Review Guidelines

Unfortunately, due to the volume of free review requests, I need to stop taking in submissions at this time. I will be continuing to read and post reviews as I can, so stay with me! As soon as I get my list smaller, I will open submissions back up again.

Please feel free to head on over to The Indie View reviewer list. There may be other reviewers still accepting submissions!

Let me know if anyone is interested in sending ARC copies of their books. Or even just a true paper copy. If there’s enough interest, I will get a special PO Box just for that. Contact me at adropofinkreviews at gmail dot com and let me know!

While I am currently not accepting open submissions, I’m working with a new indie bookstore to help find some of the best indie authors out there. Head out to my Facebook page and see what’s happening. I will temporarily open up submissions for about a week a month looking for specific genres to showcase in the bookstore’s newsletter.

  1. I will not review LGBT literature. Sorry if this offends anyone, but that’s how it is.
  2. I prefer not to be reading along and come across any gratuitous scenes that are not necessary to the story line. You know the ones I mean. I will accept “fade to black” type scenes, but please nothing explicit.
  3. Please no erotic fiction. I want this blog to be open to anyone and that includes children. Call me a prude if you like, I don’t mind.
  4. Do not be afraid to have me review a YA book. I quite enjoy them.
  5. Feel free to send in any genre you like. While partial to fantasy, I’m swimming in them! I need different genres!
  6. I hate to do this, but no fan fiction. You can email me and ask if I’d be interested in reading it, but I tend to shy away from it. Just an upfront warning.
  7. ALL reviews are my own opinion. I am only one reader among millions. What interests me may not interest another reader and that’s exactly how it should be. I do my best to showcase your book in the best light possible, so even if my own personal opinion isn’t the best, it could very well intrigue others.
  8. I will post my review here, on Amazon, and Goodreads. If it’s on Barnes and Noble, I also post the review there and include the link on my blog. If your book is on any other service, let me know! I’ll be more than happy to put the review there. I also tweet out the release of my new reviews to my followers.
  9. Fiction ONLY! Sorry, but I can’t seem to read non-fiction to save my life.
  10. If you cannot handle the possibility of a negative review, do me a favor. Do NOT ask me to review your book. If you disagree with my review, fine, but I will NOT be taking down any reviews I make public.


17 responses to “Review Guidelines

  1. Andrew Jonathan Fine

    I have a book I am unsure of submitting to you. It is YA/NA Speculative Fiction, but I generally recommend only 16 years and up read it, as it concerns first love and the ensuing intimacy but most everything is depicted indirectly. Would you consider this to be disqualifying? Thanks.

  2. Would you consider reviewing my collection of short stories, “The Suspect And Other Tales” which is available in the Amazon Kindle store? Many of the stories are in the crime genre and contain an unexpected twist in the tale. Thank you. Kevin

    • E.J. Roberts

      That sounds like an excellent collection of short stories, Kevin. Go ahead and email me a copy and I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

  3. Victoria

    Hi there! I was excited to read your review of Mina Cortez. Jeffrey is a great guy! I have a YA Fantasy if you’d care to review it, but I had trouble trying to email you via that link. I was wondering if you could email me instead? I’m sorry for the trouble!

    • E.J. Roberts

      Thank you so much. Jeffrey seems to be great, I chat with him a lot on Facebook. 😀 And I’m always up for reviewing more YA novels. What if I put the actual email without a link, would that help? If I click on a mail to link on a website, it will open up a program on my computer I don’t even use. So I have to copy and paste the info into the program I actually DO use and is set up. 🙂

  4. Hi! Do you also review novellas? I’ve recently published on Amazon my first novella in a series of five. It is a dark fairy tale with lots of twists. And yes, it’s YA Fantasy.



    • E.J. Roberts

      Sure! Though they still enter the book list and it takes me awhile to get to them. If I remember correctly, I have an epic fantasy in the list somewhere that will take awhile to get through. But I’m happy to do so.

    • E.J. Roberts

      No. Most authors request the review first and then wait to see if it’s something I’m interested in taking on. I have only turned down like 2 requests though. Also, if it’s available via KU, I prefer to do that.

    • E.J. Roberts

      Mathew, I’m still reviewing, but got sidetracked by life in general. I’m now working through my backlog and trying to get caught up. My list is currently around 60 books, so it will still be awhile.

  5. Hello Mr. Roberts,
    I have a published epic fantasy saga which I like to send to you. It already has several 5 stars review and an excellent YouTube one.
    It is rather unusual in many ways and the circumstances that enveloped its birth are also peculiar.
    Are you still open for reviews?’
    Note: Sorry for not having website as an author as I am actually an engineer.

    • E.J. Roberts

      Unfortunately, I’m closed for submissions at this time. I do hope to get on top of my list later this year. Keep your eyes open. I will announce it and will hold it open for 20 books. There will be new requirements at that time as well. I hope to see your book in the future.

      EJ Roberts

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