Contest: Reviewers Wanted
So, you want to be an Elitist Reviewer too? Well, you are in luck.
Contrary to popular belief, we do have lives. We work full-time, attend college, have families, aspire to be authors ourselves, and require sleep (sometimes). In short, we want to recruit a few peoples to be reviewers for us.
Here is what would be required of you:
1) Be a US resident. UPDATE: We changed our minds. So there. You can be from anywhere, but the book reviews will adhere to the US release schedule.
2) Read and review at least one to two books a month–if you read and review more, that’s fine too. At times, we may very well direct you on what books to read–we have Billy Corgan-like issues. Other times we will leave it up to you, as long as you tell us what you are going to review.
3) We will read and edit your review before hand.
4) If you are located in Provo or Salt Lake City, Utah, we may give you an ARC to read. If not, become friends with your local library and/or B&N. We don’t make money off this blog, so paying money to ship you ARCs just isn’t feasible.
5)Your reviews will follow our Hive-mind format, and you will avoid profanity in the review itself.
Make sense? Good.
This is a serious offer for those who want to make a serious effort. We have pride in our work, and we are also control freaks. We want your work to be high-quality, and we want it to be reliable. If you don’t think you can be reliable, don’t bother entering our “contest.”
This is a competition. We will pick a book, and you will read and review it. Here is how it will go down:
1) We pick a book or two.
2) You read it and review it.
3) You email us the review along with your “I’m a US resident” details.
4) We read your review. We will judge it on originality, quality of writing (it doesn’t have to be perfect, we WILL edit you reviews after all), clarity of writing, and whether or not your review was in line with what we thought. We want you to have similar tastes as us. Shocker right?
5) The one or two reviewers we felt were best, we will choose to be permanent reviewers on EBR.
Again, EBR is a big deal to us. We are beginning to show up on the covers of books. We want to maintain the confidence that publishers, agents, editors, publicists, and readers have in us. We are special, and we want to keep it that way.
The book of choice for the contest?
DUST OF DREAMS by Steven Erikson
THE FOLDING KNIFE by KJ Parker
JULIAN COMSTOCK by Robert Charles Wilson
This contest will go until the 4th of June.
Q– Can I review both books for the contest?
A– Sure, if they both are solid reviews, it will give us confidence in you. However, if one sucks, it will screw you.
Q– How long should the reviews be?
A– Look at our reviews (there are dozens of them). While the lengths may vary in some cases, they are almost all around the same length.
Q– Is it OK to put spoilers in the review?
A– No. If you do, we will send ninja-zombies after you. Then we will delete your submission.
Q– Where will I be on the EBR totem-pole?
A– We (Nick and Steve) are the main dudes (and handsome ones at that). The site is ours. You will be an active participant, which puts you between us, and the guest reviewers who only participate occasionally.
Please email us with any other question.