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, video games, and movies. I started this blog because I was reading so many books that I was having a hard time keeping track of the details about each book in my brain, and why I liked or disliked it. So, of course, I reviewed books on Amazon and Goodreads (and still do) but needed a place where I could post more in-depth commentary and hopefully spark more in-depth conversation with others about particular books. I now also review video games and movies, particularly of those in the science fiction and fantasy genres, providing perspective on them from a gamer’s perspective as well as a mother’s. I strive to provide, as often and as accurately as possible, “nutrition facts:” counts of swear words, sex scenes, positive and negative relationships and themes; this is so that people of all persuasions can hopefully make more-informed decisions about the books they’d like to read.

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.

What are your preferred 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 and how-to’s)

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.
I post links to my reviews on my Facebook and Twitter pages, Google+ account, Pinterest and Instagram boards, as well as on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley, which is specifically for book publishers and bloggers.

How do you rate books?

I rate books on a 1 to 10 star scale, with 10 stars being the best, because it’s easier for me to assign scores for individual characteristics of the book. So, I assign one to two stars in each of these five categories:
  • premise
  • plot
  • pacing
  • characterization
  • style

If I’m going to be rating your book three stars or less, I probably won’t publish my review of it. Sometimes, I’m unable to finish a book if I really can’t connect with the writing or characters. For this reason and others, if you submit a request for me to review your book, I cannot guarantee that it will appear here. I no longer accept requests for reviews of self-published books.

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 of my book?

Give me some time to review your book. I will try to finish it as soon as possible but I do have other commitments, including other books I’ve committed to review. This means that I cannot promise you a date by which I will have read or reviewed your book. It may take a few days, weeks, or months to get to it (although this is very rare). I give priority to ARCs and books that I have personally requested. I will e-mail you the link to my review as soon as I post it.

Please note that when I accept a novel to review, it does not guarantee that the novel will be read or 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 send you 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.