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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Personal Mission Statement & Review Policies 2020

I have learned so much in 2019 about reading, reviewing and promoting horror fiction that I have decided to boil it all down into a clear and concise personal mission statement for 2020. The motivation for publicly sharing it with my 2020 review policies is for community accountability. I invite anyone to take me to task if they find that my behavior is not in-step with my mission.

Sadie Hartmann's (Mother Horror) Personal Mission Statement for 2020
  • I will read, review and promote horror fiction to the best of my ability in the year 2020
  • I will be working alongside authors and publishers to create large reading/reviewing/promoting campaigns for books I strongly believe need that boost; an advocate for horror. A cheerleader for horror writers. I'll be doing the work of a publicist with the passion of a fangirl
  • I promise to be more discerning and intentional about the books I choose to read in order to eliminate (as much as possible) books languishing for too long, unread, on my shelves
  • As far as it depends on me, I will work ethically, responsibly and mindfully in the horror community-building up existing relationships and rejecting anything that tears down the work of another. 
  • I will not engage in, participate in or condone petty, destructive, time-wasting squabbles on social media. Social Media will serve as a tool to enhance my efforts to read, review and promote horror fiction. It will not be used to distract me from my mission
  • I will set a schedule for reading, writing & promoting. Diligently setting aside the most time for that which will serve the genre and less time on personal/unintentional time wasting
  • I will make more time for self-care (Excercise!! Drinking more water & less coffee) so that I can be my best self and ultimately more productive
  • I will not make myself available to anything that distracts me from the time set aside for family. I will remember that just because I see emails, comments and messages does not mean I have to address them immediately
  • I am working towards a future goal of having maximum visibility for my horror reviews and a platform to voice my passion for the genre that has served me well over the last 33 years as an avid reader
  • I am working towards a future goal of MORE integrity, honesty, authenticity, and purpose in my reading & reviewing habits
Sadie Hartmann's (Mother Horror) Review Policies for 2020

  • I accept physical & digital review copies. I am an influencer on social media sites such as InstagramTwitter and Facebook. My reviews rely heavily on having a photograph of the book I'm reading but I also just got a Kindle and I'm reading books on it now! I also make review graphics like this now: 
  • I reserve the right to read & review books on my schedule. If you need your book reviewed by a specific deadline, I'm probably not the right reviewer for you. I do try to keep to an order of when books are received but I enjoy the freedom to make changes to the order.
  • Reading a book does not always result in a review with Cemetery Dance or SCREAM Mag. Reading a book might not result in a review if I choose to not finish the book for personal reasons. Accepting a book also is not a commitment to photograph it or post it to my social media platforms. 
  • I write honest, unbiased reviews based on my personal reading experience. This may mean an unsavory or low starred review. Please don't take my reviews as a personal attack or an invitation for a discussion. 
  • I generally post 3-5 star reviews EVERYWHERE because I'm a passionate reader and love to fangirl over the books that I enjoy and love. It's my greatest joy to encourage others to read awesome horror fiction so I spread the word like a freakish, magical, horror-loving megaphone so if you don't want to be tagged on social media posts gushing about the merits of your writing ability, please let me know in advance.
  • Please browse my reviews and social media accounts to see if your book would be a fit. I'm currently reading mostly horror fiction in all the 20+ sub-genres, dark fiction, and some dark/horror poetry. I'm not interested in much else at the time.
  • A link to your book on Amazon or Goodreads is required. I don't read books that are not listed on either of those sites. I DO read books that are Indie, Small, Self-Published and Traditionally Published (they just also need to be listed on Goodreads so I can track my progress)
  • Manuscripts or blurbs- I am only accepting manuscripts, beta reading or "blurbing" for authors I have already read and enjoyed before. 
  • If I have accepted a book from you before and you have my address, still submit a request for any future books--don't just send them to me. This creates confusion for me as I get books in the mail that I am expecting, on a daily basis and your unsolicited book might find its way into a Little Free Library instead of my bookshelf.
  • I read & review because I love it. Not because you're paying me to do so, please be kind and courteous! I look forward to hearing from you if you agree to these terms and conditions. 
  • for submitting a request for me to review
  • if you are interested in Night Worms

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