Review policy

28 August 2015

Review policy The Queen's SwordType of review on The Queen’s Sword

I review books about spirituality, self-empowerment, meditation, healing, divination, Lenormand, Kipper and tarot. When it comes to decks, you can expect every type of Tarot deck (Tarot de Marseille, Ancient Italians, Waite-Smith type decks, Thoth type decks, alchemical, esoteric, etc), Oracle decks, Lenormand and Kipper. The only thing I don’t do are Playing Cards and for the moment other divination types, unless specifically asked for.

Reviews on books and decks are usually 800 words minimum, but can go up to 1600 if the subjects asks for it.  They all include images and a wrap up, including a ‘where to buy’ link. Recommendations for apps, video’s, podcasts, websites or paraphernalia are a lot shorter and don’t have a wrap-up, but a link to the multimedia tip itself.

Each review consists of:

  • A picture of the book cover, deck box or kit or product
  • Images of cards, pages, details
  • Title
  • Author/Artist
  • Publisher
  • Publication and /or release date if applicable
  • A link to Amazon, Bookdepository or the artist/author’s site
  • My personal thoughts
  • Conclusion
  • A rating from 1-10
  • Pro’s and con’s

Type of copies
When it comes to review copies there are a lot I am able to read, use and review:

  • Bound galleys
  • Advanced readers copies (ARC’s)
  • Advance review copies Tarot, Kipper, Lenormand and Oracle decks (or demo’s)
  • The finished books & decks from publishers and authors
  • eBooks (ePub, PDF: suitable for a Sony e-reader)

All reviews are my personal and honest opinions and also based on what ‘the average’ reader demands of a deck. If I don’t like a book or a deck or there is something less positive about it, I will mention that to my readers. However, my reviews are not written with the intention to be hurtful, therefore I will always do my best not to insult an author, designer or their work. Things I consider negative will be supported by arguments as much as possible.

Time frame reviews
Books and decks can’t always be read or used within a specific time frame. If you request a review with a certain publication time in mind, please let me know and I will tell you if this is possible. If you have requested a review like that, a link will be provided to you as soon as the review has been published.

I will take precedence over books and decks that I have received as ARC’s, especially if they have upcoming release dates or campaigns starting. I aim to publish reviews within a month after arrival, within a month of publication or soon thereafter, unless otherwise agreed upon/communicated.

Agreements & planning: take care!
At the end of the year I already make a planning for the next year based on publisher’s catalogues and requests on self-published work offered in time. If something is planned and agreed upon for a certain month but *not delivered* in time to make that happen I can’t promise a new ‘as soon as possible’ new date. Other work is planned shortly after.

I specifically invite self-published authors and designers to contact me as well, since this group is relatively high in the tarot community for example. Decks can be send to me before or after the official publication. If your deck or publication is already a little older but not yet named on my site do not hesitate to contact me if you think it fits on my digital shelves. If I have room in my planning (see above: gets made already in the Q4 of the previous year) and it fits my target group I might write about it.

Promotions & giveaways
If there’s any interest I am willing to work together with publishers, authors or deck-creators to organize giveaways or discounts for readers.
A link to my reviews will be posted on Twitter, my Facebook page for The Queen’s Sword and on several bigger tarot/spiritual forums on Facebook. In certain cases I am willing to place a part of the review on Amazon. I use Pinterest to pin art work that I know and like.

Relevant information
If you (want to) send me a copy of your book or deck for review, it would be excellent if you could provide some relevant information about your title, like release date, purchase options, thought behind it et cetera. That way I can possibly include that in my review. I might hit you up with a couple of questions anyway and in some cases even for an interview.

If there’s any reason I might not be able to guarantee a review of a book or deck I will let that know as soon as possible.

And I promise: I will not sell galleys, ARC’s or review copies of decks.

Disclosure: All books and decks reviewed on The Queen’s Sword are personally bought by me, won in a contest, borrowed or received from the author/publisher/designer in exchange for an honest review. There is never any contract, payment or otherwise commercial interest involved.

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