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Review Policy/Review Requests

WHAT I DO DO AND DON'T DO


***Please read the following before sending a review request***


heehee, I said do do...and since you're reading this, so did you!

So this is the boring part where I must inform you of what do. I know, I know. You're probably thinking this is a review blog, that seems to be pretty self explanatory, so what the heck could this crazy lady possibly have left to explain. Blah blah blah. 

Sheesh, I know right. How annoying am I for making you read all of this. But, I promise the following words will contain vital information. Seriously, I pinky swear...just keep reading...please...

As of  July-December 2017: limited review requests are open till the end of 2017. Blog Tour/Interview/Guest Post/Giveaways/Spotlight requests for 2017 are OPEN.
  • I will consider ALL ARCs/Review Copies/Finished Copies for review, of traditionally published YA, MG, and Picture books (from the publisher, publicists, authors, etc). I strive to review every ARC and book sent, but if I cannot I will pass it along to another reader or reviewer. I will try to review ARCs at least one week before the release date. If you have a traditionally published book you'd like me to review please email me a review request. My Contact Info can be found here).
  • Indie/Self Published Authors: I am NOT taking review requests at this time, UNLESS a) I've reviewed your work previously (i.e you're releasing a sequel or new book) or b) we've previously discussed me reviewing your work...if you fall into one of these categories then please feel free to send me a request. 
  • Even though I am not currently taking indie review requests, I am more than happy to have you on my blog as a guest with an interview or guest post and/or giveaway or do a book spotlight for your book. Just send me an email and we can set something up!
    • For book spotlights, I do require an author provided giveaway to go along. This could be as simple as an ebook(s) giveaway.
    • For interviews and guest posts, I do not require an author provided giveaway, but I do highly encourage it. Posts with giveaways tend to garner more attention, thus giving authors and their books more attention. Plus, giveaway winners usually take the time to post reviews of the books won.

Please note, that just because I accept your review request does NOT guarantee a review. 

WHAT I DO DO

-I read books and offer my honest, unbiased reviews and opinions:
  • I will review YA, MG, and Picture Books only
  • Genres I do NOT read and review: non-fiction, Christian/Religious Fiction, erotica. I will consider all other genres within YA and MG
  • I will post my review on my blog and Goodreads regardless of my rating (DNF-5 Stars)
   
-I accept books to read from authors, publicists, publishers, ect. in the forms of ARC's, Review Copies or already published finished copies. I prefer physical books when available, but will accept ebooks in Kindle/mobi format.


-My timeframe:
  • ARCs sent and requested- I will try to post my review 1-6 weeks before the release date, but this is not always guaranteed
  • Finished copies of already published books- I will try post my review within 3 months, unless I specify otherwise
  • Reviews Requested by Self-Pubs- I will post reviews in the order I receive the requests and when time allows.
-I'm always happy to host interviews, guest posts, blog tours, and giveaways. Just ask!

-I sometimes accept review requests/beta reads for unpublished, but completed manuscripts. These beta reads will be given very rarely, but feel free to ask.

-I sometimes provide reviews for products and/or services, both book related and non-book related products/services. If you have a product/service you'd like me to review, please send me an email.


-I sometimes run contests or giveaways or may offer goodies to my followers. Please read the details for each giveaway carefully! I will clearly state which countries each giveaway is open to, how long the giveaway will run, and how to enter. Must be 13+ to enter giveaways. Winners will always be emailed and have 48 hours to claim prizes. If prizes are not claimed within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. I have the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason or cancel a giveaway at anytime. Prizes may take up to 6-8 weeks to be mailed.  Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen prizes in the mail and especially not responsible for any prizes being supplied or mailed directly from other sources!

-I brush my teeth at least twice a day and always have fresh undies on...but you didn't really need to know that.

WHAT I DON'T DO

-I do not bash books, authors, or fans.

-I do not accept money, bribes, favors, or even hugs for a guaranteed positive review.

-I do not guarantee a review at all. I will strive to read and review every ARC and published book I am sent. I will read ALL review proposals though, but I cannot guarantee that I will review your work.

-I do not claim to be associated with ANY publishers, editors, authors, fairies, wizards, or Book Gods. 

-I do not suck blood, transform into a hairy beast at the full moon, sprout a tale when I get wet, or comprehend the quadratic formula...you really did need to know those things.

GIVEAWAY POLICIES
Unless otherwise stated, the policies and rules for each giveaway are as follows:


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington D.C. who are 13 years old or older as of date of entry.
To enter, fill out the appropriate Rafflecopter form associated with each giveaway.
The start and end dates for each giveaway will be clearly stated and followed.
The specified amount of winners shall be selected in a random drawing.
Winners will be notified by email and must claim their prize within 48 hours. If a winner does not respond within 48 hours, then a new winner will be chosen.
Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen prizes in the mail. Once a prize is dropped off at the post office, it is no longer my responsibility and I will not compensate in anyway for prizes not delivered because of the USPS.
If a third-party (author, publisher, etc) is shipping a prize, once I provide the winner(s)' mailing information to them, the prize is no longer my responsibility. I will forward your mailing info to the proper people within 48 hours after getting it from you. If you have not received your prize from an author or publisher within 8 weeks, it is your responsibility to contact them further.
By participating in any giveaway, you agree to adhere to these rules. Any breaking of these rules by entrants will disqualify them from the giveaway and their entries will be deleted.

These rules will be posted, along with specific information regarding prizes; dates; and amount of winners, on each specific giveaway posts.


PRIVACY POLICY

Authors/Pubs: if I provide you with my personal information, it is ONLY to be used for the purpose of sending books, swag, prizes, etc and should NEVER be shared with anyone else but you.

Giveaway winners at Word Spelunking: please be assured that your mailing information is ONLY used for sending prizes your way and is only shared with the author or publisher responsible for providing your prize. Once your info is in the hands of the proper people, I erase it from my email. That is why, when you've won multiple giveaways from me, I always ask for your info again. I NEVER keep your info longer than needed.

Now see, that wasn't so bad was it, and the promised important information was all there, and I don't think I was too boring, and...oh who am I kidding? If you made it this far then you deserve a treat...I have no treats to give, so you're gonna have to find your own. But enjoy that treat with the joy and knowledge of knowing that I fully believe you deserve it.


If you wish for me to review any book please send an email to me, Aeicha, at wordspelunker@gmail.com with the book title, synopsis, format, and any necessary information. If you need to mail me a hard copy I will provide you with my address details. I would also love to feature interviews with any author whose book I review or feature giveaways. In your initial email, please indicate whether or not an interview and/or a giveaway is possible.