Review Policies/Contact

Rating System:

All reviews end with a number of stars out of five.  Here’s what these approximately mean:

1 out of 5 stars–This is insanely, infinitely bad.  Save yourself and stay away from it!

2 out of 5 stars–meh

3 out of 5 stars–Average.  I didn’t hate it and didn’t love it.  You might love it or hate it. Use your own discretion.

4 out of 5 stars–I really liked this a lot.

5 out of 5 stars–ZOMG I LOVED THIS!

Product Review Requests:

I am pleased to accept products for review if it is something that I know I will use.  

If you have a product you think I might be interested in reviewing, please send me an email with the details at opinionsofawolf[at]gmail[dot]com with the subject line “Product Review Request: [product name].”  I will get back to you with a yes or no as soon as possible.  My most recent product review may be found here.

Thank you for your interest!

Important Note: Books do not count as products. See the specific “Book Review Request” section below if you wish to pitch a book to me. Do NOT email me book requests.

Book Review Requests:

I am open to review requests February 1st, 2017 through December 15th, 2017 for books to be reviewed in 2018!

This is how the review request process works on Opinions of a Wolf:

  1. You read this page thoroughly to determine if your book is potentially a good match for me.
  2. If it is, fill out the submission form.  I do NOT accept submissions via comments or emails.
  3. Between December 15th and 30th, I go over the submissions and determine which ones I will accept.  The number I accept will depend upon both the number that interest me, and the number I feel comfortable committing my time to in 2018.
  4. I send out acceptance emails to all the accepted authors/publishers anytime between December 1st and January 8th.
  5. By January 15th, accepted authors/publishers reply to this email either with a copy of the ebook or confirmation that they have sent out the print book to me.  If I do not hear back from accepted authors/publishers by January 15th, the review acceptance will be rescinded.
  6. By January 31st, I will write a post right here announcing the books I have accepted for review.  This means that if you are accepted for review, you have the potential for three instances of publicity: 1) the announcement 2) the review 3) a giveaway (if you request one AND your book receives 3 stars or more in the review).  You may view 2017’s announcement post here.  I highly recommend checking it out, as it reveals some interesting data on genres that have many versus few submissions.

Review Policies:

I only accept review requests from indie authors!  Indie authors are defined (by me) as self-published or backed by a small, independent publishing house.  I believe in, and am a big supporter of, putting the power of the written word back in the hands of authors and readers.  Plus, as an indie author myself, it’s good karma. 😉

The exceptions to this rule are: 1) if you are a non-indie author or publisher and your book is on my wishlist or in a series I am actively reading, please feel free to offer it up to me and 2) books I request myself, either via contacting you or via NetGalley 3) If I have previously read a book you wrote and gave it 4 or 5 stars, you may contact me about new publications for reviews at any time. Please mention this prior book review in the subject line of your email.

I am particularly interested in books by GLBTQA and/or women authors.
(#lgbtlit #womenauthors #ownvoices)

Formats I accept:

  • kindle compatible ebooks of any type EXCEPT pdfs
  • print books

Genres I prefer:

  • Scifi
    • especially: post-apocalyptic, dystopian, robots/ai, cyberpunk, transhumanism, and space exploration
  • Fantasy (including urban fantasy)
  • Paranormal, western, or contemporary romance
  • Mysteries

    • especially cozies and noir
  • Chick lit

    • especially: humorous or with soap opera/telenovella/all my circuits levels of plot twists
  • Historical fiction
  • Horror
    • especially the occult and psychological
  • Nonfiction ONLY in the following categories:
    • GLBTQA
    • health and fitness
    • history
    • memoirs
  • New Adult (NA)
  • GLBTQA in any of the above listed genres
    • especially it with an out bisexual character

Genres I will always say no to:

  • Christian/religious/inspirational fiction and nonfiction
  • Self-help
  • Parenting
  • YA (fiction and nonfiction) –> Please note I do not consider NA to be YA and will accept NA.
  • Children’s literature (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Anything homophobic/biphobic/transphobic
  • Thrillers
  • Short story collections
  • Graphic novels.

All of my reviews of review copies are cross-posted to Twitter, Tumblr, GoodReads, LibraryThing, and Amazon, although the Amazon posts come in spurts as I have the spare time to do them.  Due to Smashwords’s policy that one must have bought the book there in order to review it, I can only cross-post my reviews there if a Smashwords coupon code was provided along with the review copy. Books also have the potential to be featured/mentioned on my Snapchat and Instagram, although those mentions are not guaranteed and are based on my experiences and inclinations when reading the books.

I reserve the right to did not finish (dnf) a review copy. If that happens, I will limit my review to a dnf review on GoodReads and LibraryThing only. You may see all of my dnf reviews here.

Further note, please understand that my readers have come to trust me for my honest reviews.  If you don’t want to risk getting a 1 or 2 star review, don’t send to me, as I’m not afraid of giving them where I feel they are warranted.  For examples of 1 star reviews, see here, here, and here.  For examples of 2 star reviews, see here, here, and here.

Conversely, if I love a book, I will promote it like crazy both to spread a good story to others and to support the author!  For examples of 5 star reviews, see here, here, and here.  🙂

Thank you for your interest!

New Release Fridays

If you are an indie author or publisher, this is a chance to generate buzz and interest for your book from a readership interested specifically in your genre or content. The buzz on your posting day will also cross-post to my twitter, as well as to a dedicated Pinterest board (similar to my books reviewed Pinterest boards) of new releases featured here.

The New Release Friday posts feature:

  • Book cover –> I am happy to be the official cover reveal, if you wish.
  • Book blurb
  • Genre and content note
    • If the book contains GLBTQ content or would be a good read for the Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge, this will be noted, as these are two content areas that are of particular interest to my readership.
    • Trigger warning note for books containing rape or attempted rape.
  • One paragraph from the author on what makes this book unique/stand-out/a different read than you will generally find within that genre.
  • Optional: One paragraph from the author on a topic of their choice (their writing process, why an issue in the book is important to them, etc…) (This paragraph is optional).
  • Optional: Coupon code or price reduction or note that the book is free.
    • Coupon codes can range from 25% to 100% off for readers of this blog and may be for a duration of 24 hours to 7 days.
    • If you are on a platform that does not allow coupon code generation, then you may reduce the price for a range from 25% to 100% off for a minimum of the day your post goes live, but this reduction may continue for up to a total of 7 days.
  • Link to buy the book.

Because I am doing you a service and, unlike when I review ARCs, I am not getting a book in exchange for this service, I will be charging a fee for these posts. Currently the fee will be $5, payable via PayPal, but this fee will change over time dependent upon the readership of the blog and as the feature grows.

Additionally, because I wish to tailor the content of my blog, only books within the following genres will be featured:

  • Chick Lit
  • Detective / Film Noir
  • Fantasy (including urban)
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Nonfiction – Cookbooks
  • Nonfiction – GLBTQ
  • Nonfiction – Health and Fitness
  • Nonfiction – History
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Scifi
  • Western Romance

Authors and publishers interested in being featured on New Release Friday should fill out the form found here a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the Friday you wish to be featured.

Within 1 week of submission, I will get back to you and let you know if I think your book is a good match for my readership.  If it is, you will need to provide me with, in addition to what was on the form:

  1. A buy link for the post
  2. A jpg of your book cover
  3. One paragraph from the author on what makes this book unique/stand-out/a different read than you will generally find within that genre.
  4. Optional: one paragraph from the author on a topic of their choice (their writing process, why an issue in the book is important to them, etc…)
  5. Optional: A  coupon code for Opinions of a Wolf readers (not necessary if your book is free)
  6. $5 via PayPal

All of the above will be due one week before the post schedule date aka the Friday before you wish the post to be published.  If you do not provide me with these 6 items one week before the post is to be published, you forfeit your right to be featured on the blog.

  1. April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    P.S. Your rating system is brilliant!

    • April 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

      Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you like it.

  2. October 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    My request for a review is composed, saved to my drafts, and patiently waiting to be sent, as it eagerly anticipates the pending clock’s striking approval by howling midnight on December 1st, 2011.

    • October 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

      Haha! I hope it lives up to the antici…..pation. 😉

  3. March 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Ha, it’s March 2012 now. Seems like a goot time to pitch (though – when I look at your “bottom of the pile” challenge I wonder how you can handle it. You must be reading like mad).
    Cheers and greetings from Switzerland

    • March 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      Oh hey thanks for that! I do need to update this page….

      March sneaked up on me!!

  4. March 2, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Hi! I had a look at the new submission form and there’s a tiny problem with it. Where you tell people to check “none of the above” on the list of genres you don’t review (if they don’t fall on that list anywhere), there isn’t actually a “none of the above” option. 🙂

    • March 2, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thanks! It had had that option…I think Google ate it. It should be fixed now!

  5. March 3, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Thank you! 🙂

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