Review Policy

I am open to working with various authors, publishers, publicists, and literary agencies - reading and reviewing ARC's and backlist titles. I would love to hear about your book as well. 



What I do/don't accept:


  • I focus mainly on independent/small press and self published literary fiction.
  • My preferred format is printed/bound books, though I have reluctantly moved into the digital age and accept ebooks for review (PDF and .mobi).
  • I also accept audiobooks - most especially for books published by the Big 5 (I save all my reading attention for the small press, but I'm happy to lend my ears to the big guys).
  • I prefer Literary Fiction and Bizarro, and I occasionally find some genre literature intriguing (for the love of all things literary, please... NO PITCHES for non-fiction; YA; historical fiction; thrillers of any kind - especially crime, war, or legal; cozy mysteries; romance; or any combination thereof).


My acceptance of your book does not guarantee a review. It simply means I am agreeing to consider it for review. The order in which I review books, when I do review them, is at my discretion.




How I review, when I review:

I write honest reviews that are given a star-scale rating. I try to keep the audience in mind when rating a novel, so even though the book may not be best for a reader who is unfamiliar with that particular genre, I may still recommend it to readers who enjoy its specific subject matter.


The ratings are as follows:
1 Star - Would not Recommend
2 Stars - Recommended Lightly / Not suitable for...
3 Stars - Recommended to readers familiar with author and genre
4 Stars - Strongly recommended
5 Stars - Highly recommended / The Next Best Book


I do not require my review contributors to use this rating system.


Due to the overwhelming amount of review copies that I have, I am turning away most pitches at this time. Those I that do accept are still not guaranteed reviews.

Because of the sheer number of pitches I receive, I make no promises to respond to all of them. If I am interested in discussing your novel further, rest assured, I'll be in touch.



How you'll know I've reviewed, when I review:

I confirm receipt of all books via email/twitter. I will also contact you when I begin reading the novel, and link you to the review once it is posted. When I do review, I post them here on the blog, as well as on goodreads. I may also post the link to the review on The Next Best Book Club (TNBBC) group page, TNBBC Twitter page and TNBBC Facebook group page.




Labor of Love, baby...

I do not receive any compensation for my reviews, and the reviews I write reflect my own personal experience with and opinions of those books. Same goes for our review contributors.




In Lieu of a review, at my discretion:

I may offer to invite the author or publishing company to participate in one of the blogs features or series upon/in place of reading the novel, and will post links to the feature or series on the above-mentioned web pages. I also host Author/Reader Discussion giveaway, and have had great success in the past with group read giveaways, where members can chat with the author during the month they are required to read the books. 




I look forward to working with you, and becoming a part of the book promotional process!
To contact me please send an email to mescorn@ptd.net