BiblioBuffet's mission is to bring into the public eye high-quality books regardless of whether those come from commercial publishers of any size, university presses, or from self-published authors. We will consider any books other than those in the following genres: business, self-help, true crime, New Age, and romance. Books published through publishing services such as those from iUniverse (especially those that come through its Authors Guild and ASJA partnerships), Xlibris, Booklocker, and Lulu will also be considered, but as always our first priority for review consideration is quality.
How is quality determined? The traditional way—that of an editor accepting on behalf of a publishing house and offering an advance—is changing. Sometimes rights to out-of-print books are reverted to authors who may elect to re-publish the book themselves. Sometimes multi-published authors may choose to publish one or more books themselves. And since there is no one way to excellent books, BiblioBuffet’s doors are open to all possibilities.
As stated, we focus on quality. Things we look at include whether the book was professionally edited; whether the author has published anything else, either in print or online, in a professional capacity (personal blogs don’t count); and if the book has been blurbed by anyone recognizable. First and foremost, we look at story. Is it well written? Is it worthy of our readers’ time and attention? Finally, does the cover art and interior design of the book meet commercial standards?Finally, like most publications and blogs we receive far more books than we can review. Our reviewers make their own selections not just from books they receive but from books they find and request. Note, however, that a request is not a promise to review; it is the first step in considering a book for review. When a review is run, the publicist or publisher is always notified and sent a link. Books not selected for review are donated to libraries or nonprofit organizations.
We prefer finished copies of books, but ARCs are acceptable. If it is an e-book, please contact the reviewer to ask if she or he reviews them. Books, catalogs and press releases can be sent to Lauren Roberts at the address below, or you may contact an individual reviewer via e-mail for her or his mailing address. Our reviewers’ preferences are listed below, However, we are always open to other genres—excluding the ones noted above—and encourage publishers to send us any books they would like us to consider.
Science fiction and fantasy
History (any period)Lauren Roberts
Please note that we only review books we believe are worthy of readers’ attention and time. Honesty and integrity are essential components of BiblioBuffet’s reviews, and no payments or other gratuities are solicited or accepted. All reviewers adhere to an ethical code that includes a prohibition of reviews of books by people they know. If you have any questions about our policies or reviews, please contact us.