You can search for a manuscript to review by title, subtitle, author, genre, subgenre, about the book, about the author, author notes, audience level and keywords. You may also navigate to another member’s profile and view a list of all the titles that person has posted and reviewed.
Once you find a book that looks interesting, click on Read and Review. The manuscript will open and a review section to the right of the manuscript will be displayed for you to fill in. Watch this video, Writing Peer Reviews, for more information.
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The Book Review Details page gives you a snapshot of all activity surrounding any book in peer review. In addition to seeing the book’s nib rating, version history description, and Author’s Note, you can also read all the Peer Reviews that have been posted for the title, and you can share a book title with a non-member via email, Twitter or Facebook.
Definitely! We’re a community and that means we help each other. Even if you’re not an experienced reviewer, keep this in mind: you are a voracious reader in a certain literary category. A writer who wants to be successful in that category will find your insight immensely valuable. Think of reviews as thoughtful comments.
Spend some time reading reviews posted by other members first so you can get a feel for the kind of feedback that is most helpful to writers. You can also find helpful tips for peer reviews in our discussion forums.
Here are some tips:
Find a book that you want to review then click the Read & Review button. Once you are in the online reader, there is a peer review section to the right of the manuscript you are reading. Simply fill in the text boxes, provide a star rating, and submit your review. Watch this video, Writing Peer Reviews, for a step-by-step guide on how to write and post reviews.
You must enter at least 140 characters in the overall feedback section before you can post your review and assign a nib rating. Please note, the character count does not include any quotes you highlight from the manuscript. You can’t post a review until you assign a nib rating to the overall review section.
Also, if you want to assign a nib rating for optional criteria box the writer selected, such as character development or voice, you must enter some text in the review category to leave a rating. You must assign a nib rating to each optional category where you entered text before you can post your review. If you don’t want to assign a nib rating for the optional criteria, simply leave those sections blank.
Here are some tips for when an author requests additional feedback on the optional criteria:
Make sure you have entered at least 140 characters, and at least some text in each criteria box the author selected for review. Please note, the character count does not include any quotes you highlight from the manuscript. You must also assign a nib rating to each category you entered text for before you can post your review.
Double check your character count and nib rating. The Post Review button will not be activated until you enter at least 140 characters in the overall feedback section. Please note, this does not include any quotes you highlight from the manuscript. You must also assign a nib rating to each optional category where you entered text before you can post your review.
Yes, simply click the Save for Later button. You may come back later to edit and update your review. Please note, it’s possible the writer could post a new version of their book since your review was last saved. You have the option to finish your review for the old version or navigate to the newer version and leave a review there.
Yes, click in the review category where you would like to reference text from the manuscript. Next, click and highlight the text you would like to quote, and then click Quote to automatically enter the text you would like to quote. You may only highlight two paragraphs at a single time of selection.
This prevents plagiarism. You can use the Quote feature in order to easily copy a few sentences you wish to directly address in your review.
This prevents plagiarism and protects the work of Book Country members. As a guideline, you want to quote just enough text so the writer has a frame of reference for the point in their manuscript where you are providing feedback.
The quoted text will be in italics and have quotes around the text. The review you write will display in a regular font style.
Book Country uses nib ratings to help writers understand how much work is needed on their book and how ready the manuscript is for publication. Think of the nib ratings on a scale of rough draft to final draft. One nib means that the book needs a lot of improvement and five nibs means that the book is polished and ready for publication.
Here’s how we think about the nib ratings:5 nibs — piece is publication-ready4 nibs — piece needs some editing and minor revisions3 nibs — piece needs significant revision, perhaps another draft2 nibs — piece needs several more drafts and maybe some reconceptualization1 nib — piece needs significant redrafting as well as reconceptualizationEverything on Book Country is a “Work In Progress” and every book, even ones by bestselling authors, has room for improvement. That’s why we’re sharing in the first place!
Make sure that you've entered text in all of the requested feedback criteria fields, and that your overall review has at least 140 characters or more. You cannot assign a nib rating unless you do so. Please note, quoted text from the manuscript you are reviewing does not count towards the minimum character count.
No, make sure you double check your review before you post it! You will not be able to edit later.
You can submit one review per version of a manuscript. So, if you leave a review on the first version of manuscript, you may offer a review of the second version after the author posts it.
Book Country is a writing and publishing community. We believe in the importance of helping others to succeed. That’s why ask you to read and review at least one other person’s manuscript before posting your own.
Many Book Country members tell us that they learn a lot about what their book need from reading and reviewing the work of fellow writers.
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We encourage you to post as many as you like! There is no restriction on how many peer reviews you post overall.
Click on Report Abuse next to the review, and an email will be sent to our administrators. We will then determine if the review should be deleted. Please note that if it’s determined the review should be pulled, the overall nib rating will recalculate without the abusive review.
The writer may have moved their book out of peer review to our publishing tools or they may have pulled their book down for peer review.