A copy of the policy can be downloaded here

REQUESTS

Last Update: 5/2020

When entering information in spreadsheet or forms, check for typos and spelling errors before sending.

Review Request Types

QUICK RESPONSE (FUTURE Release Dates):​​

  • MUST be a FUTURE DATE!! (Year ending 2020 or beyond) 

  • Use Quick Response Request Form on the Requests Page

  • Request for "Quick Response" MUST be at least 60 Days (from request date) in advance of the release date! (New authors ONLY)

EXPRESS RELEASE REVIEWS​ (prices subject to change)

  • Between 30 and 59 days (new authors) or Between 30 and 39 days (repeat authors)

    • Donation of $40

  • Between  14 and 29 days prior to release:

    • Donation of $50

  • Between  7 and 13 days prior to release:

    • Donation of $60

  • Between  3 and 7 days prior to release:

    • Donation of $70

  • Emergency Review (Under 3 days, including its release date)

    • Donation of $100

Instructions:

  1. To get the Express Release Review, please follow these steps or it is possible the request would be denied.

  2. Email (do NOT fill out any forms below) writeramyshannon@gmail.com

  3. In subject line "Express Release Review"

  4. In the body of the email, type in this information, and do not add attach anything to the email. Pen name of Author, Book Title, Book Genre, Release date, and where the book will/is listed to be bought.

  5. The author will get an email back, so read it carefully, as it will contain instructions as to what the next step for the author will be.

  6. Intended for releases that fall under the 60-day request period allowed for the regular "Quick Response Calendar"

  • For any author (NEW-to-this-site or Repeat Authors).

Special/Customized Requests

·      This is new to the site, but I also offer customized requests for authors that want a review, but the request doesn’t fit quite in a category.

·      Special requests require a donation of at least $100

·      For special requests, use the “contact me” form at the bottom of the FAQ page.

·      I will respond to the email, and via email, the author can let me know exactly what they need, and we will work out the details between us.

·      The author’s title will be placed on the Specialized Requests Bookshelf on my Bookshelf page.

 

EARLY RELEASE REVIEWS

  • Use the Quick Response form on the Requests Page, but select "Early Release" on the Request Type.

  • Early Reviews are for promotions only. I will not post a review on a book seller's website until the date of the release.

  • If you are looking for a review that you can quote and use for promotional reasons, such as inside a book, on the amazon "review" section, front/back cover, and need it earlier, let me know after you receive your initial email. I schedule my reviews to be posted on release date.

  • Early Release reviews will be sent to the author no sooner than 40 days prior to release date. If there is a publication deadline for an early release review, I'll accept the request from the publisher and meet the deadline but only if requested by the publisher or agent.

 

REPEAT AUTHORS (VIP) REQUEST

  • Use EMAIL only

  • Any author who I have reviewed for in the past is eligible to email me directly at writeramyshannon@gmail.com and put "Repeat author" in the subject line

  • Repeat authors do NOT have to fill out another form or make a request first, just send the files and information I need.

  • Previously published works, send me the cover, buy link, genre, and book title. The title will be added to my "Standard" Shelf  of the VIP Bookshelf.

  • Upcoming releases, give me at least 40 days if you want the review posted on release day, if not, send it whenever you want, and the title will be added to the "Standard" Shelf on my VIP Bookshelf. (If the request is under 40 days, see "Express Releases Reviews")

  • Donations can be made of at least $20 (via donation on my Home or Welcome page via PayPal) for a prime position on the "Priority" Shelf of the VIP Bookshelf. 

  • Donations no matter the amount DO NOT BUY or PAY FOR REVIEW. The reviews are honest and unbiased, and based on what I read. The donations pay for a position on the list. 

 

CONTACT ME

  • If you just need to make contact, have a special request, or have some questions about anything on my blog, use the Contact Me form on my FAQ Page. ​

 

NEW REQUESTS (Primary Bookshelf)

  • New Requests (Primary Bookshelf) is for both Indie and traditional published authors.

  • Authors or Representatives can fill out the form below "New Requests", if the representative is "new" to this site 

  • All requests will be followed up with an instructional email.

  • The New Requests (Primary Bookshelf) currently has FOUR bookshelves, each one holds approximately 25 titles.

  • Please ONLY one request per Author.

  • Authors that have more than one book can send the others AFTER the first requested title has been reviewed and posted.

  • Unless another option is selected, all new requests that are accepted will go to the end of the PRIMARY BOOKSHELF.

  • Fill out the “New Requests” Form below.

  • For Authors that are new to this site, and do not qualify for other request types.

 

OTHER BOOK REVIEW REQUEST OPTIONS

  • ​For a $10.00 donation, PLUS the amount of the cost of the purchase of a book, the author can "buy" a position on the "Top Shelf" of the PRIMARY LIST.

  • For a $20.00 donation, PLUS the amount of the cost the purchase of their book, the author can "buy" a position at the end of the "Standard" VIP Bookshelf.

  • For a $25.00 donation, PLUS the amount of the cost the purchase of their book, the author can "buy" a position at the end of the "Priority" VIP Bookshelf.

  • The purchases must be done through PayPal and can be done either by the "donation" buttons on either the Home or Welcome page, or through your own PayPal account, the PayPal account is writeramyshannon@gmail.com.

  • ​​Donations no matter the amount DO NOT BUY or PAY FOR REVIEW. The reviews are honest and unbiased, and based on what I read. The donations pay for a position on the list. DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY WHEN SELECTING THIS OPTION AND MAKING YOUR REQUEST,  UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. I NEED TO FORMALLY ACCEPT YOUR REQUEST.

 

CURRENT EXCEPTIONS: 

  • Guests of the PODCAST “The After Show with McKensie Stewart and Amy Shannon" will automatically get a review of their work, if they haven’t had their book reviewed by Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews, priority to its airing. 

  • Blog Tours : Blog Tours where my OFFICIAL author Blog participates, offers to review the book being promoted, and its review on both blogs. (Blog Tour requests can be emailed to me directly).

 

 

  • Also, please make sure you read all of the requirements of a book review request before filling out a form.

  • Please read before submitting request on the Official Requests Page, and the appropriate form. 

 

STEPS FOR A REQUEST:

  • Please fill out the appropriate form, answering all the questions accurately. (check for typos before sending)

  • There will be a response to the request within 72 hours.  You will receive an initial email, and an excel spreadsheet attachment. The spreadsheet must be filled out and returned with the other requested files. 

  • PLEASE NOTE: When filling out the form, do not tell me what others have rated your book, I don't base my reviews on what others think of your book. Also, do not write a paragraph about your book. Give me only ONE sentence of what your book is about.

  • Failure to conform to the form or the review policy will result in DENIAL OF REQUEST , so please read the form questions and the review policy carefully. This goes for any email received by me. I use a preset email format that I created but the text of those emails may change at any time, so read each email you get from me carefully. You never know when something was added or changed.

 

REVIEW POLICY ​

INITIAL AUTHOR REQUESTS

  • Must use the CORRECT form to request a review.

  • If I receive a request without initial OFFICIAL FORM contact, I will respond by telling you to make a formal request using the appropriate form. 

  • ALL first time requests MUST be made via the request form (No matter where you heard of my reviews. Fill out the form and answer all required questions.)

  • If you are new to this site, review the policies before filling out one of the forms. 

  • Unsolicited direct emails to me will be given instructions to fill out an official form.

  • ​​​​REPEAT AUTHORS OR REPEAT AUTHOR REPRESENTATIVE

  • If I have reviewed other books for you or you're an author's representative who has made contact with me before, then you can email me directly at writeramyshannon@gmail.com

  • I do NOT take unsolicited (direct email) review requests from authors, unless I have reviewed their work before or reviewed work from an author under a specific representative.

MY REVIEWS:

  • This is a United States-Based Review Blog.

  • I review ALL genres. Please read the FAQ page for more information.

  • I accept requests from any author  (indie or traditionally published) or author representative (publisher, agent, assistant etc) (please clarify).

  • I can only review books written in ENGLISH (or for audio books, narrated in English). 

  • I post my reviews on THIS blog, Amazon.com, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, audible.com (for audiobooks) and BookBub.

  • Authors can request other sites have a posted review (depends on the site's rules about reviews). 

  • Due to Amazon International Site policies on reviews, I am unable to post my reviews on International Sites. However, I do know that any review posted on the Amazon.com site, will show up on the International site as a secondary review.

  • I also share the review (either from Amazon or my blog) to my Facebook page. 

  • I also share the review from this blog on Twitter (#ABSR, @amyshan_author).

 

Do’s and Don’ts

DO:

  • send Book FRONT Cover images

  • IMAGE FORMATS: jpg, .png or .bmp 

    • Front cover of book ONLY

    • If you send the image file, name it as the title of the book (Ex. Title.bmp) without the leading article (a, an, the)

    • If you don't send it, I'll download a cover from one of the book site listings.

Send Books

  • ​​Book formats:   DO NOT SEND MORE THAN ONE OF THE SAME TITLE DIGITALLY (ONLY SEND ONE FORMAT OF DIGITAL COPY). WILL ACCEPT DIGITAL ALONG WITH EITHER A PRINT COPY OR DONATION/GIFT TO PURCHASE A COPY. 

    • Print (hardcover/paperback) (NOT typed manuscripts (mailed or shipped to me) (address provided upon request) [I'd be honored if the copy of the print book was signed, but it isn't necessary.)

    • Digital Formats:  (digital formats must be named with last name of author, and title of book)  ALL FORMATS MUST BE "READY TO PUBLISH" CONTENT (do not send unedited or first few drafts of your manuscript).  If sending a digital version, send only ONE format. (Updated, I am NO LONGER ACCEPTING MS WORD DOCUMENTS. If you send a word, I won't accept it or open it, it must be converted to another format such as PDF).

    • PDF (Acrobat Reader)

    • Mobi (Kindle)

    • Epub (Nook)

    • Gifts/Gift Cards/Coupon codes

    • Smashwords: coupon code for free title

    • (US) Amazon gift card

    • (US) Amazon gifted book (though, not considered as a verified purchase by amazon).

Donation purchase

  • Send me a "donation" for at least the amount of your book for me to purchase it on the site of your choice. (Either for digital or print copy).

  • Let me know if you are using this option. Not all donations are used for a specific book purchase, but for any book purchase to make them verified.

Audio Books (must send as gift or with audible.com code)

 

​Excel Spreadsheet

  • I send an MS Excel spreadsheet with my initial email, send it back with all the required files.

  • Do NOT change anything in the spreadsheet, just follow the instructions given.

  • If you have an issue with the spreadsheet, I also have a text version I can copy and paste into the body of the email. (I can accept MAC "Numbers" files, as i use a converter).

 

Don't: 

  • Don't send me anything until I ask for it. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL RESPONSE. make sure you check your SPAM folder from an email from writeramyshannon@gmail.com and add it to your safe-senders list.

  • Don't send anything I don't ask for, such as advertisements, fliers, author bios, author pics, etc...

  • Don't send incorrect format of image files such as PDF of complete covers

  • Don't lie or misrepresent yourself 

  • Don't lie about a release date (I verify all information)

  • Don't send "proof" copy of print book

  • Don't send PDF files for book covers

QUICK RESPONSE REQUESTS

(future REVIEWS)

 

Only use the "Quick Response" Request form if you have an UPCOMING RELEASE DATE and want a review posted on that date. Do NOT use this form for an express release, follow the instructions above.

  • Release date MUST be AT LEAST 60 days in advance of the release date. (YEAR ENDING IN AT LEAST 2020 or greater).

  • When filling out the form, do not use all caps. Use proper sentence case.

  • ​If you have multiple books, you do not need to send separate forms for each book. Once your title that was the initial request has been read, reviewed, and the review posted, you are considered a repeat author, and can send other books of yours.

  • ​If the author lies about the release date, and it is in the past and not the future date as stated, the review will be denied. I now VALIDATE release dates as some have lied. Any author who lies or misrepresents themselves will be banned

  • Please DO NOT fill out the form in ALL CAPS. 

  • Do not add URLS or  website links of any kind in any of the fields.

  •  Don't send me anything until I ask for it. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL RESPONSE. make sure you check your SPAM folder from an email from writeramyshannon@gmail.com and add it to your safe-senders list.

  • Once the initial email is sent, please send the required files within 5 days of that initial email.

 

 

​Any form that does not follow the requirements, will be returned to the author.

New review request

 

This form is for all authors who have NEVER received a review from Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.  Once the request has been approved, the title will be added to the end of the PRIMARY BOOKSHELF (currently there are 4 bookshelves, that hold up to 25 book titles).  

Cutting the line:

  • For a $10.00 donation, and a donation to cover the cost of the purchase of a book, the author can "buy" a position on the "Top Shelf" of the PRIMARY LIST. For a $20.00 donation, and donation to cover the cost the purchase of their book, the author can "buy" a position at the end of the VIP Bookshelf.

  • ​The donations must be done through PayPal and can be done either by the "donation" buttons on either the Home or Welcome page, or through your own PayPal account, the PayPal account is writeramyshannon@gmail.com.

​There is no specific turn-around time for reviews, as I do schedule them so the posting will abide by Amazon.com rules. A note, though, that any book that I purchase (from my donation account) makes the book a verified purchase. Reviews can be posted with or without being a verified purchase. 

This list only refers to books, not to the Indie Music or "Other-book related Items" that are also reviewed by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.

​DO NOT ADD URLS OR WEBSITE LINKS WITHIN THE FORM

Double check your email address, as that is the only way I can contact you. I've gotten undeliverable emails because of typos in the email address field. 

Use proper CASE in each field. Do NOT use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS when filling out the form.

​Don't send me anything until I ask for it. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL RESPONSE. make sure you check your SPAM folder from an email from writeramyshannon@gmail.com and add it to your safe-senders list.

OTHER MEDIA

 

The OTHER MEDIA form can be used by ANY INDIE ARTIST who has never had a review done by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. This is NOT to be used by AUTHORS only ARTISTS (musician/singer/band/rapper/ songwriter etc...).

DO NOT INCLUDE URL OR WEBSITE LINKS OF ANY KIND. 

Please DO NOT fill out the form in ALL CAPS. 

Any form that does not follow the requirements, will be returned to the artist.

Don't send me anything until I ask for it. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL RESPONSE. make sure you check your SPAM folder from an email from writeramyshannon@gmail.com and add it to your safe-senders list.

OTHER BOOK RELATED ITEMS

 

Fill out the "other book-related items" request form for the following items ONLY.

This is NOT for BOOK reviews or for any type of "writing" review.

This form is for book-related or writing-related items, such as products, websites, tools or software (etc...).

If you're unsure if your "item" fits, use the contact me form below.

Fill out  required forms. Must be able to provide the review the "product" or "item" with out charge.

Don't send me anything until I ask for it. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL RESPONSE. make sure you check your SPAM folder from an email from writeramyshannon@gmail.com and add it to your safe-senders list.

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Blog Established in 2014

 

Last Updated 2018. Everything published on this blog is the unbiased and honest opinion of the blogger, Amy Shannon. 

PRIVACY NOTIFICATION: Amy 's Bookshelf Reviews will NEVER share or sell the books that are provided to this blog for reading and review purposes. In some cases, lines may be "quoted" in the review. All files provided to Amy's Bookshelf Reviews are confidential and kept in a digital and encrypted file and will not be shared with any one for any reason. Any information that is asked to NOT be revealed is kept secret (such as real names of authors) as this site only uses the PEN NAMES for the authors (only is it the real name if the author intends to use their real name on their titles). Any questions or comments regarding this policy can be directed to Amy Shannon, owner of the Amy's Bookshelf Review Blog.

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