Blogger Review FAQs
Thank you for wanting to learn more about the Revell Reads blogger program. We have set these guidelines in place in order to be fair to everyone participating.
How does this program work?
An email invite is sent out to bloggers who have signed up to be part of our program. These emails will be split into fiction and nonfiction offerings. The number of free copies is limited, and they are given on a first come, first served basis. The blogger agrees to read and post an original review (at least 75 words not including back cover copy or plot synopsis) on their blog and a retailer website during the time frame given for the blog tour..
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 doesn’t fully meet our requirements. Your blog must be up and running and accessible by the general public when you sign up to be a part of our program.
Am I required to finish a book I’ve agreed to review?
In the event you aren’t enjoying the book, we don’t require you to finish it, but we do expect you to be thoughtful and considerate in the case of a negative review, just as you would be when posting a positive one.
Where am I required to post a review?
Your review must be posted on your blog and a retailer website such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book or Goodreads or Library Thing. You must post on at least one, but may post on as many as you would like.
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 me directly to your review, NOT simply to your blog’s homepage. 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 dig through your archives to find the right post. Please do not submit your general blog address (ex. myblogname.bloghost.com). You can usually get the direct link by clicking on the title of your blog post, once it’s made public. Copying 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?
Re-enter your information in the sign-up form. Note that the form will indicate you are already subscribed. After clicking the appropriate link, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to update your account. It may go to your spam folder, so be sure to check there. Also, only one review copy will be sent per address, even if there are multiple reviewers at that address.
I’ve changed emails. How do I update my email address?
Our blogger program creates accounts based on email address. 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 through our contact form 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 two to three weeks of your receiving the email confirming that you’ll receive a review copy. Because of the number of people involved in the blogger program, we cannot be responsible for books that are lost or damaged in the mail. We are also unable to resend books to reviewers should their address have been incorrect at the time of the mailing.
I was sent a NetGalley widget, but I can’t download it to my particular device, or I am having another technical problem. What should I do? If something has gone wrong with the NetGalley widget, it is almost always a problem with your account or device, and not something we have the ability to fix or address from our end. NetGalley has a great troubleshooting resource that will walk you through most of the problems you will encounter. You can search for an answer to your particular question there. If that doesn’t help, please contact NetGalley.
Can I request more books to review?
Yes, you may request more than one book. However if you are consistently requesting books and not posting reviews you will be dropped from the program.
When and where should I post my review?
Your review should be posted during the time frame given for the blog tour and it must be posted on your blog and a retailer website such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book, Goodreads, or Library Thing. You must post on at least one, but may post on as many as you would like.
Should I post a spoiler in my review?
No. Please be considerate of other readers.
Should I tweet/facebook links to my review?
Yes, please! Use hashtag #RevellReads and tag Revell @RevellBooks.