We get asked a lot by enthusiastic reviewers how to write a review, so we thought it might be helpful to throw together some guidelines that will benefit you (the reviewer), us (the folk who publish your reviews), and our kind publishers who partner with us.
Basically, we just want our reviewers to answer the question, “is the book worth reading”? There are many ways you can tackle this question, and many voices you can use.
We’re not here to tell you to write in such in such a tone, or use heading A, B, and C.
It’s the variety of voices in our reviews that make EBC so darn great, so keep up being your unique self and everything will be peachy.
Please send your review as a separate document (i.e., please do not paste in email), either a .doc or .rtf s’il vous plait. We ask that when submitting your reviews, you include:
- The full title (and subtitle if applicable)
- Author’s (or authors’) full name
- Illustrator’s (or illustrators’) full name (if applicable)
- Publishing company
- Date of publication
- Your name on the review itself (this saves us having to match emails with files should the two become separated)
- A 1-line teaser that can be used in social media. Imagine a quick, zippy line that could work as a 140 character tweet, as a 10-second sales pitch in an elevator, or as a Facebook status.
As you can see from reading our reviews, we accept reviews of varying length. A good rule of thumb though for an online medium is to not exceed 700 words. People are basically lazy and don’t like to scroll a lot!
We ask that you return your review within 6 weeks of receiving review books. Should you be delayed for any reason, we ask that you contact us to let us know. We like to maintain good relationships with the publishers who partner with us, so having a timeline is just plain polite.
Since we want as many people as possible finding out about your wonderful reviews, we’re going to ask you to help us promote them! Most of you have a Facebook page and/or a Twitter handle. Please use them to paste a link to your review. Oh, but please do wait until we make the official announcement of your review before you post on individual accounts (let us tell the news first, basically).
Interested in doing a video review of your book rather than a written one? We would love that!
A few special guidelines for videos:
- Please include all the same publication info as noted above in a separate document (.doc or .rtf preferred)
- Aim to be under 3 minutes in length for your video
- Make sure your setting/background is pretty neutral (i.e., we don’t want to promote your business . . . sorry!)
- Show us the book as you talk—you could simply hold it up at the beginning and then set it down, but we would like to see the cover
Feel free to ask the team anytime!