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Review Policy

I’m not a professional reviewer, although I do get paid a very small amount of money when someone purchases a product through one of my posts. I write reviews for the love of books, so that more people can make more informed decisions about the books they buy, and so that more people buy more books.

I also love to find and pass on deals on books so that they, like me, can buy more books! My reviews include not only posts on my website, but also promotions of those post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, where I have a following of about 2500 and potential reach of a million or so. I also post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

If you’re an author who would like your book reviewed on HeadOverTales, please read the FAQ’s below.

If you’re a publisher, agent, brand, or retailer, please email me at moesserjam(at)gmail(dot)com for a media kit. I am available for campaigns, sponsored content, and brand partnerships.

What do your reviews include?

My reviews usually include my informed opinion, thoughts, and feelings on the book (i.e., characters, plot, pacing, style, premise). I like to include a high-res picture of the cover and preferably of the author as well. I usually try not to disclose any spoilers.  I will post an honest review, which means that if there’s something I don’t like about the novel, I will mention it. If something about the story irritates me, I will mention it. I’ll mention anything that I liked or disliked but I won’t disparage your book. I understand how hard you’ve worked at it and I respect that. I am a writer working to get published, so I offer a unique, educated perspective on the books that I review. If your book has more than 30ish swear words, any sex scenes, or the kind of violence that’d be found in a rated-R movie, I’m not the best person to review it.
Sometimes, I like to provide “nutrition facts” about books: numbers relating to specific things like swear words, violence, sex, positive and negative themes, etc. I provide these details so that people can make more informed decisions about the books they might read, in the same way that the Nutrition Facts label on a food item at the grocery store is designed to help people make more informed decisions about the food they consume.

What are your preferred book genres?

I’m more likely to review your book and like it if it’s in one of my preferred genres, which are:
  • fantasy
  • sci-fi
  • speculative
  • paranormal
  • dystopian/apocalyptic
  • romance (no sex scenes or erotica)
  • some historical fiction
  • some non-fiction (biographies, self-help, and how-to)

How do you rate books?

I tend to rate books on a 1- to 10-star scale, with 10 stars being the best, because 5 stars, in my opinion, isn’t enough to adequately rate anything. Also, it’s easier for me to assign scores for individual characteristics of the book. If I’m going to be rating a book 2 stars or less, I probably won’t publish my review of it. Sometimes, I’m unable to finish because I really can’t connect with the writing or characters. For this reason and others, if you submit a review request, I cannot guarantee that it will appear here. I no longer accept requests for reviews of self-published books.

What’s your preferred format?

I prefer e-books but hardcopies are also appreciated. For e-books, my preferred medium of receiving them is through Netgalley or as a mobi.

How long will you take to publish your review?

Give me some time! I will try to read your book as soon as possible but I do have other commitments, including a day job as a book editor, other books I’ve committed to review, and other brands I’ve committed to working with. This means that I cannot promise you a date by which I will have posted my review. It will probably take at least a few weeks or months to get to it, but I will review it. I give priority to ARCs of books that I have personally requested. I will e-mail you the link to my review as soon as I post it.

Again, please note that when I accept a book to review, it does not guarantee that it will be reviewed. I try not to post negative reviews. If I really don’t like a book or can’t connect with its characters, I usually don’t post a review, unless I’m obligated to. If you want me to post the review regardless of whether it’s positive or negative, please let me know.

If you’re an author/publisher looking for someone to participate in a blog tour or host a giveaway, I would love to help! Click here to e-mail me regarding blog tours or giveaways.

If you’d like your book reviewed, please submit your request here.