are made, I will Tweet about it.
  • You can contact me by email at onceuponabookcase[at]googlemail[dot]com
Further information:
  • Any emails I receive that I would respond to with a negative will no longer receive a response. This means emails sent about review copies, author interviews/guest posts, or blog tours that I'm not interested in will no longer be replied to with a "Thank you, but no thank you."
  • I am no longer posting about author or book news on my blog. I may tweet about things I think my readers will be interested in, and if so, I will let you know.
  • I will be taking part in very few blog tours, if any.
Please note: Once Upon a Bookcase does not accept written content from freelancers. Please do not contact me offering free written content.

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