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Review Policy

If you are a publisher or author who would like their book reviewed here on Stephanie’s Written Word, please e-mail me at wordblog(at)optonline(dot)net. 

I enjoy reading contemporary fiction, young adult fiction, chick-lit, historical fiction, fantasy and gothic horror stories. I also occasionally read memoirs. I don’t sell the ARC’s which are sent to me for review, but will sometimes include them as part of a giveaway or donate them to my local library (unless specifically requested otherwise). Please note that I am not accepting self published or e-books at this time.

Since I recieve quite a few requests for reviews, I am selective about the titles I accept and will generally only respond to the inquiries that interest me. I would love to e-mail each and every person who sends me a book pitch, but I can no longer keep up!

Please note that my acceptance of a review copy does not guarantee that I will write a review. If I cannot finish a book due to lack of interest then I will not write a review. I will however write a review if the book is finished.

Please note that I write honest reviews that help my readers select quality books, therefore if I did not like the book I will say so in my review, along with my reasons why. Even though I don’t guarantee a positive review, I  try to write reviews that are fair, balanced and constructive.

Also note that I do my best to get a review up on my blog in a timely manner, although with two young children sometimes that can be a challenge.  This means it can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months for me to post a review. 

My blog views have increased steadily over the past three years and in July 2009 alone I had over 12,500 hits. I also regularly visit and comment on numerous book related sites. I am open to hosting giveaways, guest blog posts and author interviews and am currently hosting the Everything Austen Challenge, which has more than 200 participants.

You can see examples of recent giveaways here:

Therese Fowler’s books Souvenir and Reunion

Knit Two by Kate Jacobs  

Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Sisters

For examples of author interviews, click below:

Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry

Laura Fitzgerald, author of Veil of Roses and One True Theory of Love

And guest blog posts:

Sex and the Austen Girl by Laurie Viera Rigler

Eileen Goudge’s inspiration for The Diary

Writing from experience by author Ellen Baker

For information about the Everything Austen Challenge:

Introducing Everything Austen!

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