Book Review Policy

Now accepting requests for book reviews

…with caveats.

I have opened up afterterra.com to reviews requested by other writers, especially independent authors. I want to give something back into the independent writing community, a place that is difficult to survive, let alone thrive, in. At the same time this gives me a chance and a good reason to read more, and learn from what others are doing.

In sticking with the general theme of the site and to satisfy my own interest, I am currently only interested in submissions in the science fiction genre. I do read other genres, however this is a new thing for me and I want to keep it focused. I don’t care about the levels of sex/violence/blood&gore/drug use, etc., so trigger warnings aren’t really necessary (unless you’ve written something so obscene it will make me explode like a bad guy in Outland). Just keep it to science fiction.

Please keep in mind that I am offering to review completed works; this is not supposed to be a method by which to get feedback on a “finished” work that in reality is a still a work in progress. If you would like feedback on an unreleased work or would like proofreading done, I do offer these services, though this is not free, unlike my reviews.

On that note, I will not accept payment for reviews, and no offers you make, not even a trip to Risa, will entice me otherwise. You can of course pledge to me on Patreon, buy one of my books, or donate to me directly if you like what I do in general and want to support me, however doing this won’t change my review of your book if you submit a request to me. My thoughts are always going to be honest and constructive as possible, and I try to be insightful about something I’m covering, even if I didn’t think it was the best thing in the history of ever.

Book reviews will receive a blog post here, and I will also leave a review on Amazon if your work is for sale there.

If you see reviews posted by me covering works in other genres, keep in mind that it’s probably because I sought it out of my own volition, or possibly because I know the author in real life and like and want to support what they create. I will still be reviewing works that are traditionally published if I have a personal interest in them and want to talk about it on my site.

Please send requests to coldspringauthor@gmail.com and be sure to explicitly state what you are looking for in the subject line (as in a review, or proofreading/editing request).

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