Policies & Disclaimers

As of March 3, 2016, I am accepting limited review requests on a case-by-case basis.
If your review request makes it clear that you did not read my review policy, I will delete it.

Review Policy:

Books/genres I will accept: Children’s picture books (I have a special meme called Inner Child for picture books), middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction.

My preferred genres include romance (of most kinds, particularly historical and contemporary), dystopia, fantasy, mystery/thriller, science fiction, chick-lit, travel memoir, and realistic fiction.

Books/genres I will not accept: Non-fiction, fanfiction, self-help, erotica, poetry, horror, books with religious themes (while I am religious, my blog is secular), books with a lot of bad language, books containing graphic violence, books containing/about abuse, and books containing violence against animals (even if it’s only a sentence). I am also not currently accepting self-published books or books from small presses until I get my review pile under control.

Formats I will accept: ARCs/galleys (both print and digital), finished copies (both print and digital), and audiobooks (both CD and digital). I’m also on Netgalley and Edelweiss, and would be happy to receive copies through them.

Formats I will not accept: ebooks that are not formatted for a Kindle. Please note that if you want me to review your picture book, I require a printed copy, as illustrations play an important role in my rating decision.

If I accept your book, I will do my very best to post a review in a timely manner, but please understand that I have committed to read and review many other books as well. This is why I appreciate a specific date or time frame you’d like the review to appear on my blog, so that I know if I have time for it. If no date is agreed upon, I will run the review when I choose to do so. I always do my best to post a review around the book’s release date (unless you request something different). If your book is already out, I will review it as soon as I can. I appreciate your patience.

I reserve the right to not finish your book. If this happens I will e-mail you and let you know, and I will not rate or review it. It would not be fair for me to rate or review a book without reading the entire thing, but I will most likely mention my reasons for not finishing on my blog, Goodreads, and Twitter.

I don’t love everything I read. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions, and may or may not contain negative/critical comments about your book. I will post in the most classy manner possible, but will not post a glowing review just because I received a free copy.

Non-review things I’m open to: blog tours, promotional events (if I’ve read the book, or am excited about it), author interviews (if I’ve read a book by that author or am excited to in the future), exclusive cover reveals, exclusive guest posts, and giveaways.

Non-review things I’m not open to: release blitzes/blasts, cover reveal blitzes/blasts, guest posts that will be posted anywhere else, promotional posts for a book or author I have not read, and paid content.

When e-mailing me, please include: book summary, cover image, publisher, release date, preferred review post date. Any links to further information, if available, would also be greatly appreciated.

Send me an e-mail (JanaSparkles [at] yahoo [dot] com) or find me on Goodreads, Facebook, or Twitter, using the buttons to the right! I’m excited to hear from you!

Quoting and Plagiarism Policy:

Quotes from my book reviews may be used by authors, publishers, publicists, and anyone else involved with the production or ownership of the book in question. However, please credit me, using my name (Jana) and my blog’s name (That Artsy Reader Girl). Anything else is considered plagiarism, and I will pursue it vigorously. Do not take my post, change a few words, and claim it as your own (even if you totally agree with me). That’s still plagiarism. If you wish to include a link to my blog on your site or in your publication, directing readers to me, absolutely go for it. Don’t quote me, though.

If you find that I’m a victim of plagiarism, please let me know! I’ll do the same for you!

Privacy Policy:

This policy briefly outlines the information I collect from and how I protect the privacy of my readers.

When you leave a comment on That Artsy Reader Girl, the information you enter in the comment form (Name, email address, and website) will be stored on my server. The purpose of including your email address is so that when I reply to your comment, you will receive an email notification. I will not use your email address for any other purpose, nor will I sell/share it with a third party. Akismet, a spam detection service that I use, will receive information about your comment to determine whether or not it is spam. To read their privacy policy, click here.

Any personal information you choose to post publicly as a comment on That Artsy Reader Girl is not my responsibility to protect.

I use StatCounter Analytics to monitor the unique visitors to That Artsy Reader Girl. When you visit, a 1st Party Visitor Cookie (sc_is_visitor_unique) will be set on your computer. According to StatCounter, “When [the cookie] is first set, a random id is generated and stored in the cookie in order to avoid counting you as a visitor more than once (e.g. if you are on a mobile device and your IP address changes while you browse)… this cookie also stores a count of your returning visits.” This cookie does not collect any personal information from you. Click here to read more about StatCounter’s cookies.

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Email Subscription:
If you sign up for an email subscription to That Artsy Reader Girl, your email address will be stored by Feedburner in order to effectively deliver my blog posts to your inbox. After you submit your email address, you will receive an email asking you to verify and activate your subscription. By doing this, you consent to Feedburner’s privacy policy. Click here to read it.

I use Rafflecopter forms for all of my giveaways (to read their privacy policy, click here.). Rafflecopter stores the information you voluntarily submit through the entry forms, along with your name, email address, the country you were in when you entered the giveaway, and your I.P. address. If you choose to log in to the entry form with Facebook Connect, your Facebook display picture is also stored within the entry form. I do not use use this information for any purpose other than to verify that the entry was not spam, that the winner lives in a country that was eligible for the giveaway, and to contact the winner to ask for their mailing address/email address so that I can send them their prize. Once I mail the winner the prize, I delete their mailing address from my email and do not store it anywhere else. If an author, publisher, or other third party is sponsoring the giveaway, I will pass your mailing address/email address on to them with your consent. I am not responsible for what they do with your information.

I use Inlinkz to allow users to link up their Top Ten Tuesday posts each week, as well as to sign up to participate in the Debut Author Challenge. If you submit a link in either case, the URL, name, and email address you choose to submit are stored on the InLinkz website. Your email address will not be accessible to anyone publicly. I draw winners from the Debut Author Challenge link-ups twice a year and will only use the email address you submitted to contact you if you won a prize. To read Inlinkz’s privacy policy, click here.

Third Parties:
Blog posts on this site many contain embedded videos or links to other websites. These websites obviously do not have the same privacy policy I do, and may use cookies, track your location, track your interaction with that content (e.g. if you play a video), etc.

Disclaimer: That Artsy Reader Girl is not targeted to children, and I do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age and wish to enter a giveaway, leave a comment, or subscribe to my site via email please do so with the assistance of your parent(s) or guardian(s).

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please contact me at (JanaSparkles [at] yahoo [dot] com).

FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Disclaimer:

Each and every book featured on my blog was either given to me free from the publisher/author/publicist for review/coverage consideration, purchased on my own, or gifted to me by friends and family. My opinions of these books are my own honest thoughts, and are in no way influenced by how I acquired them. I am not a paid blogger, and receive no compensation or punishment for my reviews—positive or negative.

Amazon Associate Disclaimer:

I’m an Amazon Associate, which means the book links I post send you to Amazon. If you buy the book using my link, I get a small percentage of the profit to use for blog events, giveaways, and other fun stuff! I appreciate your support.

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