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Review Policy: Review service closed due to ill-health

Jack Messenger review policy

Review service closed due to ill-health

I love to read great fiction and I enjoy writing reviews. I always try to be fair and positive, and offer constructive criticism where appropriate. However, my reviews are reviews, not sales promotions, so, when necessary, I will discuss weaknesses in a book and occasionally give a bad review. Integrity requires honesty, and bad reviews indicate that good reviews are hard won and genuine. If I find a problem that prevents me from giving any kind of review (e.g. awful copyediting/proofreading) I shall stop immediately and email the author.

I tend not to post negative reviews as widely as positive ones. Needless to say, I do not charge for a review.

Please note I only review:

  • Literary/intelligent contemporary fiction (by which I mean ambitious non-genre novels for adults [no YA] interested in good non-formulaic writing that illuminates us and our world and is not focused on plot).
  • I can sometimes be persuaded to read biography, memoir, history and serious non-fiction, but I am not interested in poetry or work with a religious agenda.

Requests from independent authors and small presses are especially welcome, and ebooks are fine. I receive a lot of requests for reviews, so I do not reply to those who, in my judgement, have clearly not read this review policy and submitted something inappropriate. Emails stuffed with grammatical errors or impersonally copied to multiple addresses save me a lot of time, as they go straight into the bin.

Send me an email at jackmessenger39[at]gmail[dot]com or complete the contact form below and tell me the title and word-count of your book for review, plus a link to wherever it is available. If you have a summary of your book, with characters’ names, that you can send me, all the better. If there is no extract from the book available online (Amazon’s Look Inside, for example), please send me an extract yourself. I’ll contact you once I’ve looked at everything and let you know if I can or cannot provide a review. If I can, then I shall ask you to send me a mobi or ePub file that I can read on Kindle or iBooks. I’m usually a fast reader, so turnaround times should be quite short, but I will provide an estimate of the time it will take and tell you if that changes.

I post a review on this blog and anywhere else requested. I usually post on Goodreads and Amazon. My reviews are also published by Compulsive Reader and appear on Messenger’s Bookshelf at the Midwest Book Review. Shorter versions of selected reviews are published by the Independent Book Review. Links to my reviews appear on Indie View. Reviews are also pinned to Pinterest.

I look forward to hearing from you and reading some wonderful work!

Brigitte Lee Messenger should be your go-to copyeditor:

Other great review sites

www.mcneilsreviews.com:  reviews non-fiction

www.compulsivereader.com: focused on literary fiction and poetry

vulpeslibris: literary fiction

www.genuinejenn.com: all kinds of book reviews

The Bandwagon: books and feminism

Readers’ Favorite: free reviews for all genres of fiction and non-fiction

IndependentBookReview.com: reviews books by small presses and independent authors

www.theindieview.com: lists reviewers for independent authors

WinningWriters.com: an online resource site with contests and markets for creative writers

My credits  and GDPR-compliant privacy policy page is here.


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Jack Messenger's novel Farewell Olympus is also at WhizbuzzDisclosure Policy

This disclosure policy is valid from 22 January 2018

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact me.

I write for my own purposes. However, I may be influenced by my background, occupation or experience. With the exception of two affiliate links to retailers via ‘Purchase Options’ buttons at the end of reviews, plus the two Readers’ Favorite banners above, this blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship or paid insertions. My affiliations are based on my own experience of them as a writer, and I would have recommended them anyway.

The owner of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owner’s. If I claim or appear to be expert on a certain topic or product or service area, I will only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.

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  1. Thanks for listing me 🙂 I’m flattered and honoured.

  2. So great to see a book review blog that specifies contemporary and literary fiction. Not too many out there :-D.

    Tam May

  3. Kevin G. Chapman

    March 12, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Thanks for running a blog for contemporary fiction. Much needed and much appreciated.

  4. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Jack!

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