My New LGBTQ+ Book Blogger Status 🌈: How to Request a Review
Scroll to the bottom to skip my errant ramblings and get straight to the review request form! 😘💕
Hello, my lovelies! For those of you who haven’t heard, I thought I’d make a bit of an “official” announcement. I’m transitioning my blog—which had been a combination of writerly advice and recommendations paired with romance-focused book reviews—to one primarily focused on LGBTQ+ fiction novel reviews of any genre, heat level, and/or age category (save for children’s and middle grade, as I struggle even with YA at times, so can’t commit to reading and reviewing for something so far out of my personal comfort level as a reader).
That being said, I thought it would be helpful if I provided a place for my LGBTQ+ writers and allies with LGBTQ+ characters to submit review requests. I also feel it’ll go a long way toward keeping me organized and assuring I can get my weekly reviews posted on time and without complication.
I apologize in advance if the things I request seem a bit much, but here’s where I’m at. I do not believe in giving reviews below a 3.5/5 stars (and really, prefer 4 or above). My goal is to uplift my fellow writers, not tear them down and destroy their writerly souls. However, as I’m hoping you all understand, not everything is for everyone. There are going to be reads I can’t honestly give a high enough rating to make me comfortable reviewing it. Not because I’m hateful, but because I might not personally click with a particular writing style, character, or story line. There is zero offense meant by it, but I also wish to uphold my readers’ faith in my reviews. I want them to know if I give it a review with a high rating, I’m not blowing smoke. It is deserving of such a commendation, ergo, it is deserving of their time, as well.
In my humble opinion only, of course.
Because the requests for review slots have been stacking up on me, and I’m pushing people out months and months despite moving from bi-weekly to weekly review availability, I’ve decided to do a bit of legwork (on both our ends) from the get-go. I’d also like to try and avoid last minute “drop-outs” because I have to contact an author and (with much regret in my heart) tell them I can’t review their book baby for personal reasons. This puts a hiccup into things, and also takes a possible review slot from someone I might have connected better with.
So, here goes. I’m implementing a review application, of sorts. Just to be sure we’re a good fit to hopefully avoid any down-the-road issues. 💕😘
TL; DR Version
I’m asking anyone who’s interested in a review to please fill out the following review request form so we can be sure we’re a good fit. I aim to provide quality, honest, and high-rated reviews only. Anything I can’t connect with for any reason will, unfortunately, not be added to my schedule. For your benefit and mine! ❤