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Creating a Book Review Policy

Creating a Book Review Policy

As mentioned during the Tasha Turner Coaching Virtual Blog Tour we are finally creating a book review policy. Ritesh Kala and Natalie Star helped us draft this policy. During the time of the tour there were a lot of discussions on the web between book reviewers and authors.

What Makes for a Good Book Review Policy?

Good book review policies make life easier on everyone ~Tasha Turner   (tweet this)

  • Easy to find on website
  • Clear on what kinds of books are accepted
  • Names and how to contact
  • What to include when contacting the 1st time
  • How long to expect a response to take
  • Not a lot of other information on the review page that is NOT necessary for the author to know

Our policy

We have a bit of a backlist so it may be a a while before we get to your book. Please let us know if the book you are asking us to review has an upcoming release date or a special promo date and we will do our best to accommodate it.

Reviews will be posted here on Tasha Turner Coaching’s blog, Goodreads, Amazon and linked to our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

What to Send to the Appropriate Reviewer

Send an email with the following information

  1. Subject line: Review Request for >name of reviewer
  2. Book name
  3. Book blurb / synopsis
  4. Book cover
  5. A link to Amazon or any other place your book is available for purchase
  6. A link to your website / blog
  7. Publisher name and link to their website
  8. Author bio
  11. Be patient we will get back to you as soon as we can

If we accept your book please send it to the Appropriate Reviewer

  1. In a separate file: A bio and links to where you can be found online will be put at the end of the review on our site ONLY. Your bio should be short with links for where you can be found on the web – your blog, link to your amazon author page (or book), FB, Twitter, – where ever you WANT people to find you/friend you/follow you. You do NOT have to include every link to every place you are as that is overwhelming to readers.
  2. Paperback, epub, mobi and pdf copies will be accepted for review. Mobi is the preferred format.

Reviews we will Post and Ones we Will Not

If your book received a good rating, we will most certainly promote you, as an author, as well as your book. We are happy to host giveaways, blog tours, guest posts and interviews. We expect YOU to promote your posts as well as to comment on any post. If we do a review you should promote the review but not comment. For books that we do not feel are up to snuff we will talk with the author to discuss whether to post or not.

Tasha reads the following kinds of books

  •  Sweet romances (heat levels 1-3) . I do not read heat levels 4+ (no erotica, no porn, no really graphic sex scenes)
  • Mystery
  • Historical fiction/mystery/romance
  • Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
  • Thrillers/suspense/spy
  • Cookbooks (except for seafood only – tasha also keeps kosher which limits what recipes she can try)
  • Jewish fiction (NO holocaust, I do NOT read hebrew/yiddish/ladino/etc. ENGLISH only books)
  • Does not read: technical material, political material, non-fiction in general, biography’s/autobiography’s/memoirs, history, religious material (except Jewish as mentioned above), poetry, erotica, graphic violence, graphic sex, rape, incest, books where anyone is abused except in special circumstances (book is to highlight the problem with said things and is NOT graphic in its descriptions abuse) …

Jess Reads

  • All Romance including erotica (NOT porn)
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • Crime
  • Paranormal/Urban fantasy
  • Historical Fiction/Mystery
  • Thrillers/Suspense
  • Action/Adventure
  • Cookbooks (excl. seafood specific)
  • Young Adult
  • Does not read: technical material, religious material, poetry, political material


Lisa Reads

Lisa will update her info in a few months when she is back from personal leave.

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About the author

Tasha Turner

I am a writer and a one-on-one social media coach. I teach people how to brand themselves and how to use social media effectively.

Currently I am co-authoring a short story about a Jewish vampire to be released in 2012 as an e-book. This will be my 1st fiction. I have written a number of computer manuals and managed a tech writing group as well as editing others work for 20 years. Tasha Turner is my Pen Name and has become my professional name by default.

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  • CrimsonFlowerReviews

    This is very helpful I just got together a team and I need to add some things to my “Review Request Form.

  • Gary Markwick

    Hi, Is there anyone who reviews self help books.
    Best wishes

    • http://tasha-turner.com/ Tasha Turner

      What kind of self-help books? Really would need more information. You can contact us through the contact us tab if you have specific questions.


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