Dear Writers, Publishers, Publicists and Other Bookish Folks,
Thanks, also, for dropping by B.I.P. and spending some time. If you’ve been hanging around here long enough to determine that there’s a match to be made between B.I.P. and a specific book, then you probably want a few more details.
Any work that I have ever agreed to accept has been covered on B.I.P. (and if there’s something you think I’ve missed, check here).
What this means is that I often say ‘no’ when I am offered a book. (I prefer printed copies, but rarely accept e-pubs.)
If you are organizing a tour, I am more likely to say ‘yes’ if dates are organized more than 4 weeks in advance, participants are provided with a schedule and links to other sites in advance of the tour’s launch, and if the other participants are more interested in discussing books than copying a GoodReads summary.
But sometimes I even say ‘no’ when you’ve gone to the trouble of checking the Books Discussed page to see if our reading tastes align and all the elements are in place. Sometimes I am simply over-booked.
What happens if I agree to accept a work?
Feature reviews here average 800 words, rooted in the full experience of a work’s structure, language, style and themes. They include an average of 4 relevant (and spoiler-free) quotes from the narrative, so that the work has an opportunity to speak for itself as well. The books are discussed in a variety of places online and favourites are actively promoted in social media. Links to an author’s page/publisher’s page are often included (see below).
What does not happen?
Neither reviews nor commentary will be posted to Amazon or its affiliates. Nor will links to purchase from big-box retailers be shared. The review will not include much of a content summary; I am spoiler-phobic and readers can find summaries elsewhere online.
I am passionate about books and reading, and I am an opinionated reader; I also understand the writing process and am keen to understand a writer’s intent (as I experience it on the page).
Maybe you’re looking for this kind of reader, and maybe I’m looking for the book you have in hand.
If you believe there’s a match to be made, please share the details.