Blogger Review FAQs
Thank you for wanting to learn more about the Baker Books Bloggers program. We have set these guidelines in place in order to be fair to everyone participating.
How does this program work?
Email invites are sent out to bloggers who have signed up to review books from categories they’ve chosen. When you select a book, it is sent out as a free review copy. You agree to read and post an original review (at least 75 words not including back cover) on their blog and a retailer website in a timely manner.
Do I need to have a blog to be in this program?
Yes, a public blog is required. Posting reviews on retailer websites, Facebook, or book websites like Goodreads or LibraryThing is great, but that doesn’t fully meet our requirements. Your blog must be up and running and accessible by the general public when you sign up to be a part of our program.
Am I required to finish a book I’ve agreed to review?
In the event you aren’t enjoying the book, we don’t require you to finish it, but we do expect the same thoughtfulness and consideration to go in a negative review as a positive one.
Where am I required to post a review?
Your review must be posted on your blog and a retailer website such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book, Goodreads, Library Thing. You must post on at least one, but may post on as many as you would like.
How do I submit my review links?
Please use the form on the website to submit a direct link to the review on your blog.
What is a direct link?
It is a link to your review that will take me directly to your review, NOT simply to your blog’s homepage. We are not always able to visit your blog on the day you notify us of posting, so the review can get lost among your more recent posts. It is helpful if we don’t have to dig through your archives to find the right post. Please do not submit your general blog address (ex. myblogname.bloghost.com). You can usually get the direct link by clicking on the title of your blog post, once it’s made public. Copying the web address from that page would be a direct link and should resemble http://myblogname.bloghost.com/title-of-blog-post.
I’ve moved. How do I update my mailing address?
Re-enter your information in the sign-up form. Note that the form will indicate you are already subscribed, and you will be taken to a new page that will require you to click a link, which will send you an email with instructions on how to update your account. It may go to your spam folder, so be sure to check there. Also, only one review copy will be sent per address, even if there are multiple reviewers at that address.
I’ve changed emails. How do I update my email address?
Our blogger program creates accounts based on email address, so each new email address needs to have a new account created with it. If you have a new email address, please re-enter your information in the sign-up form and send us a note through our contact form with your old email address so we can delete the outdated account.
I haven’t received my book yet. Did it get lost in the mail?
Books are usually mailed out within two to three weeks of your receiving the email confirming that you’ll receive a review copy. Unfortunately, we cannot be responsible for books that are lost or damaged in the mail. We are also unable to resend books to reviewers should their address have been incorrect at the time of the mailing.
I was sent a NetGalley widget, but I can’t download it to my particular device, or I am having another technical problem. What should I do? If something has gone wrong with the NetGalley widget, it is almost always a problem with your account or device, and not something we have the ability to fix or address from our end. NetGalley has a great troubleshooting resource that will walk you through most of the problems you will encounter. You can search for an answer to your particular question there. If that doesn’t help, please contact NetGalley.
Can I request more than one book to review?
Yes, you may request more than one book per email. However if you are consistently requesting books and not posting reviews you will be dropped from the program.
How often can I request books? Emails offering books will be sent on a rolling basis as books release and become available. You may receive as many as one email per week, or as few as one email every four weeks.
When and where should I post my review?
Your review should be posted on your blog within 30-60 days of receiving the book. It must also be posted on a retailer website such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book or Goodreads or Library Thing. You must post on at least one, but may post on as many as you would like.
To comply with regulations from the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every review that Baker Books Bloggers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book. For example:
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
Should I tweet/Facebook links to my review?
Yes, please! Use hashtag #BakerBooksBloggers and tag Baker @ReadBakerBooks.