Review Policy

I started Book Chase in January 2007 because I wanted to discuss books with like-minded people, and could not find a whole lot of those folks in my particular “real world.”  As time went on, I noticed that a lot of us were talking about the same books, and that books by lesser known authors were seldom mentioned or appreciated.  Thankfully, that has changed over the years, with many book bloggers doing a wonderful job in spreading the news about debut novels and worthy authors still struggling to find their audience.

Working with publishers and authors can be one of the most satisfying aspects of book blogging – but there are limits.  Most bloggers are working jobs, have families, parental obligations, etc. and their blogging and reading time is limited.  I am no exception.

That said, I do read and review an average of at least 120 books a year.  Of that total, I strive for a workable split between books that catch my eye in the library, bookstores, my own shelves – and review copies (perhaps 40-50 ARCs per year).

I love literary fiction, serious historical fiction (especially Civil War fiction), baseball novels, serious westerns, biographies, histories, memoirs, crime fiction, and books about books and reading.

I do not read romance novels, most of what has come to be called “chick-lit,” books specifically designated as Christian fiction, health and fitness books, much science fiction other than time travel, business books, most self-help books, or most art and photography books.

I am always happy to consider books for review purposes, but do not be offended if I do not get back to you directly with a “yes or no.”  It is difficult to keep up with the email proposals and offers I receive, and even though I always try to respond, I don’t always get that job done.

All that said, review enquiries should be addressed to me at: samhouston23@gmail.com

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