The Writers’ Shack launches Read 4 Review, a brand new initiative for book lovers
You might remember that a month or so ago, we put some feelers out to see if anyone was interested in a Read 4 Review program. Well, the response from both authors and readers was overwhelmingly positive and we’ve decided to go ahead.
IMPORTANT EDITOR’S UPDATE: Only books submitted in the recommended way will be accepted into the program. It is far too time consuming otherwise, and will be the quickest way to see the program fail.
What is it?
For those who aren’t sure, a Read 4 Review program is designed to help authors and publishers get much-needed reviews for their books. While some programs focus only on trade books, and others only handle self-published, The Writers’ Shack believes everyone should have access to the system, as everyone benefits from review programs regardless of how their book is published.
How does it work?
Authors and publishers list their book in our program and offer free e-copies to readers in exchange for an honest review. Readers agree to read the book in a reasonable time frame. Reviews must be posted on The Writers’ Shack. It is then up to the individual reviewer where else they would like to post their review (we encourage them to post as widely as possible on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, etc).
Join our mailing list to become a VIP reviewer and receive an email each month listing our featured review book.
We ask all reviewers to read and abide by the reviewing guidelines set out in 6 things you need to know about book reviews
Authors/publishers can choose to offer a limited number of ebooks (we recommend at least 10) or they can choose to offer unlimited copies. It is completely up to the individual.
Please do not offer books that are permanently free.
How will reviews be posted?
Readers will email their review through to firstname.lastname@example.org These will then be posted into one blog post and promoted throughout our social media channels. Authors/publishers are free to share these reviews, or use them in their promotions. Any late reviews received will be added to the post and then reshared through social media.
How often will the program run?
To begin with, we will list one book per month but depending on how successful the program is, this could be increased or decreased.
Will their be a cost involved to authors?
Not at first – though management reserves the right to charge a small administration cost in the future.
How do I list my book?
Authors and publishers must register their books in our program first by emailing the following information to email@example.com or by leaving the details in the comments below:
- Author name
- Publisher details (if self-published, author website or social media links is okay)
- Email address/contact details
- Book Title
- Book genre
- Book length
- Book blurb
- Formats available (PDF, ePub, Mobi etc)
- How many review copies you want to provide
- Any awards, honours or media coverage your book has received – anything that will help us promote it and get more readers interested
- Why we should accept your book in our program – tell us what makes your book special
If we choose to accept your book into our program, we will send you a program date and invite you to email e-copies or voucher codes for your book. Please remember, this is a valuable service we offer you. The Writers’ Shack reserves the right to refuse participation from any authors that act unprofessionally. This includes demanding reviews be removed, trying to contact reviewers personally, or acting in any way we deem unprofessional.
How do readers request a review copy?
Readers leave a comment advising the format they would like. Please note, you must provide a valid email address when posting your comment so that we can email your review copy.
Authors/publishers must register their interest in the program first. If you are accepted, you will be issued a Please do not send any book files until you have been given a program date.
Authors/publishers must provide The Writers’ Shack electronic copies of their book (upon request – please do not email in the first instance) or a reusable, downloadable voucher or code that can be given to reviewers.
Authors/publishers accept that reviews are subjective and that not everyone will like your book. However, The Writers’ Shack will not post any reviews that attack or flame an author.
Under no circumstances should an author respond to a negative review or try to contact the reviewer. This is completely unprofessional, and anyone acting in an unprofessional manner will be removed from the program and banned from taking part in the future.
Only choose books that are of interest to you, from genres you would normally read. If you normally hate science fiction, there is no point in signing up for a sci-fi Read 4 Review.
Readers agree not to share the book with anyone else.
People read at different paces; however, we do expect reviews to be posted in a reasonable time frame (i.e., within two months of receiving your copy). If you are unable to post a review or feel yours will be delayed, email us and let us know why.
At The Writers’ Shack, we believe reviews are subjective. What one person likes, another may hate. While it is perfectly fine for you to post a negative review on a book in our program, we do ask that you keep your comments constructive and about the book. No personal attacks will be accepted, and anyone found guilty of personal attacks or flaming authors will be banned from the program.
If, however, you continually post only negative reviews, we reserve the right to ban you from participating in the program.
Where limited copies are available, e-books will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
As with anything new, there will be some bumps and curves along the way, and we may need to change rules as we get feedback or come across problems. Please bear with us as we get this program up and running.