Review Policy

Hello, publicists, publishers, and authors! Thank you for considering me to review your books. Here’s a little more about me, my tastes, and my review process that you should know before shooting me an email.

What I’m Interested In

I’m most interested in reviewing books and doing exclusive author interviews. I’m open to doing giveaways. (I’m not currently interested in other types of content, like guest posts and cover reveals.)

Here are the genres I currently read and review (check out my review archive for an even better idea of what I like):

  • Literary (contemporary) novels and short story collections from small presses and major publishing houses
  • Literary essays and memoir from small presses and major publishing houses
  • Science fiction and fantasy from small presses and major publishing houses
  • Historical fiction from small presses and major publishing houses
  • YA novels for older readers (preferably for the 15+ age group), especially ones with social justice and LGBTQIA+ components, from small presses and major publishing houses
  • LGBTQIA+ romance from all publishers, including indie authors

What I’m Not Interested In

I’m not interested in doing blog content that’s not book reviews, giveaways, or exclusive author interviews, so please don’t solicit me for cover reveals, and similar types of posts.

I’m not interested in receiving review copies for books in any genre that I haven’t listed above. That especially includes how-to books and nonfiction that isn’t “creative” or literary in focus.

I’m not interested in working with indie authors who are not in the LGBTQIA+ romance niche at this time.

Acceptable Formats

I review books in print and Kindle e-book formats only. (I do not review audiobooks.)

How to Contact Me

My email address is maggietiede (AT) gmail (DOT) com, or you can use the contact form on this website. That’s the best way to get a hold of me.

If I haven’t responded to your email in a month or so, feel free to email again.

If I decline your book for review, please don’t email me about that specific title again, but do feel free to contact me about future books.

What You Can Expect If I Accept Your Book for Review

If I’ve accepted your ARC, great! I can’t wait to work with you. If not, please feel free to try again with future books, since my reading schedule is busy and sometimes a rejection is a matter of timing and not taste.

If the ARC is solicited (i.e., I either requested it or we corresponded about it ahead of time and I agreed to review it), then I will review your book. I know ARCs represent a big investment for publishers and I want to honor that! If there’s an emergency and I can’t keep that commitment, I will let you know as soon as I can and either return the ARC or pass it along to another interested reviewer.

However, if the ARC is unsolicited (you sent it to me without prior notice), I make no guarantees.

I try to post reviews within a month of the publication date. The earlier I get the ARC, the more likely it is that I can schedule the review in a timely manner. If there’s a strict deadline, I need lots of notice, and it might be a factor in my declining the book.

Reviews are my honest opinions, which means that sometimes I write negative ones. If you can’t tolerate a negative review, then please don’t send me an ARC. I read and review in good faith–I never hate-read, and I only accept books I’m genuinely interested in–so please act in good faith with me as well.

I cross-post condensed versions of my reviews to Goodreads and as many major retailers as possible. ARCs will appear in my Goodreads feed as well as my Friday Bookbag and Month In Review features (and potentially other features as I add them).

Thank you!