Hello there! If you didn’t already know, my name is Vay; I’m the creator/owner and sole contributor to The Rebel Christian. Before you read any further I want to thank you so much for visiting my website in search of a book review! Some of you may have noticed a few changes to the website; there is a new section for Beta-reading, Proof-reading, and Editing. This exciting new addition comes with a small fee and is not to be confused with this section which is for free book reviews. So make sure you're in the right section before reading on!
I’d like to share my joy with you in making it into the Top 100 Christian Book Review Blogs! I’m so very happy and I give all credit to Christ alone. You can take a closer look at the list by clicking the link above—make sure you scroll down to find The Rebel Christian at number 30. Additionally, my blog is also listed on The Indie View which you can find here. I have also been added to the 2018 Book Reviewer Yellow Pages which you can access by clicking here.
PLEASE read this entire page before sending a query. I know its lengthy but I receive a ton of review requests everyday so I need a lot of organization and cooperation from everyone. It is very important for you to know what I am interested in and how to contact me if you think you have something I might like. Please be aware: if you do not follow the following guidelines I will delete your query without reading it.
First and foremost, if you couldn't tell from the title, this is a Christian blog, HOWEVER, I read books in multiple genres. Please don't think your work has to be explicitly Christian or even religious at all for me to consider. Also, I am a strong supporter of Indie/Self-published authors so please mention if you’re new to the game! Traditionally published authors are also welcome.
Just a note, which I will further explain below, I have a long list of books to review; if you send me a request now I will not be able to get to your book for at least one month. If that's fine with you then continue scrolling for the rest of my guidelines.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Review Request' in the subject line.
Include the Title of your work(s)
Include your Pen Name
Include the Genre
Please read below to see what genres I review
Include the Word Count and a Short Blurb
Subscribe to my blog either through email or RSS.
I ask you to do this because it is the only way I will notify you when your review is posted. If you subscribe—and I choose to review your work—your book will be featured in my monthly newsletter which is sent to over 300 readers who will be provided with a link to read the review. You are more than welcome to unsubscribe once your review has been posted.
Link to subscribe is at the bottom of every page on the website.
Please let me know that you have subscribed.
Subscribing is not mandatory and will not guarantee a review but if you do not subscribe and you do receive a review from me, you will not be featured in the monthly newsletter or notified when the review is posted.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO
DO NOT request an interview or other promotional services from me.
I only provide book reviews. If I decide I am interested in an interview or other service I will offer it to you.
DO NOT ask me to buy your book.
I only review books that are provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I can accept PDF, mobi, ePub files, and even print copies for review.
If you are only offering print copies please state that in your email and I will provide you with my address if I choose to review your work.
Please do not ask me to pay for shipping if you are mailing a print copy of your book.
DO NOT send me a link to download your work.
UNLESS it is a link to Amazon, Smashwords, or another retail website and is free of charge.
I ONLY accept PDF, mobi, or ePub. I will not read books off your blog, or download a dropbox app. If you cannot send a PDF, mobi, or ePub via email then please do not ask me to review your book.
DO NOT send me any attachments until I ask.
This includes a copy of your book, cover photos, previews/commercials for your book, etc.
Any queries sent with files attached will be deleted unopened.
DO NOT include your press release or other reviews in your queries.
A simple blurb is all I’m interested in reading about your book.
WHAT I AM INTERESTED IN
Vampires, Demons, and Fallen Angels are all welcome here!
Please no ghosts, cyborgs, or aliens.
The Help, The Secret History, Mudbound, and The Great Gatsby are some of my favorite books. Anything along those lines will catch my eye, though I’m very drawn to southern books and anything set before 1980.
Particularly YA Contemporary, Fantasy, or Romance. Anything like Eleanor & Park, Forbidden, or Red Queen.
Gone Girl—or anything like Gillian Flynn’s work.
Diverse books are welcome here! Bring me your biracial romance, show me a YA Fantasy with a minority cast—not just the lead character! Female leads will always catch my eye and I’d love to see more books featuring physically and, especially, mentally/psychologically/emotionally challenged characters. Holding a Bachelors in Psychology, I would love to see something that explores the tough topics: depression, suicide, even addiction—particularly in YA books but adult fiction is welcome too.
WHAT I AM NOT INTERESTED IN
I am willing to bend the rules a little but I am absolutely NOT interested in the following genres...
Books Longer than 150k words IN ANY GENRE.
It is unfortunate that I must include this now, but I am no longer willing to accept queries for books longer than 150k words—even if it is in a genre I enjoy. Fantasy is NOT an exception. Please do not query me for work longer than 150k words.
Non-Fiction of ANY genre
This includes Christian books. PLEASE stop querying me for Bible studies, memoirs, and prayer guides.
This includes excessive foul language, graphic scenes of sex, graphic violence, etc.
The key term here is graphic. Violence, sex, and foul language may be included in your work, I am not interested in graphic details of it.
Biblical Fiction is acceptable
As you already know, this website is geared toward the Christian community, while I do accept queries from secular authors I am not willing to read any books that contain hateful language towards the Christian faith.
If you feel your book falls in the grey area of my guidelines just send a request anyway and I'll look over it. Some authors have pointed out particular chapters they think I should skip, others even include quotes from their book in their query to give me an idea of the content. That's perfectly OK to do.
What you can expect from me as a reviewer...
My reviews will be 100% honest and I post them to Amazon and Goodreads in addition to my website. If you subscribe to The Rebel Christian, and I choose to review your work, your book will be featured in my monthly newsletter with a link to the review. This newsletter is sent to over 300 readers so if you have not subscribed please find the link at the bottom of this page!
If you've visited my Book Reviews page then you should be able to tell I pay close attention to the works I choose to read. If I love it then I'll let you know, if I don't then I'll let you know, but don't worry! I've been through the self-publishing game. I know how hard it is to put yourself out there like this. I believe in being honest because I don't want to fool anyone into reading something they will not enjoy but I also believe in kindness. While you may not always get the review you're hoping for, you can trust that I will never be harsh or rude to any author. Writing is my passion too, I understand every joy, every hour of hard work, and every flicker of hope that goes into this process. You can trust that I will have the utmost respect for your work even if it isn't something I end up enjoying.
That being said, while I may not enjoy someone's work, I will always give the reason behind my dislike of the content. Always expect an explanation! That's what helps us grow, right? Basically.... Don't be afraid, I won't bite XD
I have many requests and a list of books to read. If you submit a request today I won't be able to post a review for 4 weeks or later but you're still welcome to join the list.
If I am interested in reviewing your work then I will contact you within two-four weeks of receiving your request. If you don't hear back from me within that time frame then unfortunately I have not chosen to read your work but you are welcome to contact me regarding a different book.
All authors are welcome to post excerpts from my review to their own websites, Twitter, Facebook pages, or wherever else. All I ask is that you also include a link back to my website for the full review. The more traffic I get, the more exposure you get. So we both win.
If I have agreed to review your work but you have not received your review from me after 4 weeks feel free to send a follow-up email. I sometimes get off track with my own writing, editing, or just plain old life. I've also noticed that queries/attachments from authors with their own email tend to get sent straight to the spam box. If you have a unique email like Jackson@JacksonBlog.com your query, or your book file, is more likely to get lost in my inbox. If you can, try to contact me from a simpler email like Yahoo, Gmail, etc.
That's all I have to say for now!
Thanks in advance for your cooperation!