Brazos Press Bloggers FAQs
Thank you for wanting to learn more about the Brazos Press Bloggers program. We have created these guidelines in order to be fair to everyone participating.
How does this program work?
Periodic email invitations listing new titles available for review are sent to approved bloggers. A limited number of review copies are available for each title, so review copies are generally awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. When you select a book, it is sent to you as a free review copy. You agree to read and post an original review (of at least 200 words, not including back cover copy) on your blog and on a retailer website within 60 days of receiving the book.
Do I need to have a blog to be in this program?
Yes, a public blog is required. Posting reviews on retailer websites, Facebook, or book websites like Goodreads or LibraryThing is great, but that does not fully meet our requirements. Your blog must be up and running when you sign up to be a part of our program and must be accessible by the general public.
How do I become an approved blogger?
Based on the current needs of the Brazos Press Bloggers program, we reserve the right to approve bloggers who have actively maintained public, personal blogs and who regularly post content. We will not accept Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads, or any other type of community profile site as a viable form of blogging. Other things we look for include readership interaction (including average comments, monthly blog views, and social media reach) and familiarity with Brazos Press authors.
Am I required to finish a book I’ve agreed to review?
In the event you aren’t enjoying a book, we don’t require you to finish it, but we do expect the same thoughtfulness and consideration to go into a negative review as would go into a positive one.
When and where am I required to post a review?
Your review should be posted on your blog within 60 days of receiving the book. It must also be posted on a retailer website such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or ChristianBook.com. You must post on at least one, but you may post on as many as you would like. Reviews posted on sites such as Goodreads and LibraryThing are also appreciated.
How do I submit my review links?
Please use the form on the website to submit a direct link to the review on your blog.
What is a direct link?
It is a link to your review that will take us directly to your review, NOT simply to your blog’s homepage (e.g., myblogname.bloghost.com). We are not always able to visit your blog on the day you notify us of posting, so the review can get lost among your more recent posts. It is helpful if we don’t have to search through your archives to find the right post. You can usually get the direct link by clicking on the title of your blog post, once it’s made public. You should be redirected to a page on your blog that only features that particular blog post. The web address from that page would be a direct link and should resemble http://myblogname.bloghost.com/title-of-blog-post.
I’ve moved. How do I update my mailing address?
Please re-enter your information in the sign-up form. Note that the form will indicate you are already subscribed, and you will be taken to a new page that will require you to click a link, which will send you an email with instructions on how to update your account. It may go to your spam folder, so be sure to check there.
I’ve changed emails. How do I update my email address?
Our blogger program creates accounts based on email addresses, so each new email address needs to have a new account created with it. If you have a new email address, please re-enter your information in the sign-up form and send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org with your old email address so we can delete the outdated account.
I haven’t received my book yet. Did it get lost in the mail?
Books are usually mailed out within three weeks of your receiving the email confirming that you’ll receive a review copy. If you haven’t received the book within four weeks, please contact us at email@example.com. We are unable to resend books to reviewers should their address have been incorrect at the time of the mailing.
Can I request more books to review?
Yes, you may request more than one book, but if you are consistently requesting books and not posting reviews, you will be dropped from the program. Please note that you cannot request backlist titles for review.
To comply with regulations from the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every review that Brazos Press Bloggers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. For example:
Disclosure: I received this book free from Brazos Press through the Brazos Press Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
Should I tweet/Facebook links to my review?
Yes, please do! Use the hashtag #BrazosPressBloggers and tag Brazos Press @BrazosPress.