Review Policy

I started Book Chase in January 2007 because I wanted to discuss books with like-minded people, and could not find a whole lot of those folks in my particular "real world."  As time went on, I noticed that a lot of us were talking about the same books, and that books by lesser known authors were seldom mentioned or appreciated.  Thankfully, that has changed over the years, with many book bloggers doing a wonderful job in spreading the news about debut novels and worthy authors still struggling to find their audience.

I try to read and review about 120 books a year.  Of that total, I strive for a workable split between books that catch my eye in the library, bookstores, and on my own shelves - plus review copies (perhaps 40-50 ARCs per year).

I love literary fiction, serious historical fiction (especially Civil War fiction), baseball novels, serious westerns, biographies, histories, memoirs, crime fiction, and books about books and reading.

I do not read romance novels, most of what has come to be called "chick-lit," books specifically designated as Christian fiction, health and fitness books, much science fiction other than time travel, business books, most self-help books, or most art and photography books.

I am always happy to consider books for review purposes, but please do not be offended if I do not get back to you directly with a "yes or no."  It is sometimes difficult to keep up with email proposals, and even though I always try to respond, I know that some emails very likely  slip through the crack.

All that said, review enquiries should be addressed to me at: samhouston23@gmail.com


(I have found it extremely difficult to keep up with review requests ever since the pandemic restrictions were put into place in mid-March. 

Requests picked up dramatically at that point, and that's also about the time my life got a little more complicated than it normally is. My 98-year-old father had to move into a nursing home at the worst possible moment, and I've been having to deal with all of that remotely since visitors are not allowed into such facilities right now. Some days that's a full-time job. 

I am unable to respond directly to all requests being received because my schedule is so unpredictable and otherwise time-consuming. Please bear with me until things return to normal.)

Sam Sattler
5-23-2020


2 comments:

  1. Hi Sam,
    I hope your dad's okay. This caregiver journey just takes over our lives from time to time. Stay safe, and I hope your dad does the same.
    Marylee MacDonald

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    1. Thanks for the kind thoughts, Marylee. It's been a long, long journey of almost 15 years to get us to this point.

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