Guidelines - Please read before posting.

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Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby deej » 20 Mar 2010, 04:59

This section of the forum is for people who wish to post publicly-viewable reviews of books they've read.

The reviews you post must be written by yourself. No cross-posting of someone else's work.

If you write a review you must disclose any relationship with the book's author that might affect your review, such as you being her partner or close friend. Naturally, we do not accept reviews of books by their authors. If a moderator or administrator questions you about any possible conflict of interest or the origin of a review, please don't be offended or take it personally.

We encourage honesty in reviews. We operate on the principle that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Book reviews are subjective, and no one can tell another that their reaction to a book is wrong.

We strongly discourage authors from posting reactions to any reviews of their own books. (I'm sure I don't need to explain this.)

We will not allow any ad hominem attacks on either authors or reviewers. Book reviews are opinions about books, not authors or readers.

The general philosophy of this forum is that book reviews are written for the benefit of potential readers, not for the egos of authors or the bottom-lines of publishers. So, the most helpful reviews for other potential book buyers is to let them know what you liked and didn't like about a book.

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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby Ashleigh » 17 Sep 2010, 08:09

(Sorry if I missed something)

What are the rules on already published reviews? For example, could I post a link to a review I've written that has been published on a website?

I have a review of a book that I'm sure you guys would absolutely love, but I don't think the publisher would like it if I re-printed myself. Is this allowed, or is it strictly unpublished reviews we have to post on here?

Just thought I'd ask so I don't go breakin' any rules.

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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby FranW » 17 Sep 2010, 09:15

Ashleigh, you have to abide by your contractual obligations. If you hold the reprint rights and are free to republish the review at this time, then you can post it here. It's up to you whether you consider what the original publisher would like, but you definitely have to consider what rights the publisher did and did not buy/lease/take from you.

Does that answer your question?
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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby Ashleigh » 17 Sep 2010, 09:18

I don't think I was clear, lol, sorry!

I wanted to know if I could just post a link to the review online, as opposed to copying and pasting it?

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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby FranW » 17 Sep 2010, 12:17

Ashleigh wrote:I wanted to know if I could just post a link to the review online, as opposed to copying and pasting it?

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I have to admit my initial gut reaction is "what would be the point?" but I'll defer this questions to the admins. Deej? Bakey?
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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby deej » 17 Sep 2010, 12:42

My instinct tells me that it would just be easier for all concerned, especially yourself, if you would just copy and paste the relevant portions of the post and not the entire thing. I know certain publisher's do not want cross posts made of links to their websites. We here feel the same way, unless otherwise stipulated. I hope this doesn't prevent you from posting a review, but I think it best if you snip it drastically or re-write it for our purposes.
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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby Ashleigh » 18 Sep 2010, 02:21

Ah, alrighty then. :)

I only asked because I acutally do book reviews for a magazine, so if I write reviews it's usually to be published, so the review has to stay with them. Slave to the trade 'n' all. I just didn't want it to look like I was trying to advertise under the radar by making link-based threads revolving around my own work, lol. Another writing site i'm involved with is very strict about that.

However, if I find a relevant book for this site, then I'll probably post a review up anyway and not bother to send it off anywhere. Thanks for the help. ^_^
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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby FranW » 18 Sep 2010, 07:40

Ash, I do reckon it'd be perfectly fine (and rilly kewl!) if you were to flag them to Elaine and have her post the links to your reviews here: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=12 "Our authors, their sales" should extend to nonfiction and reviews, yes? We perfectly understand the slave to the trade thing, so we've set up threads to differentiate between celebrating the successes of our forumites who've got stuff published, and talking about various lesfic issues that may or may not include a relevent book review. Does that make sense?

Also, now that you've outed yourself we'll probably be picking your brains about the whole book review trade etc!
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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby ElaineB » 18 Sep 2010, 08:00

That'd be me! Take a look at the setup and pm me the pertinent info and I'll post it for you. Yeah, if you sell a review, it seems it's as good as selling a story. If they are on a website, you can include the link.
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Re: Guidelines - Please read before posting.

Postby Ashleigh » 18 Sep 2010, 23:38

Ooohh yay! That's so cool. On the other writing website i'm on, they frown on advertising yourself, even in blogs. I love that place, but it gives the impression that you're allowed to speak freely about your writing endeavours right up until you actually get published, where by you're granted the priveledge of shutting the hell up. Lol.

I sold my first piece of fiction a few weeks ago too! :D

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