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All About Review Policies

All About Review Policies

A review policy is so, so important for book bloggers. If you don’t have one on your blog, I recommend you write one! And I’m going to show you exactly how.

Even if you already DO have a review policy, it’s nice to keep it updated and make sure you have all the necessary information on it, so I’d still suggest reading this post.

First off, what is a review policy?

A review policy is a page on your blog for publishers and authors to read so they can send you a book for review. It includes information that will help that publisher or author determine if their book is a good fit for you.

Whenever someone asks me to review their book, I direct them to that policy. I don’t want to read books I know I won’t like. I don’t read adult books, so if someone wants me to read their book and I direct them to my policy, they’ll know, Oh, better find another reviewer, and not waste their or my time.

Why do you need one?

You should have a review policy so that publishers or authors know what kind of books you like to read and won’t waste time emailing you about books you’re not interested in, and so they know where to contact you.

Where should you put it?

Make a page for your review policy and include a link to it on your blog in a visible place. You want to make sure people can find it easily, without searching around for a while before finally locating it. 

What’s important to include in it?

At the minimum, I’d recommend you make sure to have these things on your page:

What genres you read
What genres you don’t read
Your email address
What the publisher/author should include in the email (synopsis, link to goodreads, link to author’s website…)
What formats you’ll accept books in

Here is a link to my review policy.

Do you have a review policy on your blog? Do you think it has helped you? What do you include in it?

Thanks for reading!

Ava

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18 thoughts on “All About Review Policies

  1. Writing one now! I have a template ( I use Inbox by google) for an email saying I accept the request and for an email saying I don’t. I just choose the template and it sends it. It’s really useful. This was sooooooo helpful. Thank you. By the way to i searched up ‘edelweiss’ but couldn’t find it. I’ve signed up to Netgalley though. Have you heard of BookBridgr, i think you’d like it!

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  2. I do not have a review policy page!!😱 This is because I don’t take requests at all…although sometimes I wish i had one so I could direct people to it instead of having to just say “nope noooope no” to them when they ask me to promote books. I HATE SAYING NO. Gah. But I get way too caught up in books I don’t really want to read if I take requests.😂 And tbh, I don’t know if publishers really care by this point because I’ve blogged with them for so long they know me. hehh. But I do think a policy page is a good idea!! I still kind of am toying about at least making one to say my preferences in case people are curious?

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    1. Oh, that’s smart! I have to decline a lot anyway, because some authors JUST DON’T READ THEM and I don’t have the time. But I do think it’s been useful! And I don’t have to type out over and over again, “No, I don’t read that type of book”, or “No, I don’t read e-ARCs”. Oh maybe you should then! I’d definitely check it out if you did.

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  3. How funny, I just went through and updated/tweaked my review policy tonight before coming across your post, haha. And yay, my policy includes all the things you mentioned 🙂

    I do get irked when I can tell an author/publisher hasn’t read my policy. Or when maybe they have but just chose to disregard it. I find a lot do follow the policy though, which makes me feel more inclined to work with them. This is a great post though. I remember when I first went to write my policy I just went to all the different blogs I followed and studies theirs lol. This would’ve been helpful!

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    1. Well I’m glad your page has all the information! I’m sure it’ll be helpful. And I get annoyed too, grrrrr. I have my policy for a reason! I’m hoping that this post will help newer bloggers, because I did the SAME THING THAT YOU DID. I had no clue what I was doing.

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  4. I have a review policy on my blog but I feel like most people don’t read it. Either because they’re sending out mass emails, or because they find me via Instagram or Twitter and just go through those mediums, I don’t know. But sometimes, I receive requests for books I clearly say I don’t read. Or I get told that there is a deadline, when it says I don’t do those either xD I’m sure it’s helped with the people that DO read it, I just wouldn’t know if they’ve read it or not if their book fits my policy lol I still think they’re important to have though, just in case.

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. Sometimes I feel that way too. When an author will each out with a book that’s, say, adult horror, and I DO NOT READ THAT, I’ll know, but then I can direct them to my policy instead of typing a response every time that happens! That’s when I think it’s useful.

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  5. I had a review policy but recently changed it. I honestly don’t have time to read books not directly of my choosing (whether it’s books I own or the small number I request). I changed mine to No Longer Accepting Requests because I periodically get requests from unknown authors and I never have time to read them. So I felt it was easier for where I’m at right now. But this post is great and totally necessary for bloggers! I just can’t have an open policy right now.

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