Frequently Asked Questions
Are you going to make more YouTube videos?
I love that you love my YouTube channel! Right now, I’m having a lot of fun working on the podcast, and to be honest, in my free time, all I want to do is read. It takes a lot of work to maintain a YouTube channel and a podcast, so I’m focusing on what brings me joy. I’m not sure if I will continue to make videos or not, but if you want to keep up with the books I’m reading, make sure to follow me on Bookstagram.
Will you edit my manuscript?
At this time, my months are quite booked, and between repeat freelance clients and my part-time job working with a publisher, I’ve had to be selective about which projects I take on. I believe the editor-author relationship is extremely important. If you’re interested in working with me, let’s talk and see if I’d be the right fit for your project.
Do you accept books for review?
I do—from publishers and literary agents, depending on my capacity at the time. You can contact me regarding review copies and my review policy at hello[at]molliereads[dot]com. Please see my review policy, privacy, and disclaimer page for more information.
How do you rate books?
You won’t generally see any star ratings or grading systems on this blog or on my BookTube channel—I save my star ratings for Goodreads, and even then, I don’t put a lot of stock in star ratings. I don’t have an issue with rating systems; I just personally don’t like to put a lot of energy into rating the books I read. I blame my recovering perfectionism. Life is too short to worry about grading books.
How do you film your videos?
I film with a Canon T3i and a Zoom H1 mic. I edit my videos with iMovie. I also use natural lighting—meaning, yes, my neighbors can watch me awkwardly filming in front of my window. Thankfully, I’m friends with my neighbors, so it’s a good time.
What’s your favorite book?
Like many bookish people, I don’t have just one favorite! Some favorites include The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Lock Every Door by Riley Sager . . . I could go on and on.
I want to be an editor one day. Any tips?
Go for it! Sign up for my Editing 101 e-course, which is all about launching an editorial business. It’s a great career for book lovers and writers. If you’re currently a high school or college student, get involved with a school publication, even if it’s just a volunteer position. If your school doesn’t have a newspaper or literary magazine, perhaps you can start one. Join as many associations and clubs as possible to get involved in the editing community. Find mentors and build relationships with experienced editors you admire. Learn The Chicago Manual of Style. I have so many tips for aspiring editors, and you can probably find them all on my Editor Talk YouTube videos.