IMPORTANT NOTICE: I am currently closed to beta reading requests. Beta reading is dear to my heart and I do plan on re-opening this year, but I cannot currently fulfill any obligations to read, evaluate, and make suggestions for your book.
I read at least 3 books a month, and 4 months of the year are dedicated to “Indie” books. At the moment, my 2021 slots are filled. I can take more books but do not guarantee a blog post. Recent increases in the number of requests may mean an unfortunate delay in turnaround time, as well.
I will be truthful no matter what, but if I don’t like your book, I will send you an email beforehand and refrain from posting anything on my blog, Goodreads, or Amazon unless requested otherwise. I will mark any book as “read” on Goodreads, but I will not make a review of an indie book unless it’s 4 or 5 stars. Since I can’t necessarily contact unsolicited reads, indie books that I find on my own are not subject to these strictures and may be reviewed like any other book on my blog, but I will only do 4 or 5 star reviews on Goodreads or Amazon for those. If I like your book, I won’t ask if it’s ok to publish and will put it on any site I wish. I will also rate on Amazon and Goodreads.
Lastly, if your book has 20+ reviews, I will rate on Amazon or Goodreads regardless of the rating. This is because you’ve already gained a bit of cushion, and sometimes a bad review is just as good as a good review to have for your book once you’ve gotten far enough. Below 20 reviews, it’s like a kick while you’re down, which is why I make this distinction.