Review Policy

I’ve taken some advice from fellow bloggers and have added a review policy to by blog. Hopefully this will entice publishers and authors to contact me with books to review. Let me know what you think:

Rereading this now, it sounds awfully formal, but I guess that’s because it is. This is my first crack at a review policy, so it might be a little too rigid or maybe it’s over the top, I don’t know. Below, I have tried to be as honest as possible in giving you an idea of how I review books.

No matter how much I dislike a book I will endeavour, at the very least, to say one positive thing about it. I believe that every publication is deserving of a certain respect and as a published work there is something meritorious within it. That said, there is no guarantee that I will like your book. The only promise I make in reviewing a work is that the review will be my honest opinion.  Like any individual, I am a product of my upbringing. As such there is no doubt that my opinions will be influenced by that upbringing as well as my life experience, family history, political views, religious views, sexual orientation and profession.

I do not currently receive any remuneration for my reviews nor do I receive any revenue from advertising.

All publishers and authors are welcome to contact me via email. Whether or not I accept a work for review is up to me. Once I have accepted it, however, I see that I have an obligation to read the work in its entirety and complete a review. As such, I will only accept books in which I believe I will find some interest or will enjoy. If I decline an offer to review a particular work it should in no way limit a publisher or author from inquiring about any other works in the future. Also, I have not managed to get into the whole digital reading thing, so please, no ebooks.

When choosing a book for myself, I tend to lean heavily towards historical fiction or anything with a strong political interest. I also really like reading new authors, especially those from developing countries that may not have access to the same resources that enable them to reach larger markets. Additionally, I am a huge fan of Canadian fiction. The only things I don’t particularly care for are Thriller/Horror novels. Science Fiction has to be really well done and have some grounding in reality for me to enjoy it and I am not really big on poetry, but certainly am not opposed to reviewing it.

So, now that that’s out of the way…bring on the books!!


About Robbie

Hi there, my name is Robbie Burns (no,really, that’s my name…hold the haggis jokes please) and I would like to welcome you to the Pink Sheep Cafe. I started this blog as a means of discussing books and all things literary in light of my perpetual isolation. At the time I began writing, I was living in Split, Croatia. There wasn’t much here in the way of English book clubs and I couldn’t work, so I badly needed something to help me bide my time. My partner and I have since left Croatia and returned to Canada to live in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. When we first moved back here, my blog writing sort of fell by the wayside, but now I seem to be back on track. I try to read and review a little bit of everything here; I think everyone can find something to their liking here. I find myself tending more towards more literary reads these days, but I also enjoy a lot of YA and children’s fiction. One of my ongoing goals is to work my way through all of the Nobel Laureates. My two most favorite authors are Timothy Findley and Halldor Laxness.
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One Response to Review Policy

  1. Jessica says:

    I enjoyed reading your policy. I, too, found that a review policy was a necessity. Mine is constantly being revised as I find things work or don’t work or I see others’ review policies that are better than mine. 🙂 It actually helps me feel a lot less stressed about the review copies I accept, because the expectations are clearly set forth. Without a firm policy in place, it’s easier for me to feel put upon and the publisher or author to feel disappointed.

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