Interested in having me review your book? I’m flattered! Before going forward, please take the time to read over the information below, where I detail what and how I review.
I, Michayla Nester, am the sole creator and owner of Waiting for the Second Star, and I do not receive any form of compensation for my posts. I publish here in my free time only.
What types of books do I review?
I read a huge variety of genres and am interested in many different subjects. I find myself naturally drawn to young adult, memoirs, and graphic novels, although I also enjoy “adult” contemporary fiction, horror, and most mystery & suspense. While I dabble in just about everything else, I rarely read fantasy (especially high fantasy). If your book fits this genre, do us both a favor and send it to someone who will appreciate it more than me. 🙂
What formats of books do I accept?
At this time, I am only accepting physical copies of books. Please do not send me eBook copies. I would love to read and review them, but I know myself too well, and I know I’ll never get around to it… However, I’m happy to consider audiobooks in any available format.
How do I review books?
Feel free to check out my blog to see how I usually structure my reviews! They are broken down into two types of posts: spotlight reviews, and general wrap-ups. I’m happy to do either for requested reviews.
I do my best to be a critical reader, even when I’m reading “for fun.” My reviews are my own opinions and thoughts, and I work hard to be honest in them.
I do my best to only accept books I expect to enjoy. I also try to take an objective, as well as a subjective, approach to the text. When I liked a book, I love talking about it! However, if I read something that I did not like or that I find problematic, I will include those findings in a review. I attempt to offer a holistic understanding of the books I read, including things I like and things that I think could have been better.
I try to be sympathetic to authors when offering criticism. I recognize how intimate it can be to offer up something you’ve worked so hard to create. I appreciate the trust you’ve bestowed on me in letting me read it!
Where can you find my reviews?
Here, of course! I also copy most of my reviews to my GoodReads profile. I also occasionally share on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
I usually post new content on Fridays. However, I’m happy to factor in an alternative “publication” date for a review based around the needs of the submitter.
When will you see your review?
I make no guarantees about when my reviews will be posted. As mentioned, I keep up with this blog on my own time. However, for ARCs, I try to publish my review before or shortly after the book is published. I will get to other review copies as I am able.
If you need a review by a certain date, please let me know in your initial email. I require a minimum of two weeks after receipt of a book to write a review, although a month or more is preferred.
I love collaborating with authors and publishers, and I look forward to discussing your books with you!
If you have a book you would like me to consider, please email me: