I have broke this into four parts: Book Reviews, Product Reviews, Affiliations and Disclosure Policy. While I handle the reviews in a similar fashion, there are some noted differences. The Affiliates section will show some of the blogging groups and companies that I work with. The disclosure policy should speak for itself.
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Book Review Policy
Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Nothing compares to a good book! Except for maybe talking about it to others who share your passion for a great read. Most of my book reviews will be showcased on my dedicated book review blog: One Book Shy of a Full Shelf. Books that fit in with the feel and theme here at Red Barn Blue Skies can be posted on both sites if requested.
I am very choosy about the books I read and decide to review. After my own personal tastes, I try to find books that will then appeal to my blog readers and followers. Some of these subjects might include: pets, gardening, crafts, some paranormal, some theology, cooking, herbs, green living, horses, historical fiction, DIY, fantasy/science fiction, women’s fiction, some romance and chick-lit. For the most part, I will read just about anything that sparks an interest or might fuel a lively discussion. I have found that overall I don’t enjoy horror, graphic novels, true crime, politics, and most biographies. I am open to trying a specific book in these genres, but please don’t be offended if I choose not to accept a book. My reading time is limited and I need to pick those books that will have the best chance of being a fit for me and my readers.
I welcome all requests for reviews. I prefer to have a giveaway in connection with the review, but will consider other options on a case by case basis. I love to interact with authors in the form of interviews and/or guest posts. I feel this is a great way to further showcase the book being reviewed.
If I don’t choose to review a particular book, please don’t be offended. That one book may not be a fit, but your next one might be perfect for us. Be sure to keep us on the mailing list.
For the benefit of myself, the author/publisher, and my readers, I like to be able to take my time to enjoy a book and not be rushed to get it finished. Unless we are working on a blog tour or have already pre-arranged a date for the review, it may take several weeks or longer once I’ve received my copy to get the review written and published. I won’t post a review of a book that I haven’t read myself.
Click HERE for a list of some of my past book reviews. This will show you my writing style and how I format my posts. I do not like to make negative remarks and will not deliberately slam an author or a book. I do, however, write honest reviews. My reviews are 100% my own opinions and my own words. I like to focus on the aspects of a book that I really enjoyed or got a lot out of. I might mention something in passing that I didn’t especially care for in a book, but I won’t post a review slanted towards my dislike of it. If I am having a hard time with a book or just can’t find something positive to share about it, I reserve the right to discontinue reading it and/or not completing a review.
I like to use at least a cover photo of the book and may use others, including author photos. I will make use of links for locations to purchase the book as well as provide the information to contact the author via website or blog. If requested, I can also post a review on Amazon.com, Goodreads.com and others.
I retain the rights to what I have written on my blog. I have no problem with my reviews or comments being used elsewhere as long as there are links back to my blog and I am notified that the content is being used elsewhere.
I hope you’ll take the time to get to know a little bit about me and my writing style. I look forward to discussing with you the next good book.
Red Barn Blue Skies Product Review Policy
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Amazon.com – I am a member of their affiliate program and will many times include links to products in my posts and reviews. If a purchase is made through one of these links, I may receive a small commission.
Red Barn Blue Skies (formerly MoonCat Farms) Disclosure
This policy is valid from 31 March 2010 until further notice.
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation – all of which will be noted in any posts.
The compensation received (if any) will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. Advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements.
The owner(s) of this blog may be compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. Even though the owner(s) of this blog may receive compensation for our posts or advertisements, we always give our honest opinions, findings, beliefs, or experiences on those topics or products. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the bloggers’ own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider or party in question.
This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.
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