Get Reviewed

Please note: We Are Closed For Reviews Requests until 30 September 2020 unless you are an author of colour or a TLR Champion Author.

Authors of colour are encouraged to please send us review requests.

This should explain how to get reviewed on The Lesbian Review – Updated: 31 August 2020

Do you want to…

Submit a book for review

Submit a movie for review

Submit music for review

Additional important notes

Check out all of our review requirements for book reviews below

Book Reviews

Lesbian Fiction Authors and Publishers have been so kind and generous with sending us books that we have too many books to keep up with and have become more selective with the books we agree to review.

If you want us to consider your novel then here is a guide that could help you:

How To Submit Your Book

  1. Send us your synopsis/blurb.
  2. Send us a copy of your book cover as an attachment please. If you put it in the body then it stretches the email and makes it difficult for me to read.
  3. Send us a .mobi or .prc file of your book. We read on Kindle, so please provide appropriate file and not a PDF. (We are aware that PDF’s can sometimes be converted but the conversion is not always flawless and often there are formatting problems.)
  4. Please do not send us your book as an Amazon gift. If no one picks up the book then you just lose your money. And not all of the team can redeem the gift from Amazon US so it is problematic. Rather send us the request and let us know that is how you will send us the book should someone pick it up.
  5. Please include your Twitter handle because we auto schedule the reviews to go live and being able to tag you on Twitter is the best way to be notified when a review has gone live.
  6. You can email us on Review @  TheLesbianReview.com (without the spaces)
  7. If you do not hear back from us within a couple of days then please send it again. I didn’t receive it. I respond to all requests. I only respond during the work week.

Copy this into the body of your submission email and fill it out

  • Title:
  • Author Name:
  • Publisher (if any):
  • Date Of Publication:
  • Genre:
  • Author’s Prefered Pronouns:
  • BIPOC (black, indigenous, author of colour) author’s let us know please. We have reading ratios to ensure diversity. Also please let us know your race so we can classify you correctly on the website when we write the review:
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/yourhandle
  • Facebook: https://facebook.com/yourhandle
  • Website: http://www.yourwebsite.com
  • Synopsis/Blurb:

Tip: Publishers tend to send out review copies in the last week of the month so we fill up review slots pretty fast during that period and are more likely to decline reviews. The middle of the month is usually the best time for individual requests, to maximise your chances of it getting picked up.

Please note that sending me a review copy constitutes an agreement to our Submission Terms below so please read them.

Submission Terms For Books – Please read these

  1. Our reviews will always be honest.
  2. If we don’t like a book we don’t review it, our goal is not to put people off, but rather to promote. We let you know if this is the case.
  3. No payment is required for reviews. This is a free service.
  4. It will take a couple of months for us to review your book, we are dealing with high volumes of review requests and we work in advance scheduling reviews sometimes a few months ahead of time.
  5. You will not get to see the review before it is published, this maintains the integrity of the website and ensures that readers get an honest review.
  6. If you would like a novel to be reviewed by a specific reviewer then you may request that reviewer. However, I do not dictate whether or not they read a novel. If they don’t want it then we will reject it.
  7. We don’t use Netgalley. We understand that piracy is a major concern which is why all the reviewers at The Lesbian Review agree to strict terms of use and are not allowed to pass on review copies. Not even to loved ones.
  8. I do pass on a review copies to more than one reviewer. This could be for a number of reasons, such as I want the book to be considered for a Top 10 list and the reviewer creating the list hasn’t read the book yet. It could also be for the purposes of joint reviewing or it could be that one reviewer didn’t like the book so I wanted to try it with another reviewer. When this happens I ask them to review it on Amazon if there is already a review for the book.

What we do and don’t review & what we need a heads up about

  1. We are looking for lesbian fiction novels predominantly, non-fiction is not generally our cup o’ tea. We will look at non-fiction submission, though, so please do send them.
  2. We accept fiction and non fiction in all genres. We don’t accept poetry, though.
  3. Please specify that your novel is erotica we have some reviewers who enjoy it and others who don’t.
  4. Unfortunately we don’t review poetry.
  5. Anthologies are not a favourite for us either but we do take a look at these.
  6. Please note that we do not review series novels beyond book one if each book is not a stand-alone story. By this I mean that the main characters are different or it has a complete plot that can stand alone without needing to read the rest of the series. If the story moves over several books then we are happy to read it and review it for Amazon but that won’t be published on the site.
  7. We do not accept non-lesbian books for review. So no books about straight couples, gay guys or two lesbians and guy.
  8. Transgender lesbian novels are not common for us but we do accept them. Please make it clear in your synopsis that the character is trans so we can tag it accurately in the review.
  9. Bisexual women characters are fine as long as there is no explicit male/female sex in the novel. And ultimately we want a female/female couple to get together. Please make it clear in your synopsis so we can tag it accurately in the review.
  10. We generally like Happy Ever After Endings so please let us know if the book is not a HEA novel. If we are not forewarned we will probably not enjoy it.

How we select the books we review

  1. The admin person logs the book review request onto a spreadsheet then forwards the synopsis and email information to the reviewers.
  2. Reviewers then decide if they want to try the book or not.

Worth noting: We don’t send the book or the cover to the team. The cover is used on the actual review and only reviewers who pick up a book for review get a copy of that book.

We don’t allow reviewers to overload themselves with books and each reviewer has a quota of books that they can take on based on how frequently they review.

What happens if we don’t pick up your book for review?

When I receive a copy of the book and it doesn’t get picked up for review then I add it to a library of books we haven’t read. When there are lulls in our requests then reviewers can take a look at those books on a spreadsheet and request a copy from me. We have had several books which we have initially declined and then reviewed later.

We don’t guarantee that this will happen if we decline your book, review requests keep us pretty full. But, it’s good to note that we don’t just get rid of your book.

Check out all of our review requirements for movie review submissions below

Submit a movie for review

We also review movies. If you have a film with a main character who is lesbian then we will watch it with the goal of reviewing it.

Please note: we will only review movies we enjoy.

You can submit your movie to us by emailing us on Review @  TheLesbianReview.com (without the spaces)

Insert this into the body of your email and fill out

  • Title of film:
  • Director and preferred pronouns:
  • Producer and preferred pronoun:
  • Starring and preferred pronoun:
  • Duration:
  • Genre:
  • Synopsis/Description:
  • Link to watch the film and code if needed
  • Can users watch/buy this film on Amazon?

Submitting a movie to us for review constitutes agreement to our Terms below so please read them.

Submission Terms For Films/TV

  1. Our reviews will always be honest.
  2. If we don’t like a movie or tv show then we don’t review it, our goal is not to put people off, but rather to promote. We let you know if this is the case.
  3. No payment is required for reviews.
  4. It can take up to a couple of months for us to review your film, we are dealing with high volumes of review requests and we work in advance scheduling reviews sometimes a few months ahead of time.
  5. We are looking for lesbian films or TV.
  6. We accept film and TV in all genres except experimental and erotica films.
  7. You will not get to see the review before it is published, this maintains the integrity of the website and ensures that readers get an honest review.
  8. We do not accept non-lesbian films for review.
  9. We generally like Happy Ever After Endings so please let us know if the film is not a HEA. If we are not forewarned we will probably not enjoy it. And we don’t review the kill your gays movies or TV shows.

Check out all of our review requirements for movie review submissions below

Submit Music For Review

Please note we are not reviewing music at the moment

We also review musics. If you have an album from a lesbian, bisexual or queer female identifying or non-binary artist then we will consider it for review.

Please note: we will only review music we enjoy.

You can submit your album to us by emailing us on Review @  TheLesbianReview.com (without the spaces)

Insert this into the body of your email and fill out

  • Title of album:
  • Name of singer/band:
  • Genre of music:
  • Description of album:
  • Lead singer’s/ band members and preferred pronouns:
  • Twitter for band or singer: https://twitter.com/yourhandle
  • Facebook for band or singer: https://facebook.com/yourhandle
  • Website for band/singer: http://www.yourwebsite.com
  • Link to listen to the album and code if needed or attach the album as an Mp3 or wav file.
  • Can users watch/buy this album on Amazon?

Submitting music to us for review constitutes agreement to our Terms below so please read them.

Submission Terms For Music Reviews

  1. Our reviews will always be honest.
  2. If we don’t like the music then we don’t review it, our goal is not to put people off, but rather to promote. We let you know if this is the case.
  3. No payment is required for reviews.
  4. It can take up to a couple of months for us to review your music, we are dealing with high volumes of review requests and we work in advance scheduling reviews sometimes a few months ahead of time.
  5. We are looking for lesbian and bisexual female identifying and non-binary artists.
  6. We accept music in all genres.
  7. You will not get to see the review before it is published, this maintains the integrity of the website and ensures that readers get an honest review.
  8. We do not accept music made by non-lesbian or bisexual female identifying or non-binary.

 

There are some important things to keep in mind about our reviews and our team see below for full details.

Bear In Mind

We do this as a passion project. If a book, movie or music does not excite us or interest us then we will reject it. This is free for creators and readers/listeners/viewers and it was started as a way to share things that I have enjoyed.

There are no big sponsors behind us, we all volunteer our time.

This is not a site about fetishes, it’s not about the LGBTQA+ community and it’s not a general media platform. We cannot be everything to everyone, no matter how awesome we are.

We review books, movies and music that we have enjoyed. That’s it.

If you think that a part of the community is underserved then do what I did and start your own site to serve that niche. Let’s build a better community together.