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Q: What genres do you review?
A: We mainly review horror fiction, but we also review some paranormal fiction, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and, very occasionally, horror genre related nonfiction. We have separate sections for adult horror, teen horror and paranormal fiction, and scary stories for kids. Please keep this in mind when submitting an inquiry for review. Your legal thriller, true crime novel, time-travel romance, or heartbreaking literary novel may be an incredible piece of writing, but you’ll want to look elsewhere for review.
Q: Can I send you my book/email you my ebook?
A: Please email us with an inquiry first. If you’re an author contacting us directly, please provide us with your name, the name of the book, and a brief description of the book in your request before sending us anything else. Yes, we have received emails requesting reviews of books that have left out this information. We will pass this information directly on to our reviewers. In most cases, they choose what they want to review based on the information you send us. The description should give us a reasonably good idea of what the book is about. “An ancient evil lurks in the lake” isn’t enough. What kind of evil? Nessie? A mermaid of doom? Cthulu tadpoles? If we receive a book or ebook that we have not solicited or agreed to review, we may not review it.
Q: Do you review children’s books?
A: Absolutely. Our Scary Books for Kids page is one of the most visited parts of the site. Books reviewed on that page are for ages 12 and under.
Q: Do you review ebooks?
A: Yes, we review ebooks. If you are submitting an ebook, please include information about the format available in your inquiry. Not all of our reviewers will read ebooks, so you may have to wait longer for a review. At one point, we accepted ebooks into a “PDF queue” with the understanding that we would try to get the title reviewed, with no guarantee. If your book was accepted for the PDF queue, and has not yet received a review, at this point you should not expect one. If we accept an ebook for review now, I will contact you and let you know that we have a reviewer for your book.
Q: Do you review books by self-published/independent authors?
A: Yes. However, please respect the time of both our reviewers and our audience. All self-published books should be edited by an objective third party before you request a review. We prefer that you have a human being look over the book even if you have already run it through an editing computer program. If you submit a book to us that is riddled with errors, we reserve the right to refuse to review the book. Say that five times fast.
Q: Will you give me feedback on my book?
A: We are a review site. Any feedback you receive will be through the review, once it is published on the site.
Q: Will you publish my unsolicited poem or short story?
A: No. We are a review site, not a publisher.
Q: Will you review my individual poem or short story?
A: We do not review individual poems or short stories. We do review poetry collections, short story collections, and novella-length works. By novella-length, we mean the work must be at least 17,500 words long, the criterion provided by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Yes, we know science fiction and fantasy are not horror, but to our knowledge the HWA hasn’t provided one specific to the horror genre.
Q: Do you review magazines?
A: Occasionally. However, we do not review each individual issue of a magazine. Contact me at email@example.com if you have questions.
Q: How long will it take for my book to be read and reviewed?
A: If we commit to a date, such as when we are asked to participate in a blog tour, or as part of a special project, then we will do our very best to stick to it. Otherwise, please understand that we have a considerable backlog and when a book gets reviewed is really dependent on the time and energy our reviewers have available to read and review books. Everyone who contributes to the site is a volunteer, so please understand I cannot guarantee you a timely review unless I commit to a deadline.
Q: I sent you an email a month ago and never heard back. What’s up?
A: This is an all-volunteer effort, and sometimes things slip through the cracks. Also, our spam filter has from time to time sent review requests to our spam folder. It’s also possible that we are trying to find a reviewer for your book before contacting you so you can send it directly to them. If you haven’t heard back from us within a month, you can send us a second email. Please try to be pleasant, though. We are doing the best we can.
Q: Why do you review books that libraries can’t easily get ahold of?
A: Short answer: Because libraries, librarians, and readers will never learn about many great (or not so great) horror titles if all of a library’s books are ordered through a wholesaler like Baker and Taylor or Ingram, or if the reader’s main source for fiction is a retail (or sometimes even online) bookstore. Yes, this IS the short answer. We will provide a longer, more detailed rationale when we have the time and energy to do so. And it will be much longer. You’ll love reading it. I promise.
Q: Where are you based?
A: We are getting more overseas requests, particularly from the U.K. Just be aware that we are based in the good old USA. We’ll review books sent to us from other places, but please make sure you have the rights to send it to us here, or contact the U.S. publisher of the book.
Q: Do you do interviews/accept guest blog posts?
A: Yes, from time to time. We do not interview everyone who is available for one- again, we are volunteers and we have limited time and energy. I would love to be able to pay people what they’re worth, but that would be impossible– we barely cover our hosting fees.
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Q: I’d like to be a reviewer for MonsterLibrarian.com. How does that work?
A: We are always looking for reviewers. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. I promise, you’ll totally make my day.
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