Reviewing Policy

reviewing policy

As Alliteration Ink:

  1. I will, at my discretion, provide review copies to reviewers. Reviewers in this sense may be private individuals, companies, professional bloggers, or regular folks. Reviewers should disclose that they received a review copy.
  2. I will encourage all readers to honestly review the books I publish. This means that if you like it, say what you liked. If you don’t like a book, say what you didn’t like. Tastes vary; I remember a local movie reviewer whose tastes were almost exactly opposite my own, their reviews were still useful since I knew what the reviewer did and did not care for.
  3. I will never, ever pay (or otherwise provide extra compensation aside from the review copy itself) for a good or positive review. Likewise, a negative review will not disqualify someone from getting a review copy in the future.
  4. I may ask individuals if they would review a book for consideration for a recommendation for an award. I will not trade recommendations or directly solicit recommendations for awards. Being provided a copy for consideration is not presumed to be equal to a recommendation for an award, whether I provide the copy to another or someone provides a copy of their book to me.
  5. Authors, editors, and other persons working with Alliteration Ink should likewise never pay for a positive review.
  6. Authors should never review their own books and stories. Authors who are in anthologies and review the other stories in that anthology must, at a bare minimum, disclose that they have a story in the anthology. I discourage reviewing anthologies you’re in other than on your own blog or social media page.
  7. Those who have a connection to the author(s) in the book(s) they’re reviewing should disclose that fact at the beginning of the review.


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