Dear Author: Review Policy

Dear Author,

It’s all about review policies today. Review policies are those policies where info is given about the book blogger’s guidelines regarding books sent for reviews. They exist for a reason.

I cannot overstress the importance of reading review policies. Some review policies are just one or two paragraphs long. Others are even longer. But the length doesn’t matter. What matters most is the content in the review policies.

You see, review policies are not just bytes in the web-space. They serve a greater purpose than just to take up bytes. Review policies tell you the book genres bloggers prefer and their preferred book formats. The concise ones also include information about their reviews and important information about author interviews and book giveaways.

You’ve probably heard that it’s never safe to assume or make presumptions. This works the same in book blogging. Never assume that you know what the book blogger wants. Always read their review policy.

After all, why should we spend three hours (or more) to read your book when you cannot even spare five minutes reading our review policy?

Not only that, you will save yourself and us time (time is precious, you know) by reading our review policies. For example, if you read my review policy, you would know that I don’t accept eBooks. If you have read it instead of immediately clicking the email icon on the right, you wouldn’t be emailing me PDFs of your book in the hope that I’ll read them. And no, I am not that easily tempted to read your book no matter how good it sounds. (I am not easily tempted by free books, in case you are wondering.)

To a better bookish future,

This is my first post for the Dear series I’m starting. Each Dear post will either be addressed to authors or book bloggers. This is a monthly series. If you have any topics you’d like to see me address, please let me know in the comment section below. As always, I welcome your opinions. If you read something you like or do not like, let me know! I hope you enjoy this series as much as I enjoy writing them.


Posted on January 1, 2012, in The Dear Series and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. This is a great post!

    I’d love to see a ‘Dear Author’ about misuse of DMs on Twitter. I seem to get more and more DMs asking me to:
    -RT a link for an author
    -Check out a website/sign up to a mailing list
    -Buy a book etc

    It makes me want to unfollow immediately! If I got just one DM a week like this from every author I follow I would probably be dealing with around 3000 a month.

    Happy New Year to you Evangeline and all the best for 2012!

    • Hi Donna, thank you for the encouragement. I will try my best to write on that topic. That will probably count as Twitter spam. πŸ™‚

      Happy New Year to you and your family! Thank you for all you did with Adopt an Indie in 2011. It was a fantastic initiative.

  2. I like eBooks personally, but I know how frustrating it is for the reviewer when authors do not make an effort in reading review policies first~

    • I like it better now that I have a Kindle. πŸ˜€ But I still prefer print books… I don’t know, I guess it’s just the “reading experience” for me. Yeah, it doesn’t take a long time to read review policies.

  3. Good post. I never thought about having a Review Policy! Maybe I need one πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! Yeah, you should consider having one. It’s makes it easier for authors and publishers to know the books you read… makes their job easier when deciding which bloggers they should send books to.

  4. GREAT post!!! I got one recently stating that the person loves my blog and follows, but it was a book totally out of my genre. I think this is a great feature too.

    • Don’t feel obligated to review the book if you have stated that you do not review that genre. πŸ™‚ There should not be pressure just because the author is a follower.

  5. Thanks for your blog post. As an author, I always adhere to a blogger’s review policy, and I appreciate policies that are clear and concise. It’s all about common courtesy and respecting each other, and you handled this in a very courteous way. Thank you!

  6. I’d say over half of the review requests I’ve gotten lately have been for ebooks, even though I state in my policy that I don’t accept them. It’s a bit frustrating.

    I always love tips on blogger etiquette. Can’t wait to see Dear Blogger posts! This is a cool feature.

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