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TIBC Review Policy

Yesterday evening fellow author and book blogger, TJ Fox approached me about a list he is creating of book bloggers currently accepting books by indie authors.

In order to make it clear which books I will accept, I present my Review Policy:

Absolutely will accept: Middle-Grade books (9-12), Chapter books (7-9)

Probably will accept: Picture books

Might accept: Young Adult books (12+)

Currently not accepting: Adult books

Please send me a message either through my contact page or through any of my social media accounts with the details of your book. I will check it and decide whether I am interested in reviewing.

I will aim to turn around a read/review in about 7 days of ACCEPTING your book. If you haven’t heard from me after 7 days, then feel free to nudge me

The dilemma of the indie book writer v reviewer…

I realise that I have been a little quiet for the last week or so and for that I apologise. It had been my intention to publish at least one blog post a week and I haven’t been entirely successful in this. For that, I apologise.

So why have I felt unable to post?

The answer lies in my blog addition of book reviews. I am thrilled with the positive response that TIBC has had. Lots of people have been keen for me to review their books and I have been happily reading some excellent ones. My dilemma rises from when the books are not excellent but could have been had they been subjected to rigorous editing and PROOFREADING!

Publishing a book takes time. It takes money too, but if you are on a tight budget paying for a proof-reader can seem an unnecessary expense. I get that. I didn’t pay to have my book proof-read, but I am very lucky to be surrounded by people who I could rely on to read my book and point out where there was a glaring missing full stop or speech mark. Leaving them aside however, I read and reread my book almost 100 times in the last 3 months or so, checking and rechecking the basics to ensure that I wasn’t submitting something with glaring errors.

I adore reading but I cannot read a book which is littered with errors, leaving aside any problems with the plot itself. In addition, as a reviewer of books for children, on a blog which is aimed at parents and children who want to read my books above all else, I am not going to be promoting books which in my view are unfinished. That is certainly not the self-promotion I want.

Self or indie publishing (whichever way you want to phrase it) is incredibly easy to do and monstrously difficult to succeed at. We are seen as the rejects who couldn’t get book deals and the perception is our books are littered with errors and lacking in cohesive plot or believable characters. These are unfair sweeping statements that hinder the indie author before they have even published their book. I’m guilty of it too, before I started this process, I looked down on self-publishing and would avoid purchasing books from indie authors because of my bias towards them. I now know how passionate, talented and dedicated to their craft many indie authors are. I have read some brilliant self published works which any sensible agent/publisher should jump on. Given all this, it is depressing and frustrating to read a book which matches the stereotype and fails to meet my expectations.

My dilemma then has very much been how to address this. I am not going to write a public review but I also recognise that despite my frustration, I cannot leave a fellow author without any kind of feedback. My response was to respond in email with apologies and explanation as to why it wouldn’t be appearing here. I’m not sure what else I could do?

It is the first time but I’m sure won’t be the last.

Please comment down below,

Are you a book blogger? What do you do when faced with this situation? Do you think I did the right thing? How do we tackle this bias against self-publishing?

If this rant got you intrigued, you can find my book…here!

If you want to read a review of an excellently written and proof-read indie book for children, TIBC #1: Trouble with Parsnips, Laurel Decher

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Introducing The Indie Book Collective – AKA Book Reviews

As a writer, it is important to read. Through reading, we can experience new styles, explore different genres, learn new things and generally revel in the world of books which we are a part of.

I am a true believer in supporting fellow writers and as my own books will be self-published, I want to support my fellow indie writers…

…hence The Indie Book Collective

I have reached out, in some of my social media groups, to indie writers and offered to read and review their work.

Any indie writer reading this, is welcome to contact me with details of their book.

Please note, I will ONLY accept books suitable for children. My preference is middle grade, as that is the age range of my own writing, but I will happily read chapter books and will consider picture books.

I will also look at Young Adult books, but my reviewing them will be based on the content/appropriateness for my website.