Now Reviewing Books

I’ve often thought about doing book reviews. I read two or three books per week on my own and leave reviews for these authors at Amazon, Goodreads, and sometimes on my blog. So why not offer to review books for others? Great way to get some free reading material, right? 🙂

I’m not a big outfit…just me and occasionally my husband…so I don’t have a scoring system (yet) or any of the fancy pages other reviewers have. I’d like to some day, but we’ll get there.

So here goes…
We are happy to review books from all authors (self-published, indie, traditional). Our reviews go on Amazon, Goodreads, and various blogs. If you would like your review posted elsewhere, let us know.

If we find significant issues with your book that would lead to a very negative review, we will discuss those points with you before publishing our review, as we believe all authors should have the chance to benefit from the insights of their readers without being forever penalized by a negative review.

UPDATE 10/5/12: I realize I need to narrow the field a bit as I am getting so many requests for reviews!  Below are the genres and formats that I prefer.

What does a Book Review cost? Nothing to you, unless you need to ‘gift’ the book to me on Amazon. I don’t pay for books that I review, so please don’t just send me links to your book and expect me to buy it and review it.

GENRES: Memoir, young adult, historical fiction, dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction, ghost type stories (think Lovely Bones) and most science fiction.

For now, I am not reviewing political thrillers, westerns, romances, or non-fiction. I NEVER review books containing erotica, satanism, or major violence. This is not because I think adversely about those genres; they are just not the types of books I enjoy reading.

Unpublished works: I am happy to offer you a review of your unpublished work IF it is completed. If it needs editing or major work, I will email you and let you know that I’ll be happy to review when you have completed editing it. If you need help with editing, I do offer that service for a fee.

FORMATS: I prefer a free download from Amazon or a pdf doc that I can download to my Kindle.

Please email Karen at kazsilvestri@yahoo.com if you would like your book reviewed.

Currently Reading

Again in a Heartbeat, a memoir of love, loss and dating again [Kindle Edition] Susan G. Weidener

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About Karen Y. Hamilton

Karen leads workshops in Creative Writing, Poetry and Journal Therapy, and Memoir Writing. She has studied genealogy and personal histories since 1987, lecturing and leading workshops on Memoir Writing and Journaling to the community since 1998. Karen holds a BA in English and has studied Literature, Business, and Education at the graduate level. She is a former college instructor of English Composition and Reading. In the past, Karen has worked as a high school & middle school teacher. She currently works as a Curriculum Specialist and is an MFA Creative Writing student at Florida Atlantic University.
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12 Responses to Now Reviewing Books

  1. Hi Karen:
    I have 2 traditional action-political suspense novels that I have released this year and they are on Amazon Kindle. The first is “Cleansing The Sins” and the second is the award winning “Revolution II”. The first is $2.99 and the second is $5.99. I would be happy to send you a check if you woulld review them for me. You can check me on Google or Amazon. I really need the exposure. Thanks,
    Sandy Prindle

  2. No problem, Sandy. If you email me at kazsilvestri@yahoo.com, we can discuss it further. 🙂

  3. metudor says:

    Kaz, I have a young adult lesbian romance I would like for you to review. It doesn’t have a lot of sex or anything like that. It’s told from the main character, Jaime Edwards’ point of a view about a young woman discovering she has a crush on another girl and what happens from there. You can read the synopsis and an excerpt at my website: http://www.metudor.com. If you are interested in doing the review please email me at mxtudor08@gmail.com. The first printed copy of the book was majorly messed up but my publisher is supposed to be getting that fixed. I do have a PDF of the book that I can send you if you are interested. Thanks. M.E.

    • Hi M.E., I’d be happy to review your book. I have five ahead of you, but you can send it along to me as a pdf or Word doc that I can download to my Kindle. I’ll let you know when I’ve reviewed it. Can you tell me where you would like the review posted (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.)?

      Karen

  4. I can send you PDF of my published books. I write in the Women’s Fiction genre with some suspense thrown in. You can pm me when you’re ready and I’ll send them.

  5. Hi Karen, Glad I found your site. I have just completed a short story, and in the process of adding the final touches on the other one. Do you review manuscripts, or only books? I will await your response. Blessings.

  6. D.A. Swem says:

    Hello Karen, I sent you coupon codes and links for our books on smashwords.com a gift from Steve and I. Hope you enjoy them when you have time to read them. The Demesne series is on Amazon.com as well. A review on either or both would be great. Do you know about shelfari.com ?

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