Hello and welcome to Pen and Paper

Please note that whilst I am only to happy to consider sharing my thoughts on most books, I DO NOT post extracts on Pen and Paper and only occasionally accept Question and Answer type posts or Author Interviews. FGT

Firstly, a little bit about myself ...

I'm a blogger based in the north east of England who, preferring their reading material to be in print, only accepts paper copies. I only mention this now as I understand postage can be prohibitive and especially when a book is being sent overseas.

Still interested in my reading and reviewing your book?

Let me tell you a little bit more about myself and my Review Policy.

An avid reader of most genres, my favourites being historical fiction and crime fiction, I am more than happy to read and review most books (including those marketed primarily at children and young adults) though I'm afraid this does not extend as far as erotica or books featuring cruelty to animals or sports.

I will always offer my honest opinion, acceptance of a book does not guarantee a high rating.

With regard to Time Frames and Word Counts ... I am more than happy to consider accepting books to review. However having been very unwell recently I have found myself way behind with my schedule and thus sadly have taken the decision that though as always I shall endeavour to do so as soon as possible at this moment in time I am unable to commit to a time frame in which I shall be able to review your book(s). If however you have a specific deadline to meet and/or my review must be completed in a maximum number of words could you please let me know as soon as possible, preferably before I accept the assignment and I shall try my very best to accommodate you.

As for Star Ratings ... Whilst I recognise these are required on many sites, I prefer to judge a book on its own merits and, as such, do not use such a system on Pen and Paper.

Where can you expect to find my reviews? I share my thoughts on ALL the books I read on Pen and Paper as well as on my Face Book page, my Pinterest board(s), my Instagram page, GoodReads, and, if the book is listed there, Waterstones Book Stores website. I also reserve the right to post my reviews on other blogs and/or sites as deemed appropriate

What about Amazon?  ... Alas, along with many other bloggers, I am currently experiencing difficulties having my reviews accepted on I am however open to posting reviews on other such sites as required.

With a view towards copyright ... For full terms and conditions please see my Copyright Policy.

I never sell books received for review, however because of certain restrictions (too many books and not enough space) I regularly pass them on to family, friends, other bloggers, hospitals, schools, homes for the elderly as well as charitable organisations/events supporting literature unless I'm aware of any objections to this.

As well as the 'First Sentence' and Memorable Moment' quotes I routinely use as part of my review I reserve the right to include any other quotes unless specifically asked not to.

It has recently come to my attention that there are several couriers requesting a telephone number alongside the mailing address. My apologies, because of the large number of so-called cold-calls we receive I am unable to supply a number.

Thank you for your interest, I look forward to the possibility of reading and reviewing your book. Please feel free to contact me at ...........


(Last Updated September 2021)

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