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REQUESTS & POLICIES

Last Update: 5/24/2022

Important notes:

As a self-employed, disabled person, I recently created Essence Enterprises as one business with all my other services under that as subsidiaries (I'm an editor, literary consultant, literary promoter, and (new) owner of a new literary magazine (Literate-Ly Magazine).

 

Nothing will change, except if you make a donation or payment, instead of being Amy's Bookshelf Reviews, it will say Essence Enterprises.

​DO NOT SEND ANY DONATIONS OR PURCHASE ANY VIDEO REVIEWS UNTIL YOU HAVE OFFICIALLY REQUESTED A REVIEW WITH ONE OF THE FORMS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

When entering information in a spreadsheet or forms, check for typos and spelling errors before sending. If there is an incorrect email address, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews cannot respond. ​

ALL REVIEWS ARE FREE. RATINGS CAN NOT BE BOUGHT. I DO HAVE OTHER OPTIONS, BUT THE REVIEWS ARE FREE, AND EACH BOOK WILL BE READ. 

 

AMY’S BOOKSHELF REVIEWS REQUEST POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Make a request:

Step 1: Fill out a Request form (either Quick Response or New Author). (Or use the streamlined approach.)

Step 2: Read the email that is sent back to you. It will have information and two attachments, a spreadsheet to fill out, and a checklist (no need to send that back).

Step 3: Follow the instructions in the email, fill out the spreadsheet, and respond to the same email you received. Inform Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews if you uploaded or have attached documents (cover, digital book). Make sure the spreadsheet is also attached. If you have or want to donate, make a note of that as well.

Step 4: Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will put your book title on one of the bookshelves, on Amy’s Library page, depending on the request. If it’s a release date review, it will be put on the Quick Response Calendar.

Step 5: You can keep track of the status of your title on Amy’s Library Page.

Step 6: Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will send you an email of when and where the book has been posted, along with any other information.

Step 7: You can share the posts, and if you have given social media information, your accounts have been tagged whenever possible.

Once an author has made their second request, they are now a Legacy author. Once the second title’s review has been posted, the author can receive an image of being a Legacy Author.

Legacy authors can send emails directly to Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews at amysbookshelfreviews@gmail.com for reviews.

Any author can send an email to ask questions, any questions as it pertains to the website, policies, or general writing and promotion questions.

UPDATE TO REQUESTS: Streamlined Requests:

Now, it is up to the author or representative (new or Legacy) to have the option to directly email for a review request. In order to do this, the author must have downloaded the spreadsheet and checklist, and it must be filled out. The email body will contain the name of the book and authors name. If there is anything you want to mention in the email, before it is accepted for review, just write it in the body (such as making donation, wanting to send print in the mail, etc). Even if sending a print copy, PDF copy is required. Do NOT send press or media kits or author's biographies or photos. This is for book review requests ONLY. Also, once the email has been sent with the spreadsheet, the author must have already uploaded the PDF version (PDF ONLY) of the book to the Google drive. (The book cover is optional, as many times the cover from the book on Amazon is used at the time the review is posted.) Click on the link to email (or copy and paste the email address) amysbookshelfreviews@gmail.com . If you use this process, in the subject line add either "new request," "new release request," "legacy request," "Legacy new release request."

Download the spreadsheet and checklist at the top of the page.

Upload PDF file HERE

Upload Cover HERE.

If you wish to make a donation, for any purpose, or even moving to a specific bookshelf, add it to the email body, and you will get instructions on how to do so (or you can download the donation policy document at the top of the page). 

You must also confirm by writing in the final line of the body of the email: I have read and understand the policies and procedures of Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. 

POLICIES

BOOK TITLE FORMATS

Unless otherwise specified, the digital format of the book must be received within 5 days of the initial response from Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews. **Note, if mailing a print copy, request the address, and also send a digital format as well. (Print copies are accepted, autograph preferred).

Amy's Bookshelf Reviews will no longer except ePubs as a digital copy for a book title. The book files must be in one of the following formats.

Digital formats:

  • PDF (preferred)

  • Audiobook, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews would like to listen to the book and write a review to reflect not just the story but the audiobook itself. (Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will need a redemption code or a donation made in order to purchase the audiobook) Amy's Bookshelf Reviews can't post reviews without a purchase on audible.com.

  • Email-to-kindle

  • Mobi/Kindle files

  • Kindle Purchase

  • Bookfunnel Downloads (No ePubs)

  • Net Galley Downloads (No ePubs)

  • Prolific Works Downloads (No ePubs)

  • Book Sirens Reviews (If your book is on Book Sirens, I can request the review copy to do the review, and once approved, I have 30 days to review it, so the title will automatically be added to the VIP-PRIORITY BOOKSHELF for a $5.00 donation) (If there isn't approval for Book Sirens to receive the ARC copy, I'll need the digital copy sent to me and will post a review for the donation cost).

  • Gifts/Gift Cards/Coupon codes

  • Smashwords: coupon code for free title or donation to cover the purchase of review. To post here

  • (US) Amazon gift card (DO NOT SEND AMAZON BOOKS AS GIFTS)

  • Donation purchase (See Donation document for more details)

  • Audio Books (must send as a gift or with audible.com code or donation of the cost of the purchase of the audiobook) or another audiobook site

Kindle Vella: Amy's Bookshelf Reviews will now accept episodic stories on Kindle Vella. Amy's Bookshelf Reviews has some available tokens but would also accept donations for the purchase of tokens.

  • Amazon has a few options for the amount of tokens, 200 for 1.99, 525 for 4.99, 1100 for 9.99, and 1700 for 14.99.

  • The tokens are based on the number of episodes and the length of the episode. The first three episodes are free, and then each episode must be unlocked to read, depending on the size, for a specific amount of tokens.

  • If I am reading a Vella novel, I will gladly share the story directly from Amazon so others can read it and enjoy it as well.

  • If you don't use Vella, I found it to be great for short stories, even full-length books, but to use Vella, the book cannot have been already published (tried it before I knew that rule, and it didn't get published for that reason). (However, if it gets published as a novel or a novella and is on Amazon, let me know, and I can do a review repost).

  • Here is the link to Amy Shannon’s Vella “The Backyard” https://www.amazon.com/kindle-vella/story/B095Z72BGH

  • Each episode must be at least 500 words but cannot exceed 6000 words, so episodes should be split reasonably, and within those word count limits.

REVIEW REQUEST TYPES

NEW: VIDEO PITCH REVIEW REQUESTS

The author can create a video (2 minutes  max) and request a review. So, basically it's a pitch about the author's book, when it's going to be released (or has been released) and what genre it fits in.) 

You fill out the "Video Pitch" form, and put in the link of your video. I will watch the video and respond. I will also save the pitch video on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews YouTube Channel.

REQUEST END OF VIP- LEGACY BOOKSHELF

$0 (US)

  • Use EMAIL only

  • Any author who Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews has reviewed in the past is eligible to email Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews directly at amysbookshelfreviews@gmail.com and put "Legacy Author" in the subject line

  • Legacy Authors do NOT have to fill out another form or make a request first, just send the files and information Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews need.

  • The digital copy of the book.

  • The links to the books (if they are listed on the following sites), amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, goodreads.com, Smashwords (only if the book is free or has a free discount code), Kobo (US), BookBub, and (if applicable) audiobook link.

  • Social media accounts (Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews uses social media platforms to share the reviews and tag the authors)

  • A default link that can be connected to the book cover when the review is posted on the website.

  • Author’s website or blog

  • Amazon author page

  • Type of publisher (traditional, self, indie, hybrid)

  • Publishing company name/website

  • Country you live in.

  • Previously published works, send the cover, genre, and book title. The title will be added to the VIP- LEGACY BOOKSHELF, with the author’s last name in parenthesis.

STANDARD NEW AUTHOR BOOKSHELF

$0 (US)

  • New-to-this site requests (authors or author representatives) will go to the end of the STANDARD NEW AUTHOR BOOKSHELF

  • Any author wanting to move to another higher shelf, needs to donate. See the Donation policy for more details.

REPOSTING REVIEWS:

$0 (US)

Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will repost reviews if:

  • A title has changed, or the cover has changed, or the book is being re-released.

  • If the story has changed or has been dramatically updated, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will gladly reread the story, and update the previous review, if necessary.

  • If the story is being rereleased, has been updated, and has a new “buy link,” Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will gladly reread the book, and post the new review.

  • If the book is being released in an audiobook, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews would like to listen to the book and write a review to reflect not just the story but the audiobook itself. (Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will need a redemption code or a donation made in order to purchase the audiobook) Amy's Bookshelf Reviews can't post reviews without purchase on audible.com)

Any requests for reposts can be made by emailing Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews directly.

FEATURED REVIEW AND BOOK PROMO VIDEO #YTVR (For Video Review Information and Instructions go to the FRYT web page at https://writeramyshannon.wixsite.com/bookshelfreviews/fryt-information-and-ordering

 

BOOK SERIES REQUESTS

If the author has multiple books in a series, and the request is for one of the books that are not the first book, Amy's Bookshelf Reviews NOW REQUIRES that all books that came before it (whether they can be read as standalone or not) be given so the books can be read in order. If there are more than two books before the request for this book to be read, the donation amount for the amount of days is doubled. If there are more than 5 books that need to be read before this title, the donation is tripled.

CONSECUTIVE REVIEWS (NOT FOR QUICK RESPONSE OR EXPRESS RELEASE REQUESTS)

$20 (US) for up to four titles 

  • Consecutive reviews are when an author has requested reviews for more than one of their titles. Instead of when the title is read and reviewed, the others go to the bottom of the list, this allows all titles to have the reviews posted consecutively.

AUTHOR'S BOOKSTORES

  • If any author's book is only available for sale on their bookstore or website, I will still review the book. It is not considered out of print, as it is being sold. 

ABSR PREFERRED PACKAGES (Author lifetime, onetime fee) (Payments can be made on Amy's Library Page)

ABSR PREFERRED Package = $110 One-time price (Per Author)

  • Applies to every title that is to be reviewed in the future by this author

  • Review: FREE (same as regular postings and review writing) The review is free so even though this is included in the package, you are not paying for the review, just the extras for any future book.

  • Book title Position: Preferred Bookshelf

  • Featured Video Review (posted on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews' YouTube Channel, shared in ABSR Blog Post)

  • Shared on ABSR Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn page

  • The author can get a copy of the video file if requested.

  • The author will get a PREFERRED Legacy Author Badge with their name on it.

  • A representative will receive a PREFERRED Legacy Friend Badge with their name on it.

  • There are other badges available, such as an "I read banned books" badge or a "Reviews Matter" badge that can be requested.

ABSR PREFERRED EXPANDED Package = $150

  • One time price (Per Author) Applies to every title that is to be reviewed in the future by this author

  • Review: FREE (same as regular postings and review writing) The review is free so even though this is included in the package, you are not paying for the review, just the extras for any future book.

  • Book title Position: Preferred Bookshelf

  • Featured Video Review (posted on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews' YouTube Channel, shared in ABSR Blog Post)

  • Shared on ABSR Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn page

  • The author can get a copy of the video file if requested.

  • The author can get a 1-day social media and blog promotion from Genesis Literary Promotions. (Includes posts about the book on Facebook and Twitter, and a post on the Olympus Blog)

  • Promotion Details: (1-day) (Author does have the option to add more days for additional costs)

  • Olympus Blog Post (runs at 3 PM Eastern): https://genesisbookpromos.wixsite.com/genesisbookpromos/blog  (Adding FRYT video to the blog post) and book cover.

  • Video added to the Genesis YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5bfTuEzra1HrOuNxsJLLxg

  • Shared Post on Olympus Facebook Page (from the blog) @olympusbookblog 

  • Post on Facebook (runs at 8 AM Eastern): Direct Post on Facebook (@genesisbookpromos)

  • Post on Twitter (runs at 10 AM Eastern): Direct Post on Twitter @GenesisBookPro1

  • The author will get a PREFERRED Legacy Author Badge with their name on it.

  • A representative will receive a PREFERRED Legacy Friend Badge with their name on it.

  • There are other badges available, such as an "I read banned books" badge or a "Reviews Matter" badge that can be requested

EXPRESS RELEASE REVIEWS (For both NEW and LEGACY AUTHORS.)

 (releases that are under the allotted amount of time for release date review request) (Fees listed below are “donations” and DO NOT buy a review but put the title on the release review calendar) Digital copies of an Express Release Review need to be sent via email within 24 hours of Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews’ response.

Legacy Author (30 days):

•           29 days – 8 days before release

$50 (US)

•           7 days -- 4 days before release

 $75 (US)

•           3 days posting or less, use the VIP-IMMEDIATE BOOKSHELF request

$100 (US)

New Author Request (40 days):

•           29 days – 8 days before release

$50 (US)

•           7 days -- 4 days before release

 $75 (US)

•           3 days posting or less, use the VIP-IMMEDIATE BOOKSHELF request

$100 (US)

Instructions:

To get the EXPRESS RELEASE REVIEW, please follow these steps or it is possible the request would be denied.

1.         Email (do NOT fill out any forms below) amysbookshelfreviews@gmail.com

2.         In the subject line "Express Release Review"

3.         In the body of the email, type in this information, and DO NOT add attach anything to the email. Penname of Author, Book Title, Book Genre, Release date, and where the book will/is listed to be bought.

4.           Optional "Release Celebration" [morning of the release (around 8:00 AM EST), a post will run on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews and The Official Blog of Amy Shannon about the release of your book. For a small donation of $40, the post will "celebrate" the release of the author's work on both blogs. At 8:00 AM on The Official Blog of Amy Shannon and then at 8:30 AM on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.] 

•           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.

EVERY AUTHOR OR REPRESENTATIVE WILL NOW ALL RECEIVE UPDATED SPREADSHEETS TO FILL OUT BEFORE THE TITLE GOES ON THE BOOKSHELF.

CONTACT AMY’S BOOKSHELF REVIEWS

MAKING A REVIEW REQUEST

STREAMLINED REVIEW REQUESTS:

A streamlined review request is made simple for the author. The author downloads the spreadsheet at the top of the page, and downloads the checklist to their computer. 

Go HERE

NEW TO SITE (STANDARD-NEW AUTHOR BOOKSHELF)

  • New Requests is for both Indie and traditionally published authors.

  • Representatives can fill out the form if the representative is "new" to this site 

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

  • Please ONLY one request per Author (this is for authors with more than one book, or co-authors)

  • Only add one book title to the request form.

​Fill out the “New Requests” Form below.

For Authors that are new to this site, and DO NOT qualify for other request types.

​​DONATIONS/GRATUITIES OR PAYMENTS

Donations, payments, or gratuities, no matter the amount DO NOT BUY or PAY FOR REVIEWS. The reviews are honest and unbiased and based on what Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews reads. (See the donation policy document)

​Do not send anything to Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews until the request has been accepted.

​Please read!!!

BOOKS THAT ARE NOT ACCEPTED:

​When Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews is ready to post the review, and the book is unavailable, out of print, or not published, it will not be posted, not even on the website or Goodreads. Only when it has a date, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will post it.

​​​CURRENT EXCEPTIONS: 

  • Guests of the PODCAST “The After Show with McKensie Stewart and Amy Shannon” or “After The After Show” will automatically get a review of their work, if they have not had their book reviewed by Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews, priority to its airing. (A review ahead of time does not change the guest fee for either podcast).

  • Blog Tours. Blog Tours where The Official Blog of Amy Shannon participates offers to review the book being promoted, and its review. (Blog Tour requests can be emailed to Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews directly).

  • Purchased literary promotions from Genesis Literary Promotions

  • Authors who have had their work edited by Amy Shannon

 

​Please read before submitting the request with the appropriate form. 

​STEPS FOR A REQUEST:

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

  2. There will be a response to the request within 48 hours. You will receive an initial email, a checklist, and an excel spreadsheet attachment. The spreadsheet must be filled out and returned with the other requested files. 

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 Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews. Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews use a preset email format that Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews created but the text of those emails may change at any time, so read each email you get from Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews carefully. All emails have a date of when they were last updated.

​REVIEW REQUEST POLICY

INITIAL AUTHOR REQUESTS

  • Must use the CORRECT form to request a review. (If you do not, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will request that you do before moving forward)

  • ALL first-time requests MUST be made via the request form (No matter where you heard of Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews. Fill out the form and answer all required questions.)

  • Whether you are new to this site, or a Legacy Author, always read the policies before filling out one of the forms. 

  • Unsolicited direct emails to Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews will be given instructions to fill out an official form.

​AMY’S BOOKSHELF REVIEWS

  • This is a United States-based Review website.

  • Amy's Bookshelf Reviews also tags the reviews with the authors’ social media platform account, always follows or likes the author's social media platforms, and even signs up for newsletters on the author's websites. 

  • Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews reads book titles of MOST genres and accepts requests from any author (indie or traditionally published) or author representative (publisher, agent, assistant, etc.) 

  • Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews can only review books written in ENGLISH (or for audiobooks, narrated in English). 

  • The review is posted on Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews website.

  • From the website post, it is shared on 2 Facebook pages. 

  • From the website post, it is shared on 2 Twitter accounts (amyshan_72 #ABSR & @ABSR_amyreviews)

  • From the website post, it is shared on LinkedIn

  • Posted on Amazon.com

  • Posted on barnesandnoble.com

  • Posted on goodreads.com

  • Posted on Kobo.com

  • Posted on BookBub.com

  • Posted on audiobook (audible.com)

  • Posted on Author's bookstore or website (or provided to the author to post on their website)

 

​New Posting Sites: 

If the book is listed on the publisher's website, and there is a place for a review or comment area, Amy's Bookshelf Reviews will post there as well, however, there is a small cost. Amy's Bookshelf Reviews will post on the following sites, for the cost of $5.00 extra per site unless otherwise specified:

  • NetGalley

  • BookSirens

  • Google Books

  • Pinterest

  • Smashwords (Cost of Book or use Redemption Code). Amy's Bookshelf Reviews has accounts for all of these sites.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

​​Excel Spreadsheet & Word Checklist

  • All requests will NOW receive an MS Excel spreadsheet with the initial request response, and 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, there is an unformatted text version

  • Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews accepts MAC "Numbers" files

  • Read the Word Checklist and complete the steps.

  • DO NOT send anything until it’s requested. (including donations).

  • YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL RESPONSE. Make sure you check your SPAM folder from an email from amysbookshelfreviews@gmail.com and add it to your safe sender’s list.

  • Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews NO LONGER will accept Gifted Books through Amazon.

  • DO NOT send anything does not ask for, such as advertisements, fliers, author bios, author pics, etc...

  • DO NOT send the incorrect format of image files such as PDFs of complete covers

  • DO NOT lie or misrepresent yourself, or lie about a release date (Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews verify all information)

  • DO NOT send a "proof" copy of the print book or digital book

  • DO NOT send a computer-printed manuscript when sending a print copy.

​​AMY'S LIBRARY BOOKSHELVES Title positions:

​All books to be reviewed are listed on AMY'S LIBRARY page. Authors can use this page to keep track of the position of their title. There is only one reader and reviewer associated with this website. All titles on the BOOKSHELVES have the author’s last name in parentheses.

NOTE FOR FORMS: PLEASE READ EACH QUESTION CAREFULLY BEFORE ANSWERING. ANY FORM NOT FILLED OUT APPROPRIATELY AND ACCURATELY WILL BE DENIED

Just have a question or comment? Email Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews directly at amysbookshelfreviews@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

VIDEO PITCH BOOK REVIEW REQUESTS

Amy's Bookshelf Reviews is introducing a new way to make a request. The author can create a video (2 minutes  max) and request a review. So, basically it's a pitch about the author's book, when it's going to be released (or has been released) and what genre it fits in.) 

You fill out the "Video Pitch" form, and put in the link of your video. I will watch the video and respond. I will also save the pitch video on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews YouTube Channel.

This is not something you have to do, but I am trying my best to be more personable with authors and the other professionals I work with. 

So, you create the video. You upload it on your YouTube Channel. You can have it as private, unlisted or public. You copy and paste the link into the Video Pitch form below. I will view the video, and then respond to you with information. It's no cost to do a Video Pitch, but it can be more personal, and also tell me why I should read your book. 

If you don't want to upload it to YouTube, and want to send it to me directly, let me know in the form, and I'll give you the Google Drive information to upload your video to. (Do NOT send videos via email).

Also, if you decide to have a video review (I have several options) or a book trailer (I also make those as well), I'd be glad to add your pitch to that video, but that's up to you. (There are fees for having video reviews or book trailers, but adding your pitch video would not cost extra). 

https://writeramyshannon.wixsite.com/bookshelfreviews/fryt-information-and-ordering 

 
 

QUICK RESPONSE REQUESTS
(future release date reviews)


Only use the QUICK RESPONSE Request form if you have an UPCOMING RELEASE DATE and want a review posted on that date. 

  • Release date must be at least the YEAR ENDING IN AT LEAST 2022 or greater).

  • When filling out the form, DO NOT use all caps. Use proper sentence case.

  • ​Only request a review for one book. (You can add books at a later time.)

  • ​Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews validates all release dates, so be sure to be accurate.

  • Do not add URLS or website links of any kind in any of the fields.
    ​Any form that does not follow the requirements, will be returned to the author.

  • Optional "Release Celebration" [morning of the release (around 8:00 AM EST), a post will run on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews and The Official Blog of Amy Shannon about the release of your book. For a small donation of $40, the post will "celebrate" the release of the author's work on both blogs. At 8:00 AM on The Official Blog of Amy Shannon and then at 8:30 AM on Amy's Bookshelf Reviews.] 

NEW REVIEW REQUEST FORM

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 STANDARD NEW AUTHORS BOOKSHELF.

​Cutting the line: (Getting on a higher shelf) (See Donation document for more details)

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

​​​Double check your email address, as that is the only way Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews can contact you. Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews has gotten undeliverable emails because of typos in the email address field.