GraveTells Review & Publicity Policy

What we review

GraveTells primarily reviews contemporary genres of romance, including…

  • Paranormal (and urban fantasy)
  • Military (or service-oriented)
  • Western (modern only!)

…but will consider reviewing Science Fiction and other Fantasy as long as it has a strong romance or erotica element.  We also review the following subgenres within the bounds listed above…

  • Young adult
  • Dystopian
  • Erotic romance (straight erotica will be considered but is not preferred)
  • Gay & bi-sexual (primary preference is male/male but we will consider f/f stories as well)
  • BDSM (all levels of intensity, including dubious- or non-consent, with the exceptions listed below)

GT will not accept any submissions that…

  • Are not based in modern times (or don’t have a ‘today’ feel, if set in a dystopian future)
  • Do not contain strong romantic elements (urban fantasy is an exception and is okay to have lighter romance undertones, but must still include some romance)

Short stories, novellas, novels, and anthologies will be considered, and they may contain any level of heat, kink, or degree of violence.  However, we will automatically refuse to review any work containing pedophilia, necrophilia (clarification: vampires generally do not count as necrophilia), bestiality (shifters who are both/all in human form do not count as beastiality – we prefer not to review works featuring human/animal or animal/animal interactions), gratuitous rape portrayed in a positive light (there is a fine line between gratuitous rape and appropriately presented dubious- or non-consent), bodily waste as erotic, or other content we consider objectionable upon reading.

We will accept series books at any point in the series, meaning we’ll consider it whether it’s #1 in your series or #15.  You may request a reviewer who either has or has not read your previous series books in order to target a review for an existing fanbase or for new readers.  If you have a reviewer type preference, please let us know in your submission. If you request a reviewer who has read the precursors to your book to be reviewed, you may need to provide those previous books for our reviewer, and the time frame for your review may need to be pushed out further than its release date (depending on how far in advance you contact us with this request).

We are happy to review existing books that have already been published, new releases or archived.  We do not discriminate against publishing type, so please feel free to submit traditionally published, ePublished, and self-published (Indie) works.  GT also accepts Advanced Reader Copies for review.  We understand that the content of these submissions is not in their final state and small punctuation and spelling mistakes will not negatively affect an ARC review.  For ARC reviews, the author or publisher may request a general time frame for the review to be published on GraveTells.com, but we reserve the right to choose the specific posting date and time in order to help manage our busy review schedule.  If a specific time or day for a review’s posting date is important, please let us know with your submission so we can schedule it accordingly.

Publicity

We support aspiring authors as well as published and established authors, and we understand that publicity is important for book releases and circulation.  To that end, we offer a variety of GraveTells interactive options for authors & publishers to choose from, including (but not limited to – creativity rocks!) Q&A sessions, guest posts on the blog, participation in blog tours, interviews with the actual book characters, and give-aways.

If you would like GT do any publicity (such as promo spots, etc) for your book release during the general time period of our review posting, please also include some of the following with your submission:

  • Short author bio – 100 words or less
  • Links to your blog or website
  • Social networking profiles

If you’re chosen for a promotional spot, we’ll send you a packet of information that has a list of everything we’ll need, so don’t worry about trying to get it all in the submission form… just provide enough information to give us a feel for who you are and what you do.

We generally only do GT-moderated interviews for books that have been chosen for, and received an overwhelmingly positive, review.  However, because we get a lot of submissions and our selection list continues to grow larger each month, we’re happy to provide guest blog spot opportunities (promo spots, author-provided Q&As, etc, and giveaways) for authors whose work may not yet have been chosen for review.  The typical turnaround time for reviews after being submitted and selected is between 3 and 9 weeks, sometimes longer. Guest blog spots are scheduled as far as three months in advance.

The author/agent/publisher (whomever made the initial submission) will receive the direct link for the review either before or when it posts, and has permission to use properly attributed quotes, etc, linking back to GraveTells for marketing purposes as long as the reviewer and site are properly credited (ex: “quote text here” – DaVinciKittie @ GraveTells.com).

Authors are heavily encouraged to comment on their guest blog spots and interact with the readers there.  Failing to do so may result in disqualifying you from further promotion on GraveTells.  You will also be expected to help promote the reviews, guest spots, interviews, and any other GT-sponsored publicity you participate in.  If you sponsor a giveaway, you are expected to send the prizes within 1 week of being notified of the winners list.  Authors are our rock stars and we want to celebrate and contribute to your success, but maintaining a site like this takes a lot of time and effort investment.  We love showcasing authors and strongly believe an all-around team effort is the best way to get the word out to readers.  Help us promote you and engage new readers!

Suggestions for publicizing your review, guest spot, or tour stop on GT:

  • Non-spammy updates (meaning no more than 4 times per day) on Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, or any other social network
  • Link in email signature
  • Link in post signatures for message boards, etc
  • Link on your own blog or website.  (You’re welcome to keep the link up after your review has moved down the page – the link we provide will go specifically to your review.)

Book Tours

In additional to directly working with authors and publishers, GraveTells is also a host for a few online book tour organizations.  If you are interested in working with us and we are not currently on your roster of tour hosts, please fill out the Contact form.  Please note that we prep all our posts for each week on Sunday, so we must have all tour materials by Saturday evening on the week before our scheduled date (even if that date is 7 days away).  Any materials not provided by this deadline may not make it into the final post (or the post might not be published at all, if no materials are received in time).

Note that we schedule promo events 1-3 months in advance, and we have a limited number of available tour spots each week, so the likelihood of GraveTells having an opening for a tour at the last minute, or even a few weeks in advance, is slim.  The further out in advance you can help us plan, the more apt we are to be able to participate.

We also encourage tour companies to help actively promote our post on the day it is scheduled, through various social media and email campaigns.  Having a link to our site on the schedule is great, but it’s not really active publicity and your chances of reaching new readers are much higher if you help us promote the stop.

Contact & Submission

Authors, agents, or publishers may contact GraveTells directly via this contact page, for NON-SUBMISSION inquiries only.  It filters into the primary inbox of DavinciKittie, GT’s adminsitrator, so communication is almost always seen promptly.  Depending on how busy we are, you should expect a response to reasonable contact form submissions within 3 to 7 days, usually sooner (unless we’re just particularly slammed that month – it happens!).  DO NOT SEND REVIEW REQUESTS THROUGH THE CONTACT FORM!

We receive a lot of review requests via our Submission Form and cannot respond to all of them.  If you are selected for a review or guest spot after submitting the review request form, you will be directly contacted at the email you provided on your submission.

We reserve the right to refuse any book for review, based on the information provided at the time of submission. All reviews will be based on our honest opinions and viewpoints, and will not be influenced by anything other than the content of the material submitted.  We try to keep our reviews as positive toward the author as possible, with no personal slander, insults, or insinuations, but please understand that this is very subjective.  GraveTells has a team of volunteer reviewers who select their monthly books from a list compiled from all the NetGalley, publisher, and Submission Form requests we receive.  We believe that allowing the team to choose their own reviews makes for happier readers and more appropriate reviews, so try to provide the highest possibly quality submission content you can.  Because our reviewers receive no compensation of any kind for their contributions to this site, deadlines and posting dates are subject to change without advance notice.  We do our best to ensure this doesn’t happen, but you should be aware of the possibility in case it might impact your own scheduling.

Sometimes a book is just not a good fit for a reviewer. In some cases, we may choose to forego reviewing a book on GraveTells if we don’t feel our review will be constructive for either you or the readers on GraveTells.com.  When this happens, we may still post the review to GoodReads or other sites and will send you these links directly so you can see our feedback.  This is a fairly rare occurrence since our submission form gives the review team most of the vital information they need to make their book choices (and is why it is important to represent yourself and your work accurately on the submission form).

If readers make comments on your review or publicity post, authors are encouraged to interact with them.  However, tantrums, flame wars, etc will not be tolerated from either readers or authors.  Comments we consider to be abusive, derogatory, or offensive will be deleted, no matter who they’re from.  We reserve the right to close comments if things start to get out of hand. Authors who cannot follow these guidelines will not be considered for future reviews and community members who break these rules will be warned and/or temporarily or permanently banned.  We stand by our reviews and will not alter or remove them after they have been posted to The Feed, even if a revised edition of the book is released.

The author/publisher/tour company is responsible for providing the material to be reviewed at your own expense. Submissions should be made, optimally, a minimum of 1 (one) month in advance of the review’s desired posting date, but exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  We are unlikely to be able to accept submissions with less than a week until the publication date unless you don’t mind your review posting after it has been published.

We will accept the following types of submissions:

  • Physical book copy*
  • eBooks in the following preferred formats:  .mobi, .epub, .pdf

*Physical copies of books must be mailed directly to the reviewer and address specified by DaVinciKittie in your acceptance email.  If you wish the book to be returned when we complete the review, you must also include pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping materials with your submission.

How to submit a book for review / promotional spot

You must use our Submission Form! Before getting started, you’ll need the following information easily accessible:

  • Contact Information*
  • Author’s name*
  • Publisher*
  • Book name*
  • Series* (new or existing) that book is part of & # book is in series (if any)
  • Book blurb* (Briefly describe your book)
  • Book excerpt* (Reasonably brief excerpt from your book)
  • Publication date*
  • Preferred review posting date time frame
  • Type of media* being published (hardcover/paperback/ebook: list all types, including publication dates for each if they differ)
  • Genre/sub-genre* of book (be as specific as possible)
  • Website and/or blog links
  • Social Media links and id information (for author and publisher)
  • Are you interested in a guest post on GT to help publicize your release?
  • Would you like to sponsor or host a give-away for our readers? If “yes”, please let us know what you have in mind!
  • Any additional information you feel we should know

*Starred items are required fields. Submitting a request without supplying this information may result in a review decision/scheduling delay.