I don’t mind taking requests when I have free time, so long as authors are fully aware of two things:
1. I’ll be honest in my reviews. I don’t try to nitpick everything, but if things are keeping me out of the story or bothering me, I’ll point them out.
2. I’ll review things on my own time. Don’t expect an instant review.
Genres I read:
I enjoy a lot of genres, but my favorites would be fantasy, science fiction, horror, adventure, crime and mystery, and I’ve been surprised by some that I wouldn’t have normally read. Highly LGBT friendly and have a penchant for gay fiction. My least favorite would be romance, and I have no intention of reading any religious literature or anything political. I dislike poetry.
I would like to see some gay men in fiction right now. I have an unfortunately low number of requests with this.
I’m mostly interested in reviewing small press or self-published books. I also prefer shorter books, around 50,000 words, over long books.
If you want me to consider your book, go ahead and e-mail a Mobi or Epub file to Eisah@o-leander.com. Don’t e-mail a PDF file. I can’t take notes on them and they make writing a review hard.
Subject: Review Request
Include a link to where it can be bought/information. (Be concise, please). I have a preference for books that can be found on Amazon. I also don’t mind being gifted books on Amazon if that’s easier for the author.
Current number of requests: 370 (2/28/2016 – I’ve deleted e-mails that didn’t send the book or have a download link. If you send a temporary download link, it’ll probably expire before I get to the book.)
♠ I didn’t hear back from you. Are you going to read my book?
I put them on a to-do list. The most important thing you should ask is: did I actually e-mail the book? E-mails without a book attached or a download link are likely to be deleted because that just adds more work for me.
Unfortunately, I’ve had many instances where I get to someone’s e-mail, I think the premise sounds interesting enough, and then I see the attachment on the e-mail is a picture of the cover and they didn’t send me the book, or they sent me a PDF file. It’s a lot faster for me to move on down the list than to e-mail the author back, ask them for the book, and then wait for them to send the book. When I’m looking for a book to read I’m ready to start it right there and then, I don’t want to wait to get it.
I may not read a book if it doesn’t fit what I enjoy. I’ve already had people send things like religious literature when I’ve said I don’t like that. If it deals with current events I may skip it, too. I prefer fictional worlds and don’t like to read things too closely connected to real life tragedies.
I almost never e-mail back. I prefer to spend the time reading the books that are sent.
♣ Is there any way to tell if you’re reading my book?
The best place to check what I’m currently reading is to look at my Goodread status.
♥ What kind of rating will my book get?
The best way to guess this is to look at my other reviews – which I strongly encourage – and see how I felt about other books. For example, if your book features a romance at the forefront, you’ll see what type of romances worked for me and what didn’t because I’ve talked about that in different reviews.
I don’t like to give low ratings. I know other authors have worked hard writing their books and it’s never fun to tell them that you didn’t like it. Honesty is critical in reviews, though, and if I don’t enjoy a book I will say so. Please keep that in mind and look at reviews with different ratings to better understand my preferences.
♦ Do you review books in the order you get them?
Nope. I look for what books fit my interests and specifications first, though I do try to get to some of the older requests. Keep in mind that for every book I read, I probably get 10 or so requests, so I can only do so much.