Submission Policy

Updated for January 2015 and after: 

Thanks for your interest in my submissions policy. Reading the Past is closed to unsolicited review and interview queries.  Due to my existing commitments for the Historical Novels Review and Booklist, my reading time is limited, and I already have a large TBR of purchased titles I hope to read.  Occasionally, when my schedule permits, I participate in tours for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

In addition, requests to post promotional mentions (including but not limited to publisher blurbs, buy links, giveaways, cover art, and book trailers) are not being accepted.

The sidebar of this blog lists many additional historical fiction blogs which may (or may not) be open to review and interview queries.  Best wishes for success with your novel's promotion.


More about my interests:

Reading the Past covers historical fiction exclusively. This includes commercial and literary novels, sagas, mysteries, epics, and fantasy novels with historical settings (1960s and earlier). My reading tastes are wide-ranging and tend not to follow trends.  Please browse through my site to get a better idea of my preferences.

Favorite topics and subgenres:
- Sagas
- Early American settings
- Medieval England and Europe
- Historical mysteries
- Novels with intriguing female characters
- Less familiar historical settings or subjects
- International titles
- Novels in translation

I do not review:
- Military or "big battle" fiction. Although I know they're popular, I don't typically review male adventure novels, either.
- Alternate history
- Contemporary novels about the past
- Historical nonfiction, historical films, or audiobooks

Sample reviews for books I especially enjoyed:

Sally Gunning, The Rebellion of Jane Clarke
Jude Morgan, The Taste of Sorrow
Diana Norman, Fitzempress' Law

Contact me

I can be reached at sarah (at) readingthepast (dot) com. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, but please note that this site is closed to new review and interview queries.

My mailing address:  Sarah Johnson, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL, 61920, USA.


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