Book Reviewing & Privacy Policy - The Why of Y


Book Reviewing Policy - Updated March 16, 2019

NOTE: As of March 17, 2019, I am not taking further requests for reviews.
I have counted all of my requests and I am over 100 at the moment. I want to get everyone, but please wait for me to catch up to a manageable TBR pile. I will update this message at that time. 


Who is Mrs. Y? 
I am a professional reader who will read books and review them. I am an amateur book reviewer and do not hold any certifications or awards for book reviewing.

The books I read to review without request, I either read from Readercoin, NetGalley, purchase myself, or read via Kindle Unlimited which is a paid subscription to Amazon.com to read books, or I borrow books from my local library. Also, if you are a Texas-based Indie writer, please let me know. I am a Texan, and I like to support those who are local to me.

I am a listed reviewer on “The Indie View” reviewer site.

"Do you charge for book reviews?"
I do not charge for book reviews. I am not affiliated with any publishing house, publisher or anyone else. I have no intention to ever charge anyone for an honest review of any book I read.

If you have a book you'd like me to review, you can ask me via my contact form on my blog. If you cannot locate it, feel free to email me, my information is below.

I prefer indie books because I find Indie authors are the ones who need the most reviews. That said, if you are not an indie author, and you would also like a review, please ask as all are welcome here in the House of Y.

As of January 1, 2019, I will be taking Saturday and Sunday away from posting reviews to spend more time with my family.

As of December 25, 2018, I NO LONGER accept ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) from anyone aside from Netgalley.

I no longer review for BookTasters.

"Why do you not review ARC copies aside from NetGalley?"
It's pretty simple. I was asked to review a few ARC's. During that time I provided my review and the authors of at least three of them made drastic changes to the book they published.

Essentially, I reviewed 3 books that do not exist anymore, thus nullifying my review score and wasting my time reading them. I asked for feedback and one of the three informed me he asked me to review because he couldn't afford an editor and didn't use beta readers, and knew that I'd give enough feedback to change his book.

Since that time, I do not do ARC's. I like to know my review has meaning.

"Do you read PDF's or written drafts of novels by request for review?"
No, and the reason I do not because it is not what a consumer will receive to read upon purchase. I would like to only review what someone paying for a novel is going to review.

The other reason I do not review PDF's or drafts, is that I am not a beta reader, and I will not edit nor provide beta reading services for a book. I no longer am accepting books that have not been edited or reviewed by beta readers. I don't read books that are not completed or books that are in the drafting stages and have not seen final drafting.

My purpose for reviewing is to ensure that a consumer is going to know what to expect, so I would like to read what the reader will experience when they buy the book.

I have a scoring policy located here
If you have requested a review and I grade it with a score below 3 stars, I will not post on Amazon or Goodreads because I do not want to damage the algorithm for you. I will, however, let you know that in an email, and you can let me know if you want me to tweet out my review on my personal blog.


Book Genre Preferences
Note: I read basically anything, but these are what I like the most

  • Mystery
  • Historical Fiction Romance
  • Western
  • Fantasy (urban, sci-fi, high, magical, dystopian, historical, etc. )
  • Any of the punks! (steam, cyber, diesel)
  • Crime Fiction (includes detectives, heists, courtroom dramas, and cop books)
  • Historical Fiction
  • How- To books
  • Cookbooks
  • Comic Books including Graphic Novels
  • Children's books
  • Horror
  • Grim Dark
  • Poetry Collections
  • Short Story Collections
  • Advice books on certain topics that interest me
  • Sci-Fi
  • Romance (Non-Erotica)
  • Erotica (see below for specifics though)
  • Thriller/Suspense
  • Young Adult
  • Adult Fiction
  • Any mix of any of these things works too!

Note:
These are my personal preferences of what I do not like in books.


  1. Pedophilia, graphic descriptions of the destruction and mangling of children, and graphic descriptions of infanticide. 
  2. BDSM that includes graphic death, or violently described dismemberment, or something that isn’t true BDSM where the M is harmed just to be harmed in graphic and gory detail.
  3. Present day Political non-fiction commentary, opinion, biographies. 
  4. Books that are written with so much profanity the F word is every other noun and adverb.  
  5. Erotica based scenes that are so very unbelievable the actions described are impossible based on Newton’s gravitational laws or the laws of physics.



What I Won't Review

  • Fan Fiction, because I want to be sure you benefit from a review, and most fan fiction is against copywrites, and you cannot make money off of it.
  • Screen Treatments, because I'm not in the film industry.

The Y of Privacy Policies.

Who I am:
Mrs. Y. Please see above for my credentials. 

My web address is https://mrsyreviewsbooks.blogspot.com/
My email address is:
mrsyreviewsbooks@gmail.com
My Twitter Handle is:
@mrs_y_writer or direct link at https://twitter.com/mrs_y_writer

I am a professional reader. I do this as a hobby, and the reason I do is to help writers get reviews. I will not do puff-piece reviews, only honest ones.

This privacy policy is regarding Mrs. Y. 

For Blogspot's privacy policy visit https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

Mrs. Y's privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their ‘Personally identifiable information’ (PII) is being used online. PII, as used in US privacy law and information security, is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context. Please read my privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how I collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with my website.

What personal information do I collect from the people that visit my website (mrsyreviewsbooks.blogspot.com) or app?
When on my site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, email address, mailing address or other details to help you with your experience. I rarely ask for a mailing address, unless I run a contest and mail something to a winner.

When do I collect information?
I collect information from you when you respond to a survey, fill out a form or enter information on our site. This includes if you are sending me a request to read a book, or if you are signing up for a subscription to get future reviews in your email.

How do I use your information?
I may use the information I collect from you when you register, make a purchase, sign up for our newsletter, respond to a survey or marketing communication, surf the website, or use certain other site features in the following ways:

• To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature.
• To send periodic emails regarding my website, the subscription to the site, the reviews that are posted to subscribers, or possibly to alert about a contest.

How do I protect visitor information?
My website (mrsyreviewsbooks.blogspot.com) is scanned on a regular basis for security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible. Blogger provides the service to the site.

I use cookies to Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you disable cookies off, some features will be disabled It won’t affect the user's experience that makes your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.

Third Party Disclosure:
I do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.

Google: Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. 

https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/ansIr/1316548?hl=en

I have not enabled Google AdSense on our site, but I may do so in the future.

California Online Privacy Protection Act: CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law’s reach stretches well beyond California to require a person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals with whom it is being shared, and to comply with this policy. –

See more at http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf

According to CalOPPA I agree to the following:

Users can visit my site anonymously

Once this privacy policy is created, I will add a link to it on our home page, or as a minimum on the first significant page after entering my website. 

My Privacy Policy link includes the word ‘Privacy’, and can be easily be found on the page specified above. Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes: On our Privacy Policy Page

How does our site handle do not track signals? 

I honor do not track signals and do not track plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Does the site allow third party behavioral tracking?
It’s also important to note that I do not allow third-party automated behavioral tracking. However, I do link to Amazon.com for book covers on my reviews. That is optional if a person wishes to click that link. 

COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act): 
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites and online services must do to protect children’s privacy and safety online. I do not specifically market to children under 13.

Fair Information Practices: The Fair Information Practices Principles form the backbone of privacy law in the United States and the concepts they include have played a significant role in the development of data protection laws around the globe. Understanding the Fair Information Practice Principles and how they should be implemented is critical to comply with the various privacy laws that protect personal information. In order to be in line with Fair Information Practices I will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur: I will notify the users via email within 7 business days

Contacting Mrs. Y

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact me through email:  mrsyreviewsbooks@gmail.com

My web address is https://mrsyreviewsbooks.blogspot.com/
My email address is:
mrsyreviewsbooks@gmail.com
My Twitter Handle is:
@mrs_y_writer or direct link at https://twitter.com/mrs_y_writer 

If you are a sponsor who is interested in advertising on my blog, please email me at mrsyreviewsbooks@gmail.com. I'd be interested in sponsors who are in book-related fields, such as bookstores, book-themed makeup/novelties/houseware, etc. who would like to buy a bit of space on my blog to advertise. I'd want to be able to purchase more books in order to review indie authors who cannot afford to send free copies of their work. 

Updated January 27, 2019