Book Review Policies

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*** UPDATE ***

Please note: I’m not accepting any books for review at this time. 

I’m an unconventional reviewer. I like to communicate with you, the author. If I can’t get into your story after the first 10 pages, then I’ll let you know. But, just because I’m not into your writing, doesn’t mean much. Contact my show, Back Porch Writer, and schedule an interview via the Calendly logo. Someone in my audience might really dig what you write.

Do you review self-published books?

Yes, but I only accept a few books throughout the year.

Do you charge for reviews?


What do you review?

Adult Fiction: Mysteries, Thrillers, Suspense

Other Fiction:

MG: I like adventure stories and mysteries. Think 39 Clues, Harry Potter, and Neil Gaimen books.

Children’s: Anything humorous, clever, or adventurous

YA/NA: Mystery/Thriller only.

What I don’t like to read: Erotica, Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy (unless it’s similar to Harry Potter)

Exceptions: I do like vampire lore. Think Sookie Stackhouse and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, not Twilight. The story still needs to fit the mystery/thriller/suspense genre.

Note: I give priority to multicultural books, especially in children’s and MG.


What formats do you prefer?

I’m a business owner and author. I understand the costs associated with sending a hard copy. Don’t worry about it! I have a Kindle. Send me a format that I can read on it, and I’m happy! If you don’t know how to do that, check out Calibre.

If I decide to review your book, and you’re sending an ARC/Proof, then let me know. If I find mistakes as I read, I’ll alert you to them, so that you can get them corrected in your final copy.

How long do reviews take?

This isn’t an easy answer. Generally, I’m a slow reader when it comes to fiction. It depends on:

  • How many other books I need to review
  • My writing schedule
  • My work schedule (I own a few businesses, so things can get pretty busy.)
  • My family’s schedule
  • How into your story and plot I get. If I’m really into it, then I’ll read your book faster.

What other information should I send to you when I complete the form?

Please send the first ten (10) pages, if it’s a novel. Send this in the body of your email. Please don’t send an attachment unless I’ve requested one. If I’m not interested after reading your pages, then I’ll let you know.

If it’s a children’s book, don’t send anything until you hear back from me.

How soon will I hear from you?

I’ll respond to your request within one week. If you don’t hear from me, feel free to follow-up.

Why won’t you review my book?

If your book doesn’t fall into one of my review categories, then you should find another reviewer. I won’t do your work justice. Don’t force it if it doesn’t fit. 

Where do you post reviews?

  1. Kori Miller Writes website
  2. Amazon
  3. Goodreads
  4. You can request that the review be added elsewhere.

Can I use the review in my marketing material?

Yes, please do! What’s the point of getting reviews if you don’t plan to use them in your marketing?

How do you rate your reviews? (Updated March 5, 2015)

The short answer is, I don’t. After a lot of consideration, I decided that rating other people’s work serves no purpose. Chances are, after reading one of my reviews, you’ll know if I enjoyed reading a particular book.

On sites that require a rating, your book won’t receive anything less than the average, 3-star review. Why? Because if I accepted your book for review, that means you hooked me in the first 10 pages. That’s worthy of at least 3-stars in my opinion.

If I can’t get into the story after the first 10 pages, then I won’t finish reading, and I’ll contact you. This has happened more than once since I began reviewing books. Please remember that I like mysteries. If your story really isn’t a mystery, then don’t send it to me.

Note: Reviews are based on opinion. We don’t have to agree. I’ll be fair and honest without being overly critical. Read this review for an example of my approach.

How do I contact you?

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