Pure Textuality Blogger Application

We are looking for people who are willing to commit to 2 reviews per month. You’re welcome to do as many as you’d like, but we ask for a minimum of 2 monthly.

We get upwards of 500 review requests every single month on PT, both indie and traditionally published. Obviously, we only read what we want to or what interests us. PT bloggers are granted access to a gmail inbox where I send all of our review requests. If you want to read a title, you respond back to me and I request it from the author. You are not at all obligated to accept the requests I send to the shared inbox. You can read and review basically anything you want, whether it is received from me or not. The only thing I ask is NO RELIGION AND NO POLITICS. You are welcome to review memoirs, but I reserve the right to deny posting the review if it is a memoir from an extremist (i.e. someone who likes to murder puppies, religious fanatics, etc) or something like that. I am a VERY laid back blogger and I dont say no to much, but I wont allow reviewers to use PT as their own personal soapbox. It's my soapbox. lol

Since every reader walks away from a book having had a different experience, we are 100% cool with multiple reviewers submitting reviews for the same title. So if you want to do a review and you see that someone else has already reviewed it, fret not. Lol You’re welcome to still submit it and I will still post it.

We are 100% against ebook piracy and I have adopted a zero-tolerance policy. If I find out one of my reviewers is supplying review copies given to Pure Textuality to the public, I will remove them and all of their reviews from PT, and I will post something publicly about the incident to warn my fellow bloggers and authors. I know this sounds harsh, but this is not something I will tolerate. I love the publishing industry and the only way we (I'm also an author) will survive is to be able to do our job and not have people steal from us.

I am all about forging relationships with authors through PT. If you already have an established relationship with an author and would like to help promote them on PT, I am all for it. Just let me know ahead of time what you’d like to do and when, and I will be happy to add it to the posting calendar (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the posting calendar). If an author sends me a thank you note for a review you did (this happens pretty regularly), I will pass the info along. I try to keep my reviewers as involved as possible.

As I stated above, we get a ton of review requests every month, so those ARC’s are available to you. If there’s an ARC you’d like to request (Big Six/Five, Small Press, or Indie), please let me know ahead of time, and I will request it for you. Publishers are using NetGalley and Edelweiss eARC’s a lot now, so just know your ARC may not always be a physical copy. If you are not currently set up on NetGalley or Edelweiss, fear not, we can fix that. ;) I am always willing to go to bat for my review team, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Pure Textuality no longer does ratings on books. You can read the reasons by clicking here: http://puretextuality.com/2013/11/07/news-jenas-on-her-soapbox-again-and-you-have-thatkevinsmith-to-blame/

We ask that your review contain three topics: What I Liked, What I Didn’t Like, Who I Would Recommend It To. You’re welcome to type more than that for your review, we just ask that those sections be included. And your review doesn't need to actually be frameworked with those sections, as long as those elements are part of what make up your review, I am happy. If it is easier for you to framework your review with the sections, by all means! Some reviewers start out that way and as they become more comfy with what they're trying to say, the rigid framework tends to fall away. :)

Just try not to sling the almost always offensive C-word. lol

As far as I know, PT has only ever posted 2 reviews containing spoilers. If you MUST have a spoiler in your review, please let me know so I can put warning markers in. I am one of those people who believes a review should be an intelligent discussion of the book. It shouldn’t be a summary of the book that makes it so the reader no longer needs to read it. We are trying to entice readers into buying the book, or not if it's horrible, but we dont want to take that choice away from them. By summarizing the book, that's exactly what we are doing.

We do not screen reviews for authors on PT. What we promise is a fair and honest review but only if we like the book. If you didn’t like a book, whether or not your review it is up to you. Just be respectful if you choose to post a review. We don’t post tear-down pieces on PT and the review should ALWAYS be about the book, and never about the author as a person. We don’t tolerate author bullying either, so ragging about an author you think is a great, big a-hole and disguising it as a book review is not cool. I strongly feel that our review format allows a reviewer to respectfully state their case on how they felt about the book, but still allows the readers to make up their mind as to whether or not they want to buy the book.

Occasionally, PT is asked if is alright to use a quote from one of our reviews in a book. ALL REVIEWS POSTED TO PT BELONG TO PT. Therefore, it’s up to me. I have never said no, and I will always let the reviewer know if one of their reviews is chosen for a jacket quote. I just want to know what we have out there for quotes, that's all. I also need to make sure we never get misquoted.

All reviews posted on PT are posted to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google+. It is up to the reviewer who wrote the review to also post it to Amazon and/or Goodreads. That way, the review on those other sites are in your name.

Most of our promo is done via Twitter. All reviews get posted with the reviewer’s Twitter name and the author’s Twitter name in the title. That way, both parties receive the link to the review in their @Mentions. If the reviewer and/or author doesn’t have a Twitter, or I cant find it, it doesn’t get included. If you don’t use Twitter and have no interest in using Twitter, don’t worry about it. Having one is not a requirement. If you don’t have a Twitter and want to get started, I have created a document called Twitter For Dummies (click here to download). TFD is a simple guide on how to use Twitter, but if there are any questions you need help with, I am always available.

-------------- WHAT’S NEXT? --------------
If you are chosen to become a reviewer for Pure Textuality, we will ask that you send us the following info:

We only use first names here. However, some of us are authors. If you are an author, your pen name(s) can be included on your profile pages.

We all have a bio that is more like a conversational introduction. Introduce yourself as though you’re talking to a new friend. For an example, here’s mine. It doesn’t need to be a resume. Just tell the readers about yourself as if you were meeting them in person. :)

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Just send whatever pics you’d like included on your profile page.

If you have your own blog or whatever, you’re allowed to include links to those on your profile page. Just include them when you send your stuff my way.

Once I have everything I need to set up your profile page, I will get that created, get your signature graphic created, and post a public introduction on PT.

To submit a review, you just go to our Submit a Review page, under the Bloggers Wanted heading at the top of PureTextuality.com. The review submission page is password protected (if you're chosen, your welcome email will include the password). All you need to do is fill out the form on that page. I take care of the blurb, cover image, and purchase links.


    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question
    This is a required question