Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters.

Review Policy

If you're an author, especially if you're a queer author and/or an author of color, we'd love to read and review your book! Email us at if you're interested. We sometimes interview authors about their work, so when you contact us please so let us know if you'd be open to an interview (we currently have openings for 2021). 

You can find all our written reviews at our accompanying blog, Reviews That Burn. You can find our interviews with authors here. If you'd prefer to read episode transcripts to get a sense of our show, you can find all our transcripts at Transcripts That Burn.

We can coordinate the release of an interview with an event like the debut of a book or some other significant date if you contact us at least four months ahead of time. 

Review Policy:

  • Acceptance of a book does not guarantee a review. We reserve the right to not review a book and/or decline an interview. 
  • We will accept up to three books (maximum of 800 combined pages) for review. We reserve the right to adjust this policy if we are inundated with review requests.  
  • Our written reviews use a modified version of the star rating system.
    • 5 Stars - Good and/or Excellent, recommended and/or highly recommended.
    • 4 Stars - Recommended, but with a major caveat.
    • 1 Star - Actively harmful, do not recommend.
  • Where we post reviews:
    • Our reviews are posted on our blog, Facebook page, Twitter (short snippet with a link to the blog), and TheStoryGraph.
    • We sometimes cross-post to Amazon and Barnes & Noble, this option is available on request.
  • Book Format
    • For written reviews please provide your book(s) in mobi format.
      • If mobi is not available then a pdf is acceptable.
    • If you're interested in an interview please provide your book(s) in both mobi and epub.
      • If one of those formats is not available then a pdf might work, please check with us to confirm. 
  • We do not review nonfiction works; we only review fiction.
  • Preferred genres
    • YA/Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy
      • Urban fantasy
      • Steampunk
      • Historical fiction
      • Alternate history
      • High Fantasy
      • Paranormal
      • Dystopian
      • Apocalyptic
      • Most other sub-genres of SFF
    • Retellings (especially Queer ones)
  • Other accepted genres
    • YA Contemporary
    • MG Science Fiction/Fantasy
    • YA/Adult Horror
    • YA/Adult Superheroes
  •  Interviews:
    • We record no more than one interview per month (in addition to our regularly scheduled episodes) and currently have a lag between the interview date and the release of the interview audio. 
    • If you have a significant date on which you would like the interview to be released you can let us know and we'll figure out whether we can accommodate it. Requests to hold an interview until a later date are easier to guarantee than requests to rush.
    • We may accept books for written review but decline to conduct an interview.
    • Our podcast discusses fictional depictions of trauma and we understand that this may be a stressful topic. We won't ask about your personal trauma and we'll check to see if you have any "no-go-zones" before the interview. If you would rather not discuss trauma in your work then we might not be a good fit for an interview (and that's okay!). We conduct most of the interview from a generic question list which is available upon request for potential interviewees, with some book-specific questions created when preparing for the interview.
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