Review Policy

Because our reading time is limited and we have a large number of books on our TBR lists, we do not accept many review copies, but we do welcome inquiries from authors and publishers. If you have a book you’d like us to consider reviewing, please feel free to contact either or both of us.

We consider all requests to review books or participate in author tours on a case-by-case basis. Our decisions are based on our specific reading interests, our familiarity with the author or title, and the time we have available. We are generally not interested in author interviews or publisher-sponsored giveaways. Please be aware that we receive many queries each week and therefore cannot take the time to respond to each one. Acceptance of a review copy is not a promise to review it, although we will make every effort to read and review each book we accept.

Our reviews reflect our honest opinions, and we do post negative reviews as well as our thoughts on books we have not finished. (If we did not finish a book, we will disclose that fact in our post.) All galleys, advance copies, and finished copies that we receive from publishers, publicists, or authors are tagged as “Review Copies.”

Our reading interests include a variety of genres and styles. The best way to see if your book is a good fit for us is to take a look at our past reviews; however, here are a few general guidelines.

Teresa’s Reading Interests: My primary interests are literary and classic fiction, which may include speculative fiction, mysteries, graphic novels, and historical fiction of a literary bent. Reprints of classic novels and works in translation are especially welcome! In past years, I’ve attempted to read the entire Booker Prize long list, which may give you an idea of the sort of contemporary fiction I enjoy. I also enjoy nonfiction, particularly in the areas of literary biography and memoir, Christian theology, and history (especially British history and social/cultural history).

I am not interested in inspirational titles, self-help books, how-to books, cookbooks, business books, political books, picture books and early readers, and erotica. I have Sony e-reader and am happy to consider electronic galleys or e-books in the Epub format. I am highly unlikely to accept self-published books for review.

Jenny’s Reading Interests: Like Teresa, I primarily read literary and classic fiction, which includes speculative fiction, mysteries, thrillers, young adult fiction, graphic novels, and historical fiction — the more literary, the better. I am trying to diversify my reading, so novels from authors of color or other underrepresented groups are especially welcome. I also read nonfiction, including history, travel and exploration narratives, memoirs and biographies (especially of literary figures), and some popular science writing.

I am not interested in inspirational titles, self-help books, how-to books, diet books, cookbooks, business books, political books, or young children’s literature (except reprints of classics.) I do not have an e-reader, so I do not accept electronic galleys or e-books. I am also highly unlikely to accept self-published books for review.

Thanks for your interest in Shelf Love, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Contact Jenny at jbrown14464 at yahoo dot com

Contact Teresa at shelfloveteresa at gmail dot com

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