Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Review Policy --- DRAFT

Dear readers and fellow book bloggers,

The Ape has been putting off crafting a review policy, but a recent mini-spike in inquiries has at last forced our hand. Below is our attempt at a reasonable policy, and we'd be enormously appreciative of any feedback you might have the time to offer. Have we left something out? Said something, in Orwell's words, "avoidably barbaric?" Let us know in the comments, on Twitter, or by email.
                                                       ---Thanks in advance, TRA

The Ape is open to receiving review copies from publishers, agents, and authors.  However, we only make time for literary fiction and literary history, so unless your book could reasonably be shelved in either category, we’re probably not a good fit for you.

Also, we make no promises about giving the book a review, let alone a positive one.  We’re committed to giving any accepted book a fair chance, but our reading time is too dear to us to promise more.  Unfortunately, we’re not currently equipped to accept e-books or other digital formats.

We’re also not interested, for the time being, in blog tours, author interviews, guest posts, or giveaways, but this state of affairs is subject to change.

If, after all this, you’d like to discuss submitting your book or would like to know more about our readership, please do email us at readingape (at) gmail.com.

The Reading Ape


  1. Can I lift this word-for-word for my site? (Kidding, but only a little...)

  2. Inimitably ape-ish--meaning, you strike a tone very much in keeping with the tone of your blog. I like your very polite and tactful way of preemptively declining blog tours, etc. I'm a little curious about the use of the plural pronoun (royal, papal, pregnancy-related?)...Oh, I guess you could say that you post reviews other places (like GoodReads) if you do.

  3. Perfect. This is why we love you.

    Ditto to bibliophiliac.

  4. Right in line with your personality! Perfect fit!

  5. My only recommendation would be to replace the "Cheers" with "Rock Chalk", but I guess that wouldn't be incredibly professional.

  6. Somewhat noncomittal, established obstacles to unwanted attention, succint...I like.