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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.