Review Policy

Authors and Publishers, I'm happy to review any picture books, early readers, or transitional chapter books. I review some middle grade and young adult books. Please read my review policy below before sending a request via email.

Type of Book: I will not accept self-published books. I will not accept ebooks. I will accept ARCs, Uncorrected Proofs, Galleys, or final books (hardcover or paperback). Any books I receive will not be sold, they will be added to my school library or donated to classroom libraries in my school.  Note on Series Books: I love series books, as do my students, but if you are requesting a review on a series in which I have not read the first book, I will ask that you send a copy of that as well in order to do a complete review. Acceptance of a book does not guarantee a review or post about the book. I have to read a book first to determine if I enjoy it and can recommend it to others.

Time Frame: I will try my best to review your book in a timely manner. Please understand that I am a working teacher with lessons to plan and essays to grade along with reading books and blogging about them, so I do need a 2-3 month lead time for specific date requests. If there is a specific time you would like the book review to be posted, please let me know and I will do my best to make it happen; however, I am not able to make an absolute guarantee.  I will make every attempt to post my review near the release date for ARCs I receive and as soon as possible for already released books. Please realize that I am an avid promoter of adolescent literacy and the books supporting young adults, so I will do everything I can to help promote books that I feel are valuable no matter when I read them. *If I post an ARC review a few months early to build buzz, I will usually repost it closer to the release date.

What's in the Review: Often my recommendation posts are aimed at thematic text sets or usage for groups of books for teachers and librarians. Most likely your book will be included with read-alikes to promote wider usage in schools. My reviews sometimes include the title and author, the publisher summary, picture of the cover, and my thoughts on the book.  My reviews will be honest and straight-forward and always based on my opinions and feelings about the book while explaining why I liked it and possibly what I felt could have been stronger so that others will know if they might enjoy it. My goal is to recommend books to readers, so I do no longer post negative reviews.

Where Reviews are Posted: I post all my reviews here and link to them from Twitter. I will also post them on Goodreads (after the review posts) and Amazon or Barnes & Noble (after the release date).

Extras: I would be happy to participate in blog tours, giveaways, or author interviews as well. However, I will not commit to any extras until after I have read the book to ensure that I can be enthusiastic in fully endorsing it, unless it is an author or series I have read or publisher I have worked with before. Please contact me with specific requests.

Disclaimer: If I accept a book for review, it is not a guarantee that I will read and review the book. If I start a book that I'm not able to get in to, I probably will not spend the time to finish it and therefore there won't be a review. If I do not like a book and cannot recommend it, I will not post about it. However, I make every effort to give every book I receive a mention through twitter and books I don't finish are usually passed along to other teachers/librarians.

Thank you for considering Heise Reads & Recommends to review your book! 
Please contact me at: heisereads{@}
Twitter: @heisereads

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