As an author, I both love reviews and appreciate each and every one of them. For those who do review my (or any) book, please consider the information in this article so that you can continue to show your support for the authors you read.
PSA to reviewers and authors/publishers regarding Amazon’s revised review guidelines.
This little bit here is super important to observe:
“Book authors and publishers may continue to provide free or discounted copies of their books to readers, as long as the author or publisher does not require a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review.”
This means that technically speaking, an author/publisher should not require a review in exchange for a book. Instead, offer the book for consideration. In my experience, that is the approach most industry professionals take anyway, so no major change there for most.
More importantly, it means that reviewers need to drop language such as the following from their reviews: “I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.” As far as Amazon is concerned, this means you were paid for a review and they will yank your review. Even more importantly, if they…
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