Kristy' s Brain Food

My Honest Thought's and Amazing Book Reviews

Requests for Beta Reading Services

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**Thank you for asking for help in the form of using me as your Beta reader. I appreciate your faith and will do my best to advise you well. If you need any references please ask in the comments section of the form. I have been a Beta Reader for about 5 years now.**

 

What to expect from my Beta Reads:

All the read’s I do are supplied are honest, fair and reflect my personal opinions. I know much work and emotion goes into writing every book so I am constructive in my approach and highlight the key aspects which stand out for me such as voice, characterisation, plot and dialogue. I also try to see it from a customers eyes a lasting impression on people so they choose to go purchase your book.

If you wish for me to also review the book and let me know in the comments section. I  would post it at your desired time. You can also choose this option at a later date if you desire it is absolutely o.k. Here is what you can expect if you chose that option.

What to expect from my reviews (If option is added):

All the reviews I publish are honest, fair and reflect my personal opinions. I know much work and emotion goes into writing every book so I am constructive in my approach and highlight the key aspects which stand out for me such as voice, characterisation, plot and dialogue. I also try to impart a lasting impression on people so they choose to go purchase the book.

I want to make sure my reviews are engaging so links to my life, current affairs, author spotlights, book blast, cover reveals, blog tours, guest blog appearances, (soon to be adding: quizzes and giveaways) are just a few of the approaches I may take. If you’ve got a great idea for a fresh approach I could consider, or would like me to write a guest blog, I’d love to hear from you via the ‘Contact Me’ tab on the main page. I also maintain the right to bring in a guest blogger for review. They will follow the same strict format and template I use. I allow them to post the title,author,book cover and statement of guest review on their blog along with a link to take them straight to where the review is originally published.

Genre’s I will Beta: 

  • General fiction
  • Any book in the LGBT classification
  • Romance
  • Menage
  • Thrillers (especially physiological thrillers)
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Paranormal (shifter, vampires, witches,angels/demons, etc.)
  • BDSM
  • Religious or Spiritual
  • Fan fiction
  • Erotica
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Young Adult ( If it is a Middle School Age book , I will use 2 middle school children 1 girl, 1 boy to complete the review for a more authentic opinion)
  • Short story collections/bundles (fiction only though)

What I have to turn down:

* There is nothing wrong with these books, they are just not for me.

  • Books with a political theme
  • Heavy Horror, Horror
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Books with extreme scenes of constant graphic rape and sexual torture.(Human sex trafficking, Human Trafficking )
  • Books which have not been professionally published (does not include sites such as smashwords, createspace, things of that nature) or non-edited/formatted properly .(***If your book is unpublished and doesn’t meet the criteria don’t fret email me and we will talk about doing a review. My goal is to help all authors but with unpublished books I have to do it differently, review will be published though😄)
  • Books which have already been heavily reviewed or debated elsewhere (I’m generally after something a bit different)
  • Books not in the format I require (.mobi, .epub, .pdf, nook, smashwords codes, amazon gift – some are listed only as per caution if a review is requested also)

**The rating will appear under the section titled “Overall Impression”. Any Beta Read or added review can be guaranteed a fair and honest review. I AM NOT PAID TO BETA OR REVIEW ANY BOOKS.**

Where I publish and promote my reviews if option is added:

I publish my reviews on the Kristysbrainfood.com and each is duplicated on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Nobel and different writer’s forums. I also promote the reviews via Twitter, Pintrest, About.me, Ello, LinkedIn, Google +, Tumblr, and Facebook via my personal and community pages. I also will publish a review on any site an author or publisher wishes.

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How to request  a review:

I love reading books and publishing reviews but only have so much time. There’s only one 24-hour days in a year! So, if you have a book you’d like me to consider, please follow the steps below:

 

Step 1. Readying a book for a Beta Read: 

Check out my blog first and make sure I am a good fit.

Ask for references if desired.

Check it fits under one of the areas in the ‘what I love to review’ section.

You can also gauge if your book may be of interest to me by looking at the reviews I’ve already written here.

Step 2. Prepare your Review requests ( If option is added): 

  • Go to home page after notating in this comments form and click on the Book Review Request Tab
  • Complete the form on the page, or if emailing request, make sure Book Review Request is in the subject line.
  • The name of the novel, genre and author.
  • Where the book can be found and purchased.
  • A summary of the novel in up to 150 words and/or the blurb.
  • Social media details of the author.
  • Please let me know if there is a deadline that I’ll need to consider or to respect in scheduling.
  • The name of the novel, genre and author.
  • Where the book can be found and purchased.

Step 3. Submit your request (This applies for both Beta Reads or Reviews): 

Via the form at the bottom of the page, or you can email me with the requirements at: grissom.kristy@gmail.com

**Please fill out the form fully it is important especially if you are wanting to host an event with your review***

 

Step 4. It’s All me!

Acknowledgement:

I will confirm with you within 7 days if accepted.

**All reads or reviews will be completed within 45 days of acceptance, unless a deadline needs to be met or we have a prior agreement at time of acceptance. If my schedule is booked I will let you know and a date will be secured at time of acceptance. 

Sending the full book: 

If I accept and all terms are agreed upon, I will require a full copy in one of the following formats: .mobi, .epub, .pdf, nook, smashwords codes, amazon gift or physical print via mail.

Publication (Reviews only): 

I’ll give you an estimate as to when I will publish the review and will always email you the link.

I promote all reviews through the outlets mentioned earlier in this guide. If you have a specific request for the review to be posted somewhere, let me know and I will try to accommodate you, If you would like to use part of a review for your publicity, I’m normally happy to let you do this, but please contact me to discuss first.

Step 5: Questions

If you have any further questions, please use the space in the comments text box.

If you want to proceed, please fill out the box below. Thanks

 

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