Review Policy

UPDATE:
I’m not currently accepting review requests as I am too busy at the moment. Feel free to check back periodically to see when that changes


If you are a publisher or author looking to have a book reviewed here on Another World, please read the rest of this page carefully.

Last Update: 10th January 2016

 

REQUESTS I WILL CONSIDER ACCEPTING

Another World is dedicated to fantasy and science fiction literature, so I’m open to receiving requests to review novels and novellas (minimum 25,000 words) within these genres. Due to time constraints I can only commit to reading one title per week, which means I have to be very selective about which books I will accept for review purposes.

Unlike many other book bloggers I’m open to reviewing titles from small presses and self-published/independent authors, with the proviso that the books in question are readily available to the general public, in both ebook and print editions. (This condition is non-negotiable for the time being.)

Ideally I would like to prioritise review requests from small publishers and indies, as I would rather not be posting the same book reviews as every other book blogger on the internet. So if you want to secure a review, make a concerted effort to persuade me that your book is a must read title I cannot afford to miss.

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REQUESTS I WON’T CONSIDER

If the title you want reviewed is not fantasy or science fiction I won’t even consider it. Also I won’t accept requests for short-stories, poetry, graphic novels/comics or audiobooks.

I also will not accept requests for titles that are part of ongoing series that I haven’t read from the beginning. This means that if you want a review for the fourth book of a series, I cannot accommodate such a request if I have not read the previous titles.

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BOOKS I’M INTERESTED IN REVIEWING

Fantasy and Science Fiction encompasses a very wide spectrum of stories, but I am particularly interested in reading high fantasy, historical fantasy, alternate history, steampunk, urban fantasy, paranormal, time travel, cyberpunk, and apocalyptic or dystopian sci-fi, as well as horror titles that contain paranormal elements.

To a lesser extent I’m open to reading paranormal romance, but keep in mind that this reviewer is a thirty-something male so I’ll only take a chance on books that can be regarded as being “male reader friendly”. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward is the perfect example of what I’m referring to.

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WHAT ABOUT YOUNG ADULT BOOKS?

While I am not a big fan of the YA market, I’m not averse to reading titles that genuinely grab my interest. However, I refuse to read YA books that prominently feature love triangles; I’ve had enough of that trope for one lifetime.

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HOW TO SUBMIT A REVIEW REQUEST

If you believe that your book is one I’d be interested in reviewing, send an email with the header, Another World Review Request, to lonelyboy1977@gmx.com with the following information: the title of the book, the name of the author, which genre(s) the book falls into, the publisher of the book, a synopsis of what the book is about, the expected publication date, and if applicable a link to the book’s Goodreads entry.

Also feel free to include any other information you feel maybe pertinent. For example, why you believe I would be interested in the book, or which other previously published titles are similar to the book you are submitting for review.

Note:
Before submitting a request, I’d like to respectfully remind people that emails are not SMS messages. In the event I receive requests composed like text messages, complete with absurdly typed “text speak” normally reserved for smartphones, I will unceremoniously delete them. If you can’t be bothered to write complete and coherent sentences, I can’t be bothered to read your book.

It would also be nice if an effort was made to personalise the request. Messages that appear to be the product of generic templates, copied and pasted before being spammed to a hundred other book bloggers, will reduce the likelihood of the request being accepted.

I will endeavour to respond to all emails that adhere to these guidelines within 7 days. If I decline your request, don’t let it dissuade you from submitting other requests in future.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A REVIEW REQUEST IS ACCEPTED?

Once I have accepted a request I will be happy to receive an advanced copy of the title to review. At the present time I can only accept ebook editions in EPUB, MOBI or PDF format.

I will also confirm with you when you would like the review to be posted, if applicable, otherwise the review will be posted at my discretion; usually a week or two after I’ve finished reading the book. By default the review will appear on this blog and on Goodreads.

Even if I accept your request and receive an ARC copy, I reserve the right not to post a review in the (unlikely) event I choose not to finish reading the book.

Note:
If you do indeed have a specific time frame in which you need the review to appear, the earlier you submit a review request, the better.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE POSTED REVIEW

Just because I have read your book, that doesn’t guarantee it will garner a glowing review. I am committed to giving honest and objective appraisals of every book I read, so my opinions cannot and will not be influenced in anyway.

In the event that I have not liked/enjoyed a book, any criticisms subsequently appearing in the review will always be constructive, and not malicious. I also try to keep in mind that just because I haven’t responded positively to a book, that doesn’t mean other readers won’t love it, so I generally attempt to identify and make mention of those readers who are likely to enjoy the reviewed title.

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GIVEAWAYS

Another World is principally a review blog so I would prefer it if visitors came to the site for the reviews and not for freebies. However, I am prepared to participate in giveaways at my discretion; this will only be for books and/or authors I have a genuine interest in.

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BLOG TOURS

I am open to receiving invitations to participate in blog tours, with the following caveats; I will only accept invitations if I have a genuine interest in the book and/or author being promoted; and more importantly I would want to arrange and host exclusive content that will not appear on dozens of other book blogs.

 
With Regards,
Ian


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