[Repost] My Review Policy

“It seems that you’ve been living two lives. One life, you’re Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, pay your taxes, and you… help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias “Neo” and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not.”

Agent Smith to Neo
~ The Matrix

Your book does not have a future in the Bookstooge world. So take that blue pill and wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe about your book, because if you took the red pill, I’d rip your book to shreds and make you wish you’d never entered Wonderland. So for your sake, there is no red pill.

While the above might seem a bit harsh, especially considering that I follow several authors and some authors follow me, I have found that a scorched earth policy is the best policy. The one time I didn’t adhere to this rule it turned out just as bad as I feared.

28 thoughts on “[Repost] My Review Policy

        1. Ahhh, I undersand now.
          So here’s the skinny.

          Most book bloggers get inundated by requests to read and review books by indie authors. 99.99% of those requests are for books so bad that they’re not worth the time it takes to read them. So most bloggers have some sort of official stance about what they will or will not accept to read. So I have a zero tolerance policy and just make as rude as possible so they won’t even try. Because they try….

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  1. I’ve given up reviewing self-pub books where the author directly contacted me. I did three before deciding I was done with that route: two were appallingly bad and the other was mediocre at best. I felt bad giving an honest review, but I wasn’t about to lie.

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  2. I don’t believe in doing drugs. It was all those childhood ads, “just say no!” Seriously, though, I’m here for the reviews. It’s given me some interesting reads. I promise I won’t ever ask you to review my books.

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    1. Glad to hear you’ll take no colored pills 😉

      Yeah, I didn’t say it but I double extra don’t review books by people I know, even online. I can’t be honest enough with the review 😀


  3. I could use this policy and I’d still get requests. I don’t think many authors even bother reading a blog’s review policy anymore, as I get too many that are clearly just email blasts. I wish it were different because I genuinely believe there are very talented writers out there whose gem is just waiting to be discovered, but I just don’t have the time to sift through all the dozens of requests I get each day and reply to everything, so I just ignore all of them now unless they are a publisher/author in my contacts.

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    1. Thankfully, once I quit NG and didn’t do arcs, my requests dropped. You’re on a list somewhere, that’s for sure so yeah, something like this wouldn’t stop them.
      But this Policy and the attitude behind it have helped keep me off any lists 😀


  4. I totally agree, I go a step further and don’t use NetGalley for fear I’d have to review sth I’d just have nothing interesting to say about – that’s even worse than a rage-fuelled negative review 😉 I control what I read and (occasionally 😉 ) write about 🙂

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    1. Glad to hear you don’t do NG. That has turned into a flipping hype machine. And makes everyone read and review the same set of books. It is really boring as blogger to read X number of reviews about the same book in 3 week period :-/

      VERY occasionally 😉

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