Review Policy

Wow! 50 requests within the first week of opening for requests in February. I’m so pleased and humbled by such interest in my two cents but I’ve got to close the gates again until further notice to work through them. Will update here again soon!

If you are an author and would like to have me review a self-published book, please read these guidelines below to make sure it’s a match for this blog. I appreciate the interest in having your book reviewed on Amid the Imaginary!

  • Only self-published works
  • Genres considered for review: Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopian, Steam Punk
  • Any length of work is accepted, eg. Novel, novelette or short story

A few things you can expect:

  • I will read the book cover to cover
  • A straight forward, but tactful, opinion of the work and a rating between one and five stars (five being the highest rating)
  • It may take some time to read the book depending on if I’m already reading another’s, but I will give an estimation of when you can expect to see the review.
  • I will post the review to the blog, Facebook and, upon request, to the book’s Amazon page as well.

Please send your request to me via e-mail at:

Please include the genre, length of the work, a summary or blurb of the story and a copy of the book cover (Please attach this in the e-mail. It will be used to publish with the review). I accept PDF, Word and ereader formats (has to be Kindle compatible format). I do not accept physical copies as I don’t give out my address.

One final note: I do not accept payment for any book review to protect the integrity of the book reviews posted here.


16 thoughts on “Review Policy”

  1. I will be sending you email with info on my book “The Raven Watched” published in October 2014 by Create Space. 412 pages. Softcover and Kindle. Love your website and hope you will be interested in reading my book.

    Karin E Weiss



  2. Tom Julian said:

    Hi – do you review books published by Indie publishers?


  3. roberteggleton said:

    Hi Anela,

    I realize that it is likely that you already have many more review requests than you could possibly consider. Nevertheless, I’m writing to request that you consider expansion of your mission to include reviews requested by traditional small presses. In support of my request for consideration, please consider that most small presses have already gone defunct, and that the ones which are left are struggling. Expansion would not likely increase the number of queries that your receive. And, it it would, it is likely that these submission would be members of a group of self-published authors who established a “press” for perceived but unlikely promotional advantage. These authors would already qualify for submissions to you.

    There’s one most significance difference between a traditional small press publication and one that is self-published — money. Self-published authors have the finances to publish, and those who don’t have the money typically do not have their stories published because it costs too much. Those of us fortunate to interest a small press in our work avoid upfront costs. Otherwise, everything else is the same, especially notable is self-promotion.

    Personally, my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, would have never been published had it not captured the interest of Dog Horn Publishing. I did not have the money to self publish. I have been 99.9% responsible for its promotion as the press, nor any other small press that I know of, has an advertising budget, or for any other costs. Most utilize volunteer staff, as do some of the most credible major review organizations, such as the Los Angeles Review of Books.

    Please reconsider and amend your policy to accept small press publications. Other organizations accept small press and indie as the same type of publication. For example, my novel earned a Gold Medal from Awesome Indies which would have not been possible had restrictive submission policies been in place. In my opinion, all persons concerned with the future of literature should rally around small presses as our best hope of the preventing the ongoing adverse effects on society resultant from conglomerate publishing.

    Thanks for your consideration.

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    • Wild Blue said:

      “Self-published authors have the finances to publish, and those who don’t have the money typically do not have their stories published because it costs too much.”

      I’m self published and it didn’t cost me a dime to do so. It cost me money on failed marketing endeavors, however, but not to self-publish.

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  4. So glad I found your site! By the way, the picture at the top of the page is absolutely gorgeous.


  5. Oh, I can’t wait for you to open the gates again. I have a sci-fi romance coming up in October this year
    Would you be interested, assuming that the reviewing gates are open by then?
    I would then send you the e-mail with all required details, of course ; )

    You have a great website and awesome reviews!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hi there, I’m glad you like the reviews:) I’ve been on the look out for sci-fi romance (er, recently discovered it as a genre). Might be a little while yet before I’m open to reviews as I’m still working through my pile. Send me an email around your release date and I’ll put up a book launch post for you.

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  7. Hello there,
    I know that your gates are closed, but I sent you my book for whenever you are ready, so absolutely no rush. It sounds like you have so much to read already!
    Stella 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Just out of curiosity, is your review window open again? I’m doing rounds in goodreads group and the like to try and get reviews for my first novel, Seeds of Hatred, and I’d like to submit it to you. I’m not on any time frame so if the book looks interesting to you, it’d be my pleasure to send it over whenever you’d be ready for it 🙂


  9. John Orsbun said:

    I’m fuzzy-minded, maybe just plain old I guess, but I don’t understand how/where to actually send you a (free) copy of my Kindle book for review.


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