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Review Policy

Here's my review policy as of March 2013:

Reviewing Policy:

I am willing to accept most types of books, but I focus on young adult and middle grade fiction. My favorite genres are romance, paranormal, historical, science fiction and fantasy, although I am open to other genres. I will accept books from all publishers. I do not accept self-published books and some independent books at this time. I will accept emails from authors and publishers for review requests, but only respond if it is a title I am interested in.

I can not guarantee a positive review, but will be open and honest in all my reviews. I will also not guarantee a review of every book I receive. I will notify authors and publishers when a review is posted if provided with contact information.

In addition to blogging, I work full time as a librarian. I am also heavily involved in work for ALA and my state library association. This means I have a lot of commitments outside of my blog that must come first. I love blogging, but I want to keep reading an enjoyable fun activity, so I may need to take a break for work or personal reasons at times and I may need to read something outside of my review pile once in awhile. Please understand that I want to keep blogging fun and manageable, so there may be delays in receiving a review and I apologize for those delays.



Please send all questions/comments to greenbeanteenqueen (at) gmail (dot) com

Comments

  1. This is good. I just posted mine too. I've been reading articles and conversations about having one so I decided I'd better get something done.

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  2. It's been helpful to see others' review policies. I've been able to fine tune mine in areas I'd previously left too gray. Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Yeah, it's helped to read other people's review policies to write up my own. I figured it was about time I actually posted one!:)

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  4. Oh, this is good :) Looking at your review policy has really helped me make mine better. Actually, I have a question. How do I contact publishers to let them know that I'm wanting ARCs for review? Is there something I have to do, or someone I need to to contact? Or do they just randomly send you books and BOOM you're an awesome blogger?

    Sorry if this is a stupid question. I'm just interested in doing this and I don't know who else to ask

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  5. Hi Scarlett-Not a stupid question at all! Sometimes publishers will put contact information about ARCs on thier sites. I actually started out reviewing what I could get at the library and what I had in my personal book collection. As my blog grew, I started getting contacted more. It also helps that I'm also a librarian, so I can make connections at conferences.

    If you do e-mail publishers, remember to include blog stats and info about your blog and don't demand anything and be polite. I never liked the idea of e-mailing them, but some people do it, so as long as you're nice about it and don't expect them to send you things just because you have a blog, I think it's ok.

    And don't worry about reviewing older books-that's a great way to get started and build up your blog. If you have any other questions, let me know!

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Hello! My name is Sarah and I am a Youth Services Manager who works with kids, tweens and teens. I love being asked about great books to read! I started my blog in 2008 as a way to keep track of what I've been reading and to use a reference tool for reader's advisory and it's grown into much more than I could have ever anticipated. In addition to book reviews, I also enjoy posting audiobook reviews, booklists and my adventures in being a librarian. 2017 Library Journal Mover and Shaker Committees: 2021 Newbery Committee 2018 Odyssey Committee 2016 Caldecott Award 2013 Michael L. Printz Committee- Fabulous Films Committee I have also served on the Cybils, Missouri State Library Association Readers Selection Lists, and as an Audies judge. Presentations :  I have offered various presentations at local, state and national libraries and conferences. Topics have included:  What's New in Children's & Teen Literature Engaging Teens in Reader's Advisory Gee