Review Policy

Hi! I’m Beth and I’m a book blogger. I began my blog, I Sniff Books, in February 2014. I receive complimentary books, art supplies, and stationary items from USA and overseas publishers and manufacturers in exchange for review.

I do not receive monetary compensation for my reviews nor do I use affiliate links.

Book Format: I only accept physical copies of books. I do not use NetGalley. I do not accept digital advance copies, e-books, or PDF files.

Review Times: Please note that review times may vary depending on many factors such as other reviews I have to do, my own personal reading schedule, life events, and when the book (or product) arrives. It is very beneficial to send the book as far in advance as possible so I can strive to publish my review on or slightly before the book’s on-sale date. When a book arrives within just days or just a week or two before the book’s official on-sale date, I cannot guarantee that my review will be published in a timely manner.

Unsolicited Items: I am very grateful for the opportunity to review but please do not send unsolicited items. An unsolicited item is an item that I did not not specifically request or agree to accept. It is always best to disclose the item to me so I can determine if the item is a good match with my interests and the interests of my readers. It is at my discretion if I will review an unsolicited item — I usually do not.

Reviews are posted to my blog and goodreads and may be cross-posted to a retailer website upon request.

Part 1: BOOK REVIEWS

Please note that my acceptance of a book does not guarantee a review.

I give honest book reviews based on my own subjective opinion.  I am very careful in selecting books myself and/or accepting titles that a publicist pitches to me. I select and/or accept the books because I think I will very much enjoy them and thus, hopefully, can provide a favorable and glowing review.

However, despite careful selection, the content of the book (whether it’s a work of fiction, coloring book, cookbook, etc…) may not be as expected. Please be aware that when this happens no review will be written or I may write an unfavorable review.

What Kinds of Books I Read: I’ll give any book a go because I’m always on the search for a great story but there are just some genres and themes that just don’t click with me: I do not read romance, chick lit, beach reads, erotica, westerns, paranormal, zombie, vampire, apocalypse, dystopia, horror, thriller, business, politics, self-help, or poetry titles. I generally do not read or review self-published books.

What Kinds of Coloring Books I Like: I love art that is cute and kawaii, weird and quirky, and anime/manga inspired. I like comic book, Scandinavian, color-by-numbers, literary and fairy tale, doodle art, and fantasy themed coloring books. I also like coloring books with imagery that can transport me to another time and place. I also like introducing my readers to international artists. I am open to reviewing coloring books that were self-published.

I do not like coloring books filled with the following imagery: mandalas, abstract or geometric patterns, wallpaper or repeating image patterns, zen doodles or zentangles, flowers, butterflies, grayscale, words or quotes, horror, or pin-ups.

Book Review Format: Reviews will include an image of the book’s cover, book meta data, synopsis (sometimes), my subjective opinion, non-affiliate where-to-buy links, website and social media links for the author and publisher, and a disclosure statement. Interior pages are watermarked with text and/or have a pen laying across the page to protect copyright. Coloring book reviews will often feature a silent video flick-through of the book and also include a coloring-in-progress or completed coloring photo. Cookbook reviews will often include photos of prepared dishes.

Part 2: PRODUCT REVIEWS

Please note that my acceptance of a product does not guarantee a review.

I primarily review coloring supplies and stationary items but am open to suggestions.

I give honest product reviews based on my own subjective opinion. I am very careful in selecting products myself and/or accepting product that a publicist pitches to me. I select and/or accept the products because I think I will very much enjoy using them and thus, hopefully, can provide a favorable and glowing review.

However, despite careful selection, my expectations may not be met because the product may not perform as expected. Please be aware that when this happens no review will be written or I may write an unfavorable review.

Product reviews will include a photo(s) of the product, color swatches, technical details, my subjective opinion, non-affiliate where-to-by links, website and social media links for the manufacturer, and a disclosure statement.

Coloring Supply Product Tie-in with Coloring Books: If I love the product, I will prominently feature the product in a coloring book review — there is a chance the product could be featured multiple times. If I feature the product in a coloring book review, the coloring book review will contain a link back to the product review.

Please note: Do not send scented pencils, pens, or markers. I only accept “new-in-box” product to review — I do not accept slightly used product.

Part 3: GIVEAWAYS 

I am glad to host a giveaway on my blog for your book, coloring book, or product. I will handle all the logistics of the giveaway in exchange for the publisher/manufacturer shipping the item directly to the winner. Items should be shipped in a timely manner — preferably no later than five business days after I share the winner’s contact information with you — and with some kind of tracking number. (If you prefer to tuck an extra copy inside the parcel and have me ship the item, please disclose to me in advance.)

Review policy created April 2014 and is subject to revision. 

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