Review Policy

From 2008 until 2014, I edited an online review of books called Gently Read Literature. Its focus was presenting reviews of contemporary poetry and literary fiction. 

Since ending that project and becoming a self-published author, I’ve realized just how difficult it is for indie writers to get their work noticed. Reviews matter more when you’re an indie author or genre writer. Because of this, I’ve decided to open my site up to featuring reviews of indie and genre authors. 

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If you would like to submit your book for review, email me (gentlyreadlit@gmail.com). Include whatever promo materials, links, or images you’d like to have in the review alongside a digital copy of the book (PDF or Mobi).

I write reviews of at least 500 words for a flat fee of $50 that is non-refundable.

Payment can be sent via Paypal to: gentlyreadlit@gmail.com

You can use PayPal.Me: paypal.me/misanthropester

No review will be posted until payment is received.

All reviews are honest appraisals

Rating System

♦◊◊◊◊–1 Star: Poorly conceived and written, not worth anyone’s time

♦♦◊◊◊–2 Stars: Limited audience, mediocre writing

♦♦♦◊◊–3 Stars: Solid writing, decent ideas and execution, genre appropriate

♦♦♦♦◊–4 Stars: Good writing, engaging ideas and execution

♦♦♦♦♦–5 Stars: Superb writing, excellent ideas and execution, appealing to all audiences

42 thoughts on “Review Policy

  1. Was referred by the author of My Swan Lake Life. Why is your name not posted anywhere, first question, and second question, prior to publishing a review, do you let the author know how many stars you’ve given? Third question, where might a review appear other than on this website? Fourth question, difference between commissioned and non-commissioned is what? I have written the biography of my still-living husband, and it was published in July, 2019. All who have chosen to comment have been positive. It is being sold on Amazon and B&N. Do you review biographies? I look forward to your response. Thank you. ~ Beverly Higginson

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