The policies below are followed by me or applicable to your activity on The Trusty Bookmark. If you use or participate on this site, you agree to these rules. I reserve the right to update these rules at any time and without notice.
Book Review Policy
I will always state my honest opinion in a book review. I respect the amount of time and dedication it takes to write a book, so this will never be a personal attack on the writer. However, I strictly adhere to my rating scale below, and will not post a 5-star review if I find plot holes distracting or cannot empathize with the MC. I do try to find good aspects in every book I read and will rave about the great ones!
To my readers: please assume I either bought or borrowed every book reviewed unless otherwise noted. I will specify in my review when I have received a free review copy from an author, publisher, or third-party marketer (per FTC requirements), but this will never affect my review’s rating or content.
My Rating Scale
1 Star: Ugh. Unfortunate use of time.
2 Star: Meh. Wouldn’t read again.
3 Star: Liked. Worth reading.
4 Star: Really Liked. Would read again.
5 Star: Loved. Everyone should read. Repeatedly.
I most frequently review the following genres: Fantasy (and all subgenres), Science Fiction, Romance / Chick Lit, General Fiction, and Nonfiction (of the Business Management, Productivity, and Memoir types). If your book falls outside these genres, please feel free to send a quick email and I will consider these books on a case-by-case basis.
I will not review horror, thriller, or extreme violence.
Format & Submissions
When submitting a review request, please contact my Services email and include the following information:
- Publisher (if applicable)
- Publication Date
- Short Synopsis
- Series Length (if applicable)
I prefer physical books, but will accept both paper and ebook formats. A mailing address will be provided upon request.
I reserve the right to reject a review request, but will provide a reason for doing so.
If you need my review posted by or on a specific date, please include this in your initial submission so I can confirm this is possible. While I make every effort to meet expectations, if I cannot meet an agreed upon deadline or complete the review for any reason, I will let you know.
I will not provide a copy of the review prior to its posting; my readers expect an honest opinion.
I will post my review on this site, Goodreads, Amazon, and TTB’s various social media sites (@trustybookmark). If you would like to request an additional location, please include this in your submission.