Review Policy

The Deliberate Reader accepts fiction and nonfiction submissions for review from authors, publicists, or publishers.

Please keep in mind:

  • I accept books in print or e-book (Kindle) format.
  • I generally do not participate in blog tours.
  • If you are submitting an ARC or other pre-publication book, I can typically coordinate publishing the review to correspond to the release date, if given enough lead time.
  • I reserve the right to decline your review request for any reason, and I do not guarantee a review of every book sent to me. I realize that a book may simply be a bad fit for me, and I generally prefer not to review it at all rather than write a negative review.
  • I am completely honest in my reviews, so I prefer to decline review requests if I do not think I will enjoy the book.
  • I love nonfiction, so even if your book isn’t listed in the types accepted, if it’s well-written, I may be very interested.
  • If you have any questions on whether or not I’m interested in your book, please ask!
  • The reviews shared on this site are the opinion of the reviewer, and they are the property of this site and can only be used with the permission of the reviewer.
  • I do not accept self-published books.
  • If the book has cancer as one of the themes or topics, I will not accept it.

Reviews may include:

  • Cover image
  • Link to author’s website
  • Book metadata
  • Synopsis
  • Personal rating on a 5-point scale
  • Cross-promotion on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and/or Pinterest.
  • Affiliate links to purchase the book at Amazon and/or other sites.
  • An abbreviated review posted on Goodreads, and a commercial website such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Christian Books.

Fiction Genres Accepted:

  • Children’s (board, picture, short chapter books, middle grade books)
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Mystery
  • Young Adult (Historical)

Fiction Genres Typically Not Accepted:

  • Chick-Lit
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Literary Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Suspense
  • Westerns
  • Thrillers

Fiction Genres Never Accepted:

  • Comic Books
  • Erotica
  • Graphic Novels
  • Horror
  • Manga

Nonfiction Generally Accepted:

  • Biography/Memoir
  • Christian Living/Growth
  • Cookbooks
  • History
  • Organization/Productivity
  • Parenting
  • Self-Help
  • Travel

Nonfiction Typically Not Accepted:

  • Art
  • Celebrity Biographies
  • Military History
  • Poetry
  • Politics
  • Religious/Spirituality Books (other than from Christian perspective)
  • Science (unless written for lay readers)
  • Social Science
  • Technology (unless written for lay readers)
  • Women’s Studies

Please contact me using the form below or you can email me directly at sheila (at) deliberatereader (dot) com. Include Review Request in the email subject line.

What to Include in Your Review Request:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Release date
  • Synopsis
  • Page count
  • Age range of the intended audience (for children’s/young adult books)
  • Website associated with the book or author
  • Your contact name (and role)
  • Expected time frame when you would like the review to be posted (if applicable)

I look forward to hearing from you!