Welcome to Jane's ARC Angels, I'm super excited to have you here!
Some people who join my ARC team are experienced reviewers and know how it all works, others are brand new and have never been on an ARC team before - if this is you, wow, welcome and I'm honoured you chose to join MY team! So for the newbies (actually for all of you) I thought I'd drop some guidelines on what my expectations are, how I run things and how to write effective reviews. You are welcome to bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you need to. If you've been reviewing for a while, have a read anyway, it can't hurt, right?
Did you know my ARC Angels have their own secret Facebook Group? Yup, we do. But you won't be able to find it because it's secret lol. If you'd like to join simply email me saying you'd like to join Jane's ARC Angels Facebook Group and I'll send you an invite. There is no obligation to be in the group, all ARCs will be sent out via email as per usual, the group is for chit chat, fun, competitions, special announcements etc.
How it works! My guidelines
When I have an ARC ready to go, I'll email you with a download link. This is managed via Bookfunnel and will be available for a limited time - I usually leave it open until the book goes live. (Bookfunnel allows you to download the book in whatever format suits your device.) Then the fun begins - you read my work *gasp* and then leave a review. All very straightforward, yes? Indeed, but I've found I need to instill some rules and some of this will get to sound repetitive (sorry not sorry).
How to find the link after you've reviewed:
Step 1: Go to www.Amazon.com
Step 3: Sign in if prompted
Step 2: Click on YOUR PROFILE
Step 4: You'll see all of the books you've reviewed under Community Activity. Click on the review you need.
Step 5: Copy (CTRL + C) the URL that appears in the top address bar. Paste that link (CTRL + V) into the google ARC form sent to you.
Reviewing on Bookbub
If you have trouble reviewing on Bookbub, or if your screen looks different to mine, it could be because you're in a country outside of the USA. To change this, go to settings/retailers then it has choose my country. Select US. (Thank you Bec for discovering this!)
Reviewing on Amazon
Submitting the Google Form
Right. Let's get into the nuts and bolts of reviewing. In a perfect world, authors wouldn't have to contend with trolls writing fake reviews, and I don't mean genuine negative reviews. If it's a genuine review, it's not a troll review but I appreciate those who are aware what we are up against and review honestly and accurately to help us overcome that.
So I'm going to do my best to explain what a review is - and isn't.
a) It's not a book summary or synopsis of the book.
b) Make sure you understand the rating system (more on this below)
c) Don't use the rating system negatively (i.e. 1 star) for technical glitches
d) Most readers don't have a clue how much editing goes into a book but like to be the typo police and act as if the entire book is one hot unedited mess. Don't be this person.
e) Don't one star a book and then say you haven't read it. If you haven't read it, don't give it a rating or review. Simple.
An explanation of the review system
Next time you're about to leave a review, take a second to hover over each star. You'll see that it translates as:
one star *I hate it*
two stars *I don't like it*
three stars *it's okay*
four stars *I like it*
five stars *I love it*
Now that we’ve got the ranking sorted, what should you say in the review itself? I’ve already said not to give a synopsis of the story, but what do you say instead? Here are some ideas to help you out.
And my final words of wisdom when it comes to leaving reviews (not just for my books but for anyone’s books) is don’t be a douche. Don’t be mean or nasty. Don’t put in your review not to buy the book, because that can ruin another’s experience, or potential to buy the book. Not everyone is going to like the same books as others, and that is what makes readers so unique and not boring. So don’t spoil it for others. If you didn’t like a book, fine, state why, but don’t diss the author.