If I represent an author or publisher and want to send you some books, what’s the best way to contact you?

Email. If you shoot me an email at Ryan@TheRealBookSpy.com I’ll respond within twenty-four hours.

How do you decide which books to review
Because of the sheer volume of books we receive, I’ve adopted a strategy that I use to help determine which books we’ll cover. Basically, I always try to read 3-4 books at a time. I’ll rotate every few chapters, hoping one of them will suck me in. When that happens, I shift all my focus to that book. Because our goal is to help readers find the best books to spend their money on, I also have what I call the “one hundred page rule.” If, after the first one hundred pages the book I’m reading isn’t any good, I toss it aside and pass on it. I won’t even write a review, I just move on. If, however, I’m on the fence about a story, I’ll continue on past the first one hundred pages. And if it ends up being bad, it gets a bad review.

Why did you name your site “The Real Book Spy?”

I named the site The Real Book Spy for two reasons. One, it’s a play on names since I’ll be covering the thriller genre which features a lot of fictional characters that happen to be spies! Secondly, I plan to use the insider knowledge I have to keep everyone informed and up-to-date on all the latest information surrounding the most popular authors.

How is this site different than any other review site?

First of all, there is no site quite like this one. That’s why I made it! At the end of the day I’m just a fan of the genre. I simply made the website I would have enjoyed going to myself. Yes, reviews are important, so I’ll be writing plenty of them. Interviews too. But I’ll also be covering authors themselves, not just their books.

On your logo, the guy is holding a book that says “ARC,” what does that stand for?

ARC stands for “Advance Reading Copy” – also known as a galley copy – which is what publishers send out to various media outlets, etc for people to write reviews before the book actually comes out.

Do you get paid to endorse books?

No. Never! I’ve certainly been offered, and I’ve always declined. Money is too hard to make, and my goal is to help other fans avoid the duds and only spend their hard earned dollars on the very best thrillers.

Do you buy the books you review, or do you get them for free?

As a rule, I only review books that are sent to be by the publisher, the author, their agent, or their publicist.

Will you be doing any giveaways?

YES! Everyone loves free stuff, right? I’ve got some things lined up already and plan to do regular giveaways and contests throughout the year.

*Side note: All giveaways are for participants inside The United States only!