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Review Policy

Jack Messenger review policy

I love to read great fiction and I enjoy writing reviews. I always try to be fair and positive, and offer constructive criticism where appropriate. However, my reviews are reviews, not sales promotions, so, when necessary, I will discuss weaknesses in a book. If there is something I really don’t like, or if I find some other problem that prevents me from giving a balanced review, I’ll email the author before going further.

I tend not to post negative reviews as widely as positive ones. Needless to say, I do not charge for a review.

Please note I only review:

  • Literary/contemporary fiction (i.e. work that does not fit a distinct genre or else transforms genre in some way)
  • I can sometimes be persuaded to read biography, memoir, history and serious non-fiction, but I am not interested in poetry or work with a religious agenda.

Requests from independent authors and small presses are especially welcome, and ebooks are fine. I receive a lot of requests for reviews, so I do not reply to those who, in my judgement, have clearly not read this review policy and submitted something inappropriate.

Send me an email at jackmessenger39[at]gmail[dot]com or complete the contact form below and tell me the title and word-count of your book for review, plus a link to wherever it is available. If you have a summary of your book, with characters’ names, that you can send me, all the better. I’ll contact you once I’ve looked at the link and let you know if I can or cannot provide a review. If I can, then I shall ask you to send me a mobi file or pdf or anything else I can read on Kindle or iBooks. I’m usually a fast reader, so turnaround times should be quite short, but I will provide an estimate of the time it will take and tell you if that changes.

I can post a review on this blog and anywhere else, depending on the nature of the work under review. I usually post on the Compulsive Reader, Goodreads, BookBub, Scriggler and Amazon, plus all the usual social media suspects. I also post on LibraryThing and the Book Review Directory, and the Midwest Book Review accepts my reviews. In addition, all posts, including reviews, go automatically to the curated site, Bloglovin’, and links to my reviews appear on Indie View.

I look forward to hearing from you and reading some wonderful work!

Other great review sites

www.mcneilsreviews.com:  reviews non-fiction

www.compulsivereader.com: focused on literary fiction and poetry

www.vulpeslibris.wordpress.com: literary fiction

www.genuinejenn.com: all kinds of book reviews

The Bandwagon: books and feminism

www.theindieview.com: lists reviewers for independent authors

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Disclosure Policy

This disclosure policy is valid from 22 January 2018

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact me.

I write for my own purposes. However, I may be influenced by my background, occupation or experience. With the exception of three affiliate links to retailers via ‘Buy Book’ buttons at the end of reviews, this blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship or paid insertions.

The owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owner’s. If I claim or appear to be expert on a certain topic or product or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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  1. Thanks for listing me 🙂 I’m flattered and honoured.

  2. So great to see a book review blog that specifies contemporary and literary fiction. Not too many out there :-D.

    Tam May

  3. Kevin G. Chapman

    March 12, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for running a blog for contemporary fiction. Much needed and much appreciated.

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