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Dear Author,

It has taken you a lot of blood, sweat, elbow grease, tears, paper, ink, paper cuts and empty coffee cups to finish your book. Now, you’re looking for someone to read your latest creation.  We’d be more than happy to consider your book for review, however there are a few housekeeping chores you need to know up front:

  • Please read this entire review policy. It will tell you everything you need to know about how we review books. It’s important for you to read this, so that you will know what to expect from us. Yes, we know that you’ve probably been to 50 other sites already today, and your eyes are glazing over from reading review policies, and you can’t possibly read another one. If this is you, then stand up, stretch, go refill that cup of coffee and come back with a fresh set of eyes. First you need to decide if we’re the right reviewers for you, before you spend all your effort in contacting us.
  • Follow the instructions at the end of the review policy.  We don’t mind if you want to write an introductory paragraph, tell us about yourself, etc. But it is important that we get all the information in the specified format,  because, well, we have to make a decision within a few minutes whether or not we’ll be reviewing your novel, and it helps if you followed the format.
  • If your book contains profanity or erotica, we will NOT review it. For more on what we do and don’t like to read, check out the Reviewers page.
  • As an alternative to a review, we except interviews. Current wait time for an interview is 1 month. Please visit the interview page for a list of approved interview questions.
  • Because of an insanely long tbr (to be read) pile, we are having to show many excellent authors away. If anyone would like to become a reviewer, drop me a line. For details on our tbr pile, please check the reading schedule to determine whether you can wait until we’re able to review your book.  Please note that if we agree to review your book, we will make every effort to do so by the time that is published on this website. For updates, join the Rosebuz Facebook page.
  • POLICY CHANGE AS OF 2/6/2015. Please see What is your process? below for details.

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to hear from you soon.

Could you please review my book?

We would love to, however it depends on our current work load, length of your book and how big our to be read (TBR) pile is. Check out the reading schedule for an idea of what our TBR is and when we would be able to review your book. Please note that the dates listed there are all tentative. Please check back regularly for updates.  We accept books from authors and publishers. Please do not send us your novel until we’ve agreed to read it. Those with audiobooks, stand a higher chance of getting reviewed sooner.

What format of books do you accept?

For Linda ePub only please, unless it’s an audio book or hard copy.  For Ilona and Roni .mobi only please, unless other arrangements are made. Reviewers will not accept books in any other format than specified. You can change the format of your ebook using the free software Calibre. However, if you use this software you MUST verify that it is formatted correctly, or we will not read it. We also accept hard copies.

What do you like to read?

Please visit the Reviewers page for the most up to date information. New reviewers may be added from time to time with different reading preferences.

What is your process?

In order to accommodate all of the requests we receive, we employ the 10/30 minute rule. By this we mean, that we will read your novel for 10 minutes. If it fails to captivate our attention, we will stop immediately and write a review given how far we’ve come. Note this is far more time than any publisher would give you. Typically these reviews score between 1-3 out of 5, and mean that you need to work on the story or format. If it passes the 10 minute rule, we’ll continue reading until we reach the 30 minute mark, and do a similar evaluation as for the 10 minute. If your book passes the 30 minute mark, the chances are extremely high that we will finish your book, and it will probably receive a score of 4-5 out of 5.

What will your review include

Our reviews will be our honest opinion of your book as a whole. We don’t go out of our way to be harsh. We will include an image of your book, and links to your book on amazon, barnes and noble, and goodreads. All of this is done in good faith, if you are concerned about copy right issues, we will remove the information by request only. We will also include a summary of your novel (without giving away any major plot turns) and our honest opinion. All reviews are final and reflect our personal opinion.

Where will you post the review?

We will post the review here on this website, Amazon, and Goodreads.

How much will the review cost?

We do not charge for writing reviews, and do this in our free time, that is outside of our normal jobs. Which is why it may take us some time to review your book. So please be patient.

Do you do guest blogs, interviews and giveaways?

For guest blogs, interviews and giveaways please direct all requests to Linda Harley at rosebuzlrh at gmail dot com,

In short yes. we’re happy to work with you on doing a guest blog as long as the topic that you’re blogging on has a scientific or engineering twist to it. Also, the content has to be family friendly. One guest blog will be released every week.  Once you submit the blog, you’ll be added to the back log list.  We reserve the right to edit the blog, in order to ensure that it meets the need of the audience.  All guest blogs must be original and unique to this website, or at least first published here. This is simply to ensure that you take the readers of this blog into consideration, and that it is not a copy and paste job.

If you would like to do an interview, please check out the Interview page for details on how to do so.

We’re currently not offering give away or contests, unless you are hosting it.

What is your rating system?

5 – Put the kettle on, because you’re going to be here for a while. Absolutely minor grammatical or editorial issues. Strong story that is engaging. Must be a page turner, and super hard for me to put down. The story must make me think about it outside of when I’m engaged with the book.

4 – Get comfy in my reading chair and enjoy. A book that is enjoyable, but had parts where the story dragged, or had to much exposition.

3 – Eh, did not live up to my expectations. Will have finished this book, but only by the hair on the teeth of the author. Books that typically have a lot of exposition, information dumps, and no adequate story line or clear hero, is not engaging and super easy to put down, fall into this category.

2 – Beating my head against the wall. These are books that I struggle to even read a single chapter, because the point of view is wrong, the author is jumping into multiple peoples heads, there is no clear story line, and I’m utterly confused.

1 – Wishing I could turn back time. This rating is reserved for those books that are impossible to finish and for those novels that I feel are like an absolute waste of my time. Especially those where the author makes you think one thing, and then in the last chapter rips the carpet from underneath your feet and tells you by the way everything that you’ve just read never really happened. This in my opinion is poor pen man ship, and is an indication that the author could not care to come up with a better ending. Or books that have no storyline, world building or characterization.

Are you looking for reviewers?

Always. Being an indie author myself, We’re always looking for other book reviewers or authors to review novels for www.rosebuz.com.  I get in more requests than I’m able to read, but try my best to at least chat via email with each author that submits. If you review on rosebuz.com you will receive full credit and your name will be associated with the review. If you are interested in either of these opportunities then drop me a note at rosebuzlrh at gmail dot com.

How do I submit my review?

Any emails that do not follow the the guidelines below, will not be considered. Our inbox is swamped and the TBR is a mile long. We don’t have hours to read through the slush pile. We make instant decisions on whether or not we’re going to read a book, and it’s all based on whether or not you followed the guidelines, and whether your first chapter catches our attention.

For information on who to send your book to, please visit the reviewers page for details. You may send your request to multiple reviewers.

Subject: Book Review – [Your book title]

Please include the following information in the body of the email and NOT as an attachment.

  • Personal message (This is the only optional part of the email)
  • Title of the book.
  • Author name. (Please don’t just say “I am the author” for that does not help)
  • Format: Please let me know if it is audio, eBook or hard copy.
  • Genre
  • Synopsis
  • Word count
  • Personal website
  • The first chapter of the book.  Please paste this into the body email.  We will not open any unsolicited emails with attachments. Please do not send us a copy of the book until we’ve agreed to read it.

 

Interview Instructions

So, you want to do an interview at RoseBuz? You’ve come to the right place. In order to be considered for an interview, go ahead and look at the list of questions below. You do not have to answer all of these questions, but only the ones that you think are most applicable. Please list …

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