Review Policy

Jack Messenger

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. 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 and serious non-fiction, but I am not interested in poetry or work with a religious agenda.

Send me an email at 39steps[at]carlotta[dot]org[dot]uk 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, Scriggler and Amazon (automated criteria permitting).

I’d appreciate it if you could take the time to share a few of my blog posts on Twitter, Facebook, etc. where possible, and Like some of my reviews on Goodreads.

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

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

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