As Alliteration Ink:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Authors, editors, and other persons working with Alliteration Ink should likewise never pay for a positive review.
- 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.
- 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