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Review Policies

I am currently not accepting review requests. Please check back; I hope to reopen by January 2022.

Books I Accept

In an effort to be fair to you, my readers, and myself, I try to only accept books I think I will like. Please only query me for books that meet all of the following requirements:

  • Genre: Fantasy, science fiction, LGBT
  • Length: Novella or longer
  • Age Range: 13+
  • Professionally designed and edited
  • NOT grimdark, cynical, nihilist, gritty, etc.

Additionally, though I’m open to them, these topics will be a hard sell:

  • Age gaps
  • Eating disorders (especially depictions of disordered behavior)
  • Companion animal death
  • Fatphobia
  • Institutionalization of disabled or mentally ill people
  • Plagues and pandemics
  • Religious fiction
  • Sexual violence
  • Time travel
  • Zombies

How I Review

I accept ebooks, audiobooks, and print books. Please format ebooks for Kindle reading.

Unless you request otherwise, I aim to post all ARC reviews within 1 week (either side) of the release date.

I cross post to Amazon (other retailers by request) and share a snippet with a link to my blog on Goodreads.

I don’t use a star/grade rating system on my blog. Instead, I say if I liked the book or loved it. This translates to 4 or 5 stars, respectively, on Amazon and Goodreads.

NOTE: While I do my give all books fair and timely consideration, I no longer guarantee I will post a review of every book I receive. I do not review your book within 3 months, please assume I have decided not to do so.

How to Query

Please send review requests to jz at jzkelley dot com.

Put “REVIEW REQUEST” somewhere in the subject line, and make sure to include the title of your book, your byline and pronouns, a blurb, the release date, and any links I can use to find out more in the body of your email.