Hey there! Yes, you; I’m talking to you. Yes you, too!
No Labels here. I try to keep the Public Service Announcements to a minimum. I want us to stay focus on getting informative and entertaining reviews out in all areas.
Yet I have to pause because there seems to be instances of mistaken identity as to what The Review Board is. So this is for clarification purposes and aimed towards those who have submitted their works for reviews.
For those who actually already know, then you can just peruse this and get a few chuckles here and there. Yet for those who may still be confused, come closer and give a read.
TRB is not an automated answering service.
You know those times when you send an email and you get an automated response back? Well, that’s not how TRB currently works. Your request to TRB gets answered by a live person. Whoa! Where do they still do that at? Granted there may be a time lapse, so it may not be as fast as the robot. But you know you are getting one-on-one interaction.
TRB is not a sound bite or Tweet set on repeat.
Let me explain. There are certain things that are clearly stated in the guidelines. Yet some tend to have selective amnesia, especially the whole “don’t bombard the email with request for status updates” deal. The first time, as a courtesy, the response to said email would be referring to what is already in the guidelines. The second time, the email will get ignored and subjected to the “right to reject” rule. This also applies to any other things that are clearly stated in the guidelines “not to do” but a person decides to do them anyway. In the mind of TRB, we believe in the effectiveness of words and that writers/authors especially should take heed in reading.
Besides, how can you expect someone to read your works when you opt not to read instructions?
TRB is not a file converting service.
It is the author’s responsibility to get work to us in the requested formats. There are many online converters out there and some office programs have plug ins that will do the conversions for you. Just Google it and a whole list will appear. (or you can just peek at the nifty images right above this section)
TRB is not a proofreading or editing service.
It is the author’s responsibility to double check the work for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. When a person is getting his work reviewed, he should present it in the best way possible. Do not wait until after the review is placed up, and then bombard the email to say there was an updated copy. TRB works off the copy that was submitted as part of the queue. If the work is updated after your initial submission, then it’s your duty to send that updated copy.
TRB is not a beta reading service.
The Review Board expects its submissions to be in finalized states—as in the copy that you presented out there for publication. Therefore, to us these works are not considered beta reads because we are not a beta reading service.
TRB is not a promotional pit stop.
The Review Board does reviews. Plain and simple. There are other organizations that do advertisements, cover reveals, giveaways, guest spots, and blog tours. That is All Authors Blog, and it is who you will be referred to if a promotional type request is submitted along with your work. All Authors Blog operates independently from The Review Board. If All Authors Blog gets backed up or doesn’t respond to you right away, please don’t bombard TRB to do a follow up on your behalf.
TRB is not an ego massager.
The Review Board only guarantees we will be honest and thorough with our assessments. Sometimes they may not go over well. Yet with everything there’s a risk. There are plenty of other places who do the whole “we won’t post publicly if it’s a certain rating or less.” That’s not us.
TRB is not a debate club.
This goes along with the whole ego massager thing. We recognize that it’s tough to receive a critical review. To an author, the work is his baby. When you send the work out into the world, then it becomes the universe’s baby. No matter how much you go back and forth with TRB, that isn’t going to change the rating or our thoughts on the work.
All right. I think that covers it. Now back to normal programming.