Review Policy & Promo Policy

REVIEW POLICY

 

Things you should know before submitting a review request:

Most of the books we read and review come from solicited requests we initiate (usually via NetGalley and Edelweiss or to publishers and authors directly), our personal shelves, and/or the library.

We are not professional reviewers and we do not post ‘critical analysis’ type reviews. What we do post are our honest opinions of the books we read – what we liked, what we didn’t like, and why. For us, this is not a job. We do not get paid (nor would we accept payment) for our reviews. We do this on our own free time because we love reading and talking about books.

Romance sub-genres we accept:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Erotic Romance
  • Fantasy Romance
  • F/F Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Interactive Romance
  • MC Romance
  • M/M Romance
  • New Adult (Contemporary only)
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Steampunk
  • Urban Fantasy

We accept ARCs, galleys, and finished copies, though ebooks are preferred. We do not accept audio books for review at this time. If you are submitting an ebook for review, you will be asked to send the ebook directly to the reviewer who will be reading and reviewing the book. Self-published books will be considered if, and only if, the book has been professionally edited.

We will NEVER share, forward, copy, distribute, trade, or in any way infringe on an author’s copyright regarding ebooks we receive. We will NEVER sell ARCs. From time to time, The Book Vixen holds giveaways which may include printed ARCs and printed finished copies that have been received for review. If you prefer that we do not giveaway the print book you provided us for review, please let us know in the review request form.

We will consider all requests (so as long as the request abides by our review policy), however, we may not accept all requests. Acceptance does not guarantee a review. While we try to only accept books for review that we think we will enjoy reading, we cannot and will not guarantee a positive review. Our reviews are our honest assessment of the book, which is in no way affected by how or where we got the book. We do not accept/receive monetary compensation for reviews.

In addition to our reviews being posted on The Book Vixen, they also get shared on: Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Brianna will post her reviews on Amazon from time to time, at her discretion (usually when a book has less than 100 reviews).

Book reviews will include the following information:

  • book cover
  • book title and author
  • name of series and number in series, if applicable
  • synopsis (usually taken from Goodreads)
  • publication date and publisher
  • purchase link to Amazon
  • link to book on Goodreads

The Book Vixen uses a 5 frog Rating System:

     5 Frogs - It was AMAZING! Definitely re-read material.
     4 Frogs - We really liked it. Put it on your TBR list.
     3 Frogs - We liked it. Didn't love it but it was still enjoyable.
     2 Frogs – Meh. It was okay. Get it from the library.
     1 Frog - We didn't like it. It wasn't for us.
     DNF - Did Not Finish and we'll tell you why.


The Book Vixen also uses a Sensuality Rating System:

     INNOCENT - kissing is as far as it goes
     MILD - Sex takes place behind closed doors
     SENSUAL - Open bedroom door but no oral sex
     STEAMY - Always just 2 partners, may include oral sex
     EROTIC - Multiple partners, BDSM, 'back door' sex

 

If you have a specific date that you would like the review to be posted, please let us know in your request and we will do our best to accommodate you. Books we personally request for review will have precedence over all other books. On average, it can take anywhere from 2-8 weeks for the review to post. Due to time constraints, we do not send out email notifications when a review has been posted.

There are currently 6 reviewers here at The Book Vixen. To learn more about the reviewers on The Book Vixen, check out our About page. Brianna handles all correspondence including review requests, promotional posts, and the like.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brianna.

If you would like us to host a giveaway in conjunction with our review, please note that in the “Comments/Questions” section of our Review Request form.

 

» To submit a review request, please fill out this form.

Due to time constraints, only requests that are accepted will get a response (usually within one week).


PROMOTIONAL POST POLICY

 

We are not accepting any more promo requests for the remainder of 2014.

The Book Vixen is happy to help promote your book with promotional posts. We welcome: exclusive excerpts, giveaways, guest posts, and we also participate in virtual blog/book tours. Due to time constraints, we only do a limited number of interviews. Please see our review policy to see the list of genres we accept for review to see if The Book Vixen would be a good fit to promote your book. Self-published authors are welcome (and encouraged!), as long as the book has been professionally edited.

Dates for promotional posts will not be confirmed or scheduled until I have received all necessary assets for the post. This includes dates for virtual tours as well. With 3 kiddos, my computer time is limited and sporadic at times.

I ask that guest posts be an original work that has not been published anywhere else before. Guest posts should be between 300-600 words in length, give or take (I’m flexible on this). I welcome exclusive book excerpts as long as the excerpt is 600 words in length or less (I’m firm on this). Please include a brief author bio (150 words or less) along with social media links (author website, blog, Goodreads, Twitter, and/or Facebook) you would like included in the promotional post. I will post the following book links when provided to me: Amazon (using my affiliate link), Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Kobo, and iBooks. 

If you would like to uses images in your promotional post (aside from the book cover), you must own the rights to the image(s) and let me know you own the rights. No exceptions.

Promotional posts are required to have a giveaway. It’s a great way to help spread the word about your book plus it gives readers an incentive to (a) try a new-to-them author and (b) read more books by you. Statics show that promo posts with giveaways get more buzz, which generate more hits. If giving away a book (as oppose to a gift card or swag), I ask that it be the book that you are promoting (or the first book in that series, if the book you are promoting cannot be read as a stand alone). Giveaways can be open to international readers but must include US residents, as that is where the majority of our readers are based. The Book Vixen runs giveaways for 1 week. Entries are collected via Rafflecopter forms and winners are selected randomly. Once the winner(s) have claimed their prize, the winner’s information will be emailed to you for prize distribution. Please note that ONLY the information for the giveaway WINNER(S) will be sent to the giveaway sponsor. This is to ensure the privacy of The Book Vixen’s readers.

If you would like us to host a giveaway in conjunction with our review, please note that in the “Comments/Questions” section of our Review Request form.

If a book is given a rating less than 3 frogs, The Book Vixen reserves the right to alter or decline any promotional posts related to said book.

If we feel your promotional post will be a good fit for our readers, we will respond to your request within one week. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brianna.

 

» To submit a promotional post request, please fill out this form.

Please note that I am now accepting promo requests for January 2015 and onward.