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Fashionista Piranha Review Policy

Last revised February 12th, 2015.*

To Authors & Publishers (and anyone else who wants to know):
I am always happy to discuss your current projects with you; feel free to drop me an e-mail at
fashion.piranha @ gmail . com! However, to help you determine if Fashionista Piranha is a good fit, let me tell you a little about myself and how I manage my reviews.

I am a bookseller at Village House of Books in Los Gatos, California, with a background in art history and archaeology museums.  On average I read between one and three books a week, but depending on the time of year this will vary.

I don't review every book I read, but I try to review every book I'm sent to review.  That is, if an author sends me an ARC I will write a review, but if I pick up a used copy of The Scarlet Letter at a used book store, I won't.  I try to be fair in my book reviews, but if I really didn't enjoy a book I can be rather...cranky.  Luckily, this has only happened two or three times since I started sharing my reviews here.  If I think the review might be too harsh, I'll e-mail the author/publicist and if they'd rather I'd not put the review up, I won't.  No harm, no foul.


Books I Usually Enjoy Genres That Don't Always Work Out
Art (both tutorials and history), Fashion, Photography Business - sometimes I love it, sometimes I don't.  It's pretty hit and miss.
Biographies/Memoirs Celebrities/Entertainment.  Fashion designers are the exception.
'Classic' Literature Revisited Horror - violent bloodbaths are a no go
Graphic Novels Mysteries & Thrillers
History + Historical Fiction Poetry
Horror - ghosts and monsters Romance - I like to make fun of it, which is probably not what you're looking for
Literature and Fiction Urban/Hip-Hop fiction
Non-fiction - Fiction that is written for 'women of a certain age' often will not work for me simply because I'm not there yet.
Science Fiction/Fantasy - especially fairy tale revamps - Any genre: Books that have a lot of 'brand name' dropping do not do well here.  It's a real pet peeve.
Travel literature - Any genre: If it's a series, I really prefer to start on the first book.
Young Adult

After finishing a book, if I decide that it is one I don't want to keep I will hold a contest for it here on Fashionista Piranha or I'll give it away to a friend.  I don't sell ARCs.

Fashionista Piranha updates four days a week: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  However, on occasion the blog will be put on hiatus for a week or two if school has gotten too hectic or my work hours have picked up considerably.  This is usually announced through a notice is posted on the blog.  I try to read books in the order I receive them, but if something is not yet published I will hold off posting the review until the month the book appears in stores.

Right now, I'm extremely backed up in my reading, so I can't promise that I'll post reviews by a certain date.  This is why I am not currently able to participate in blog tours/book tours.  I try to e-mail links to my reviews to the author/publicist who sent me the book, but I don't always remember, so feel free to send a follow-up e-mail if you haven't heard from me. 

My reviews will also appear on Amazon, LibraryThing and BookCrossing; if you would like me to post the review somewhere else just let me know!

~Suzi Hough
The Fashion Piranha




* The typing up and codifying of a review policy was inspired by Paula Krapf of Author Marketing Experts, Inc, after she wrote an eloquent article explaining what publicists when they're looking to distribute their precious books.  (I've never worked with her, but one of my friends recommended I check out this particular blog post.)  Since I get a lot of e-mails from different people that are not a strong match with my blog, I'm hoping this will help folks decide if this shoe fits before they slip it on.

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Review policy
Suzi,

Now that I've found you and can read your policy to see what your preferences are, I'll definitely look for chances to work with you. I'm glad my blog post was helpful!

Paula Krapf
fashion_piranha
Mar. 12th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Review policy
Thanks Paula!
ext_138899
Mar. 14th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Great review policy! I was inspired by the same article to write up a policy for my blog.
ext_120059
Mar. 16th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I updated my review policy as well.
sqt
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
I gotta ask, what do you mean by "brand name" dropping in sci-fi/fantasy? I review that genre almost exclusively and I have no idea what you mean...
fashion_piranha
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
It's not in Sci-Fi. The two columns are separate from each other. I might try tweaking the HTML later if that's unclear.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 12th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
His Last Letter
My publicist at Penguin/NAL emailed me that you would like a guest post about what steps I take to transport myself to the Tudor times and places I write about, my challenges and how does my modern American culture influence my view of that time.

How many words do you want and where should I send it? My email is: jwestin@surewest.net. Thank you for your interest in my book.

Jeane Westin
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