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Reviews FAQ

What you get, how we rate, where we post
Q: What genres do you review?

A: By Rite of Word reviews science-fiction, fantasy, thrillers. Please note that YA in those genres will be considered but may not be accepted for review. We do not review religious fiction, children’s fiction, or romance (on that last category, go and see our friends over at Romance Rehab).

Q: Where do you post reviews?

A: We post the review to any sites that we can find by running a basic search online using your name and the book title, and which we have an account with.

Q: What will my review contain?

A: Your review will be at least 200 words in length. If you rank three stars or higher, the first half (and no more than half) will be a brief synopsis, followed by our impressions of the book. You can see examples of our reviews on the Reviews page.

Q: How do you rate books?

A: By Rite of Word has six rating levels:

♦ 5 stars means you were technically perfect, or very nearly, and you wowed us.

♦ 4 stars means we liked your book, but either weren’t completely wowed, and/or there were some editorial / plot / characterisation issues that impacted the read for us.

♦ 3 stars means that we thought your book was OK, but there were significant editorial / plot / characterisation issues that impacted our enjoyment of it.

♦ 2 stars means that while your book did have at least one strong point, overall we didn’t enjoy it.

♦ 1 star means we found continuous, serious challenges with the book across one or more areas of editorial / plot / characterisation.

♦ 0 stars (did not finish) – we couldn’t finish your book.

Q: How long does a review take?

A: It depends on how many review requests we have in (you can see our to-read pile, and where your book is in the queue, on the Reviews page). Usual turnaround is on the order of three months.

Q: Can I request that you only post 4 stars or higher?

A: No. If you submit your book for a By Rite of Word Review, we will post our honest opinion, whatever rank that may turn out to be.

Q: How can I find out if my book was accepted for review?

A: If your book was accepted for review, its cover (if we can find one) will appear in our ‘To read’ section on the homepage. If you provided an email in the submission form, we will email you if your book is accepted for review.

Q: I know I have some editorial issues. Will you please only review me on the story?

A: No. We will review your book based on all aspects of your writing. If there are technical challenges in your writing that impact the read, that will be reflected in the final rating.

Q: Will you review Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs)?

A: We’re happy to review ARCs, but if you have a very short timeline to publication, please be aware that there may not be a reviewer available.

Other useful information that’s surprisingly hard to find:
  • Amazon’s policy on promotional content in reviews (probably the most pertinent bit in there is that you can lose your Amazon account for participating in review swaps…)
  • How to set up an Amazon author page
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