Thanks for taking the time to visit and for considering me to review your book. I do, however, ask that you please keep in mind that book reviewing is not my job, nor I am not a professional reviewer. I read and review books simply because I love to read. The reviews here on my blog are strictly my opinion. Some of the books have been sent to me by either the publisher or the author for review, others are of my own choosing. I will always try to give an honest book review, and as thorough a review as possible (which does not include regurgitating the book blurb); but, if you are craving further information about the book, please leave a response with your email and I'll be glad to correspond with you.
I am opening up a new feature on my blog in January 2013. I will be accepting first
For Publishers and Authors:
that are self-published. I accept print or ebooks (mobi file) . I read on a Kindle and
therefore require a mobi file. I also WILL NOT accept any files that are not
saved as the title of the book. In other words, do not send me a file named
with numbers or dates. It must be the name of the book.
I enjoy reading memoir, non-fiction, romance, suspense, historical
romance/fiction, chick lit, contemporary romance, and sometimes
I DO NOT/WILL NOT review horror, erotica, science fiction,
paranormal, or YA, elementary or middle grade books, graphic, poetry
I recommend looking at my GoodReads.com Shelves (see the side bar)
and Shelfari for examples.
Authors, publicists, and publishers are welcome to pitch their books to me by
emailing me at mylife (dot) onestoryatatime@ gmail (dot) com. Please remember
that reviewing books is something I enjoy doing, but it is not my full-time work.
If I accept your book for review, I will try to get to it as soon as possible.
I also do not guarantee a positive review. What I do promise is an honest
review which will highlight the positive aspects of the book without neglecting
to mention any negative issues.
I am open to participating in blog tours and pub day media blitz.
I offer authors 3 promotional options in addition to reviews. These options are
available even if I do not accept the book for review. I reserve the right to refuse
any request without reason.
1. Announcements: I will post the book cover, summary, book trailer,
links to author/book, and other information the author/publicist/publisher
provides. When possible I include links to other reviews. I will only post
one (1) book announcement per week. Please contact me at your earliest
convenience to schedule a date.
2. Guest post: I love having authors write a blog post sharing insight
about themselves, books, and writing. A guest post may be offered as
part of a tour, pre-publication promotion, or at any other time. I will
only post one (1) guest post per week, so please contact me several weeks
in advance to schedule a date. Authors should keep in mind My Life. One
Story at a Time. is an open blog and content included in a guest post
should be suitable for all ages. If pictures are included, I expect the author
to have permission to use such photos and/or provide proper credit. I do
not do interviews, but can provide topic/question(s) for guest post.
3. Live events: I enjoy attending author events in my local area. If you
will be appearing in Southeast Louisiana, I will consider covering your
event on my blog.
reserve the right not to publish a review if I cannot complete the
entire book. This is, in fact, to the advantage of the author. If I can locate
a positive review, I will post a link to that site.
me with some of items)
-Author web presence (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc)
-Link to purchase on Amazon
- Synopsis (usually from the book or Author's page)
- My review
Where will your review be posted?
-My Life. One Story at a Time.
AND, your choice of:
-The Book Depository
-Barnes and Noble
What's my turn around time for review?
It varies, depending on the number of requests I receive and accept, but at this
particular moment, my time frame is approximately two-three months.
If there is a certain time period you would like your book featured, please
let me know and we can work out a promotion.
Donna at email@example.com (don't forget that dot
after mylife(.) In addition to reviews, I also offer guest post spots and
announcements/promos. If you are appearing in the Southern Louisiana
area, I will consider covering your event. Please see above for further
details on the promotional opportunities I offer.
PLEASE remember when contacting me to include the cover art (jpeg), author
photo (jpeg) and bio, synopsis, publication date and a link to where I can read
more about the book (goodreads/amazon), rather than just LINKS to them.
The extra minute or two that this requires is greatly appreciated.
Also, please keep in mind that if you send an email copy of your book along
with the request, do not assume that I will automatically review your book. I will
evaluate each book and accept them at my own discretion, bearing in mind
whether it will be a good fit for my blog and something I think I will enjoy reading.
You can follow me on Twitter (@MyBookofStories) where I tweet about
what I'm reading and just about anything else that comes to mind.
ARC or printed books given to me. I will, however, pass them on to my
family, friends, or use them for blog giveaways.