FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We know there are a lot of things to consider when hiring a service like ours. Here are some answers to the most often asked questions when it comes to ARC Management.


Why should I pay GRR to handle my ARCs?


Because ensuring advanced readers actually leave reviews is time consuming, and that time is better spent writing new books! Let Gay Romance Reviews take care of everything: finding interested reviewers from within our carefully selected team, sending the file, following up, and tracking the results. External review services like ours are also a great way for new readers to discover your work. We regularly hear from our reviewers that they’ve found a new favourite author to binge-read after reading an ARC they got from us.




Who are the GRR reviewers?


Our reviewers are super-fans, recommenders, supporters, and lovers of gay romance. Reviewers are carefully selected based on their reviewing history, engagement with the online MM community, and their enthusiasm for both the genre and discovering new authors.




Do you only accept new releases?


Nope! We’ll work with any title, new or old. As long as it’s gay romance of some sort, we’re in. There’s never a bad time for fresh reviews.




My book is enrolled in KDP Select/Kindle Unlimited, can I still submit it?


Amazon says the following about offering review copies in general: Can I give free or discounted copies of my books to readers? You may provide free or discounted copies of your books to readers. However, you may not demand a review in exchange or attempt to influence the review. And this in direct reference to books enrolled in KDP Select: Exclusivity. When you include a Digital Book in KDP Select, you give us the exclusive right to sell and distribute your Digital Book in digital format while your book is in KDP Select. During this period of exclusivity, you cannot sell or distribute, or give anyone else the right to sell or distribute, your Digital Book (or a book that is substantially similar), in digital format in any territory where you have rights. (Quoted from January 2020 update.) Per the above quotes, we believe distributing review copies to professional reviewers through our program is acceptable under the Terms of Service laid out in the KDP agreement. However, as Amazon's ToS are subject to both interpretation and change, the ultimate decision on distributing ARCs through our program resides with the author. For more information, please see the agreement here: Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions




My new release is book 3 in a series—can I submit the first two books so reviewers can get caught up?


Yes. Later books in a series always get a better response when reviewers have the opportunity to catch up with a series they might not be familiar with. We will extend the reviewing deadline slightly for those reviewers requesting multiple books, and each book will have a posted review.




Do you guarantee the number of copies that will be sent out?


We do not. Our reviewers enjoy a wide variety of sub-genres, topics, and tropes, but whether or not they decide to request an ARC is completely up to them. Requiring reviews is against Amazon’s Terms of Service, and that’s not something we want to challenge even a little bit.




Can I limit the number of copies available?


Yes. Part of the submission process is setting a maximum number of copies you’re comfortable with. Should the requests exceed your limit, we will offer you the opportunity to increase the limit, but you will always make the final decision about how many copies of your books will be distributed.




Do you guarantee positive reviews?


We do not. Our reviewers will leave honest reviews based on their reading experience. Should a reader choose not to leave a negative review, they simply need to inform us of that and we accept their choice.




Are the reviewers paid or compensated in any way?


Definitely not. This is expressly against Amazon’s Terms of Service.




Where will the reviews be posted?


Our primary goal is to have reviews posted to Amazon. We have reviewers from around the world, so not all reviews will be posted to the US site, but 90% will be posted to Amazon. There are some amazing reviewers who either do not or can not post on Amazon, and they generally submit Goodreads and/or Bookbub reviews.




How long until the reviews are posted?


Our readers require at least 14 days to review each book. Depending on when GRR receives your ARC, reviews can be posted as soon as the first few days of release.




What book formats do you accept?


We prefer mobi files, but also welcome epub. You can also submit a book with a Prolific Works or Bookfunnel link, but for the privacy of our reviewers, it must be set to not collect personal information beyond a name. We do not currently accept print books but would be open to exploring this method if requested.




What steps do you take to prevent piracy?


While it’s impossible to eliminate piracy completely, we do take steps to prevent the chances of it. By being selective with who we accept to the team, we know that our reviewers are book lovers and author-supporters. We store all files in a private cloud accessible by only 2 administrators. We track which reviewers are following through with their reviews and if they’re unresponsive to our reminders, they’re placed on the ‘naughty list’ until they’re caught up with outstanding reviews. In more than two years, we have never had a reported piracy concern and will continue to do our best to maintain this success.




Is there anything you won’t accept?


Keep it Amazon-legal. No bestiality, necrophilia (zombies and vampires excluded), or pedophilia.




AUDIO - Do you have US and UK reviewers?


We sure do! We are always looking to add more UK reviewers to our team to increase the number of codes we’re able to send out, but we also have many reviewers who are able to use codes for either site.




AUDIO - My codes came through Tantor rather than Audible - can you still take them?


Of course. Audible is definitely the preference among our reviewers, but they’re such audio fans, they’re very flexible. As long as a paid account/subscription is not required, we’ll accept codes for any site.





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