As a self-employed, disabled person, my business is Essence Enterprises with all my other services under that as subsidiaries. So, if you receive an invoice, make a payment or make a donation, it will say Essence Enterprises.
DO NOT SEND ANY DONATIONS OR PURCHASE ANY AUTHOR PROMOTION, INCLUDING VIDEO REVIEWS, UNTIL YOU HAVE OFFICIALLY REQUESTED A REVIEW, AND THE REQUEST WAS APPROVED.
When providing any information, check for typos and spelling errors before sending.
Book Lengths: Amy's Bookshelf Reviews reads and reviews short stories and novellas (word count does not matter). Amy's Bookshelf Reviews reads children's picture books and Graphic Novels. Amy's Bookshelf Reviews reads and review novels, nonfiction books, Epic Novels, educational textbooks, and basically, as long as the book is one of the accepted genres, any size, any word count. Heck, if you want a review on a flash fiction story for your website, Amy's Bookshelf Reviews will do that, too.
"No Fly Zone"
The "NO FLY ZONE" of Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. If anyone misrepresents themselves or lie about anything (I'm not talking about errors or mistakes), that person's name will be banned. I also do not accept requests from unscrupulous authors, author representatives, or publishers. I get a lot of information and have a lot of contacts, so if there are unscrupulous persons out there, I usually find out about them, or have experience with them.
Where the reviews are posted:
The following places for Amy's Bookshelf Reviews to post a review has a required $5 donation.
TikTok and YouTube are video reviews, part of author promotions.
All the websites listed above, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews has accounts and tags the author, representative, and publisher when applicable.
Review Request Types:
Release Date Reviews: A review that will be done and posted on its release date. A 2-month (not days) advanced notice.
Express Releases Date Reviews: A review that will be done and posted on its release date. However, it is under the 2-month advanced notice, so a donation is required based on the number of DAYS until its release date. Requests that are more than one month, but less than two months require a $40 donation.
RAPID REVIEW REQUEST
Rapid Review Request: Allows the requestor to have their book read, reviewed, and the review posted within a specific amount of time. The donation requirements are listed below and this ONLY applies to books that have been published within the past years’ time. (This is NOT for release date review requests).
THE SPECIAL REQUEST BOOKSHELF
The Special Request allows the requestor to have their book read, reviewed and the review posted, with no restraints on when the book was published. However, there is a minimum donation fee (unless the author or representative is on the exceptions list) of $15 plus the cost of the book. There are restrictions and exceptions to being on this bookshelf.
A Special Request Pass can be purchased by either a new or a legacy author, to always have a place on this bookshelf, as long as Amy's Bookshelf Reviews is still in business. The cost for a Special Request Pass is $150, so if you're interested in one, (and think about how many books you write and want reviewed by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews) email email@example.com You will be invoiced for the Pass from Essence Enterprise's PayPal account, and once payment is received you will receive the pass. (Nontransferable).
PRIORITY ACCESS BOOKSHELF.
The Priority Access Bookshelf is a carry over from the Priority Bookshelf. This bookshelf does not require a donation (though donations are greatly appreciated). There are several reasons why someone would be on this list, one is that they purchased a lifetime on the old Priority Bookshelf, and two, that the author was referred to Amy's Bookshelf Reviews by one of the publishers on the list. Exceptions may be done on an author-to-author basis. Do not assume that I won't review your work because you can or won't do a donation. It never hurts to ask.
VIP LEGACY AUTHOR BOOKSHELF
This bookshelf is for authors who have previously had at least one review posted from Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews. The titles on this bookshelf are cycled. If an author has more than one title on the bookshelf, all of the titles are listed together, but when one book’s review is posted, the other titles go to the bottom of the bookshelf. Even if an author has a request for one title, and then later decides to add another title, the second title will go under the current author’s title, and then be cycled.
STANDARD AUTHOR BOOKSHELF
This bookshelf is for authors who have never had a review done by Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews before. If authors are unsure if they have had a review done before, or they don’t remember what books they sent Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews in the past to be reviewed, they can always email and ask.
If the book is being released in an audiobook, Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews would like to listen to the book and write a review to reflect not just the story but the audiobook itself.
THE BOOK SERIES BOOKSHELF
Amy's Bookshelf Reviews requires that books in a series, all of the books in that series be read and reviewed. There is an exception, if there are more than 3 books in the series, and the fourth book is the one the author requests to be reviewed (especially for a release date request).
However, if the book that the author wants reviewed is an upcoming release, exceptions will be made to this rule, depending on the date of review, and the amount of time it would take to read the books that come before this one.
The books in the series to be reviewed will be placed on this bookshelf. If there are more than 3 books within a series, each book to be added to the bookshelf will be required to have a donation to cover the cost of purchasing the book, plus $2.00. For this option, you will be invoiced after pricing is confirmed for each book. Each book on the list that has funds to purchase the book, the review will be a verified review on Amazon.com.
THE REQUEST SPREADSHEETS
To have a RELEASE DATE REVIEW or an EXPRESS RELEASE DATE REVIEW, fill out the RELEASE DATE REVIEW REQUEST spreadsheet and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
To have a RAPID REVIEW REQUEST, AUDIOBOOK REQUEST or a SPECIAL REQUEST, fill out the SPECIAL REQUESTS spreadsheet, and email it to email@example.com
To have a VIP LEGACY AUTHOR OR STANDARD AUTHOR BOOKSHELF REQUEST, fill out the ABSR Review Request Spreadsheet, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The email you send asking for a request, please make sure the font is at least 12 pts, but not bigger than 14 pts. Smaller text and very large text is hard for me to read. Also, do not send me information in all caps or all lowercase letters. Please use proper case. Thank you.
CONTACT AMY’S BOOKSHELF REVIEWS
If you just need to make contact, have a special request or have some questions about anything, use the Contact Me form on the Home page.
A MUST READ
Unless otherwise specified or agreed upon, the digital format of the book must be received within 5 business days of the initial response from Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews. (Books for the EXPRESS RELEASE DATE REVIEW and RAPID REVIEW REQUEST BOOKSHELF within 3 business days of the request).
Note, if mailing a print copy, send a digital format as well. The address of where to send the print copies is in the Frequently Asked Questions on the Welcome Page. (Print copies are accepted, autographs preferred).
Digital formats Accepted:
$0 (US) Reading and reviewing a print, digital or audiobook is free.
$0 (US) Release Date Review: (Request made at least 2 month's prior to the release date.)
$0 Release Date Promotion "This Month's Release"
$0 Book's Released in the current month will be put on the home page.
$10 Release Date Promotion "Today's Release (see details on Author Promotions)
$25 Featured Book Blog Post (see details on Author Promotions)
$0 (US) REQUEST REPOSTING OF REVIEW (see Amy's Library for more details)
$0 (US) VIP LEGACY AUTHOR BOOKSHELF
$0 (US) STANDARD AUTHOR BOOKSHELF
$TBD (US) SPECIAL REVIEW REQUESTS (see Amy's Library for more details) (Minimum of $15 donation, plus the cost of the book if the author wants it to be a verified purchase).
$TBD RAPID REVIEW REQUEST (see Amy's Library for more details)
$TBD EXPRESS RELEASE DATE REVIEWS (see Amy's Library for more details)
Requests that are more than one month, but less than two months require a $40 donation.
$TBD THE BOOK SERIES BOOKSHELF
1. Download and fill out the appropriate Request Spreadsheet. Save it to your local computer, and then read the instructions tab. Fill out the Requests Tab, and then the Author Tab with any information that you have.
2. Email it to email@example.com In the body of the email, send a one-line pitch about the book. When providing genre information, please be specific (Primary Genre, and sub-genres).
3. Read the email response. (This email confirms receipt of the request provides information and how to send the book title’s information.
4. Send the digital format of the book and its cover in the response email. If you have uploaded or have attached documents (cover, digital book), respond with that information. If you have or want to donate, make a note of that as well. If you are interested in author promotions, put that in your return email. (Even if sending a signed print copy of the book, or just a print copy of the book, a digital copy of the book is required. PDF preferred but see below for the list of book formats accepted.
5. Once the book has been received, the title will be put on the appropriate bookshelf or on the release date review calendar. You can keep track of the status of your title on Amy’s Library Page.
6. After the review has been posted, you will get an email with a copy of the review, and where it has been posted. If it hasn’t gone LIVE yet on Amazon, you will be informed via email when the review does go live, and be sent a direct link to the review.
NOTE: Any author can send an email to ask questions, any questions as it pertains to the website, policies, general writing and/or promotion questions.
If you are requesting a review, you do not need to fill out another Amy's Bookshelf Reviews spreadsheet, as this is a two-in-one. This is for both new authors, and release date reviews. All requests must download the spreadsheet, read the instructions, and fill out both the Request Tab and the Author Name Tab. You will be required to send a digital copy of the book, even if sending a print book in the mail. If you have a Priority Access Pass or a Special Requests Pass, you should fill out the Special Request spreadsheet.
Email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each Spreadsheet is in Excel (Microsoft) format.
Each Spreadsheet is also in "Numbers" format (for MAC/Apple users)
There is one basic text format, with all the questions needed. Only use this if you have no other way to fill out the form.
Have Questions, just email email@example.com
Email me and tell me a few sentences about your book, and I'll let you know if it's accepted.