Your faithful booksluts have been receiving some questions somewhat frequently, so I thought perhaps it was time to start a page for frequently-asked questions.
Before reading through the FAQ, the main thing to realize is that at the core of most of the answers to these questions is the fact that we don’t intend to pimp out our blog. Our main goal is to create quality content by blogging about things we genuinely want to blog about. Everything else has to take a backseat to that. Being writers and readers both, it would be a bit of an effrontery to our own sensibilities if we put out less than our genuine best.
Do you accept guest reviews/review contributions?
Yes! If you would like to write a guest review, a Reading Rage, or any other bookish guest posts, please submit your post idea to email@example.com. Note that our posts typically all undergo edits, both self-edits and by our editor-in-chief; if you submit a post, you may be asked to edit portions before it can be accepted for publication on our site.
To increase your chances of being accepted for publication, please:
- Contact me beforehand via e-mail to run the idea behind the post by us (or the book you want to review) so you don’t invest a lot of energy beforehand. (Note that if I give you the go-ahead, this doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll accept the final post.)
- Write a couple of drafts before submitting.
- Write your post in a readable style. Funny is a bonus. We love funny–but not mean-funny. Don’t be a dick.
- If writing a post that contains an argument, have sources for figures or non-”common knowledge” facts. Also, argue your points well. My head explodes when points are not argued well.
- Have a bio ready to put at the end of your post. You don’t have to send it with your submission, but it’s always better to have it ready so I can schedule the post promptly.
In the future, when you are looking for new booksluts and guest booksluts, how would I go about becoming one of said booksluts?
If and when we’re looking for new contributors, we’ll probably be looking right here on this blog for people who visit often, or at blogs that we frequent. If you really dig IB and you might someday want to contribute, the best thing to do would be to participate here and interact with us on a regular basis (by commenting or on Twitter would be your best bet). If you don’t have a blog we can look at, you may want to write up some sample book reviews and posts and have them waiting in the wings, so we can see if your style jibes with ours (but don’t force it–just be your natural self when writing, or it will sound . . . well, forced). If we don’t choose you, it will probably just be because our styles don’t mesh well, so please, do not take it personally. I wouldn’t eat beef on chocolate ice cream, but that doesn’t mean they’re not damn good if you eat them separately.
Do you accept books for review?
Read our review policy here, my lovelies.
If you don’t like my book/product and don’t review it, will you send it back?
Nope. If you send us something to review, it’s ours.
Will you pimp out my (book/website/project) on your site?
I’d rather not be approached about this unless it’s something extraordinary, like a charity thing. I only intend to share things with my readers that I genuinely enjoy or think is worthwhile. I never want people to come here and feel like they are reading an advertisement, or wonder if we’re being compensated to promote something.
That having been said . . .
Are you planning to advertise on this blog?
Right now, I am suspending our sponsorship program because I am going to be re-designing the blog. I don’t want anyone’s adspace to be interfered with should I be working on parts of the blog that include ads during the time that the ad is running.
We will, in the near future, be accepting sponsors. We now accept sponsors. Sponsorship on IB is limited to sidebar ads; we will not, under any circumstances, be doing paid blog posts or sponsored blog posts. Our content will remain ours, and we will maintain honesty and integrity, even if we’re reviewing a product from someone who has purchased ad space from us. Honest content is more important to us than selling advertising, and anybody who purchases advertising on IB will have to accept that.
We may be booksluts, but we gots standards.
Will you host a giveaway with my product?
Maybe. We do plan on doing giveaways, although, frankly, we don’t want to be come a “giveaway” blog–I’d sooner use my own money to get something my readers will value than to give away free stuff just to attract a ton of people who are just looking for free stuff. If you want us to host a giveaway for your product, we will need to sample the product to make sure we like it. If it’s a book, we may want to read it first.
Will you trade links with me/add me to your blogroll?
Maybe? If you have to ask, probably not. If we come to know your work during the course of interacting with you, you won’t need to ask, we’ll just do it.
Did you copy Bookslut when you were making up your name?
I had no idea Bookslut was even a thing until it was too late to redesign the site and move it. For now, we’re gonna stick to our name unless there is some legal issue. (And yeah, I know (now), they’ve been around for like eight years. I’d still never heard of it, nor had my voraciously-reading fellow bookslut. Sorry, Bookslut. It was truly unintentional.)
New FAQs as things come up. If you have any additional questions, you may leave them in the comments!