At Vigilant Reader, independent authors are given preference for book reviews. We understand how hard it is to kick start the sales of new, unknown books by unknown authors. We aim to provide that initial review that will draw attention to their books. Our customers receive an honest review backed up with factual praise or criticism. We will tell you, and your potential readers, what we like or question about your book.
Only fiction ebooks are considered for review.
No reviews will be provided for books already having more than 10 reviews posted at Amazon.com.
No pre-release reviews will be provided. Submit your request after the book is published.
Your book must be as perfect as possible before submitting it for review. Seek an experienced editor unless you are qualified to fill that role. Otherwise, you need to edit, edit, and re-edit until you feel you have done your best and your book is as close to error free as you can make it.
Our Rating System
Five stars = Excellent, professional in all respects.
Four stars = An enjoyable read with minor negative issues
Three stars = A good read in spite of the faults.
One and two star reviews will not be posted. The author will receive a private copy of the review indicating why it is not ready to be published or reviewed.
Books are evaluated on:
Editing: spelling, punctuation, scene separation, word usage, etc. The mechanics of writing.
Character development: important characters must be described clearly and in depth.
Sentence structure: are sentences too long, unorganized or confusing?
Details: too little, just right, too much?
Research: are the facts that are presented accurate?
Plot: is the story believable, especially considering the period and locale it's set in?
Writing Style: is the reader drawn into the story to want to continue to the conclusion?
Continuity: does the plot flow well; are the characters steadfast and believable?
Only the following genres are accepted for review: Action, Adventure, Crime, Detective, Mystery, Suspense, Thrillers, Military and Westerns.
I do not read or review Chic-Lit, Children's books, Christian, Cozy Mysteries, Erotica, Fantasy, Gay and lesbian, Graphic novels & comics, Historical, Horror, Humor and comedy, Inspirational, Literature, Mashups, Occult, Paranormal, Plays and screenplays, Poetry, Romance, Satire, Science fiction, Short stories, Steam punk, Supernatural, Women's fiction, Young adult or Teen.
Authors: Complete the 'Contact Us' form to request a book review.
Authors are notified within ten days if their book is accepted for review. If you are not notified, your book will not be reviewed. An Amazon Gift Certificate for the book must then be sent to Vigilant Reader within ten days of the acceptance notification. If the author does not respond, after ten days their book will be dropped from consideration without further notification.
Books published at Amazon will have the reviews posted at Amazon US, Canada, the UK and Goodreads and the Vigilant Reader website.
Books published at Smashwords will have the reviews posted at Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Kobo and the Vigilant Reader website. To post a review at Smashwords a coupon for a free book must be provided in addition to the Amazon gift certificate.
All books will be reviewed in the order they were accepted, no exceptions.