There seems to be lots of discussion lately about the FTC disclaimers we use. I first read about it over at Sophisticated Dorkiness. Her post was really well written and she made several valid points.
Several days later, posts at There Were Books Involved… and On Starships & Dragonwings popped up in my feed, both of which were also very well done with valid points.
Nothing against any of these bloggers, but I stopped reading at that point and turned into a grumpy old curmudgeon, yelling at non-existent kids to get off my lawn.
When the FTC first issued their guidelines, I put a disclaimer at the end of my reviews like a good little blogger.
Then I was told that it needed to be at the top of my post. Fine. I moved it to the top of my reviews.
But no, that still wasn’t good enough as it’s supposed to stand out.
Sadly, I don’t have access to the flashing neon fonts so just changed the color. Finding phrasing that I was comfortable with, I thought I was in compliance and wouldn’t have to worry about it any more.
Apparently I counted my chickens before they were hatched and I’m still doing it wrong. *sigh*
What’s wrong with using “in exchange for an honest review” as part of your disclaimer? I only put that on the titles I actually review, not on my book haul posts.
My review policy states that I will be happy to take review requests under consideration and nowhere does it promise a review.
My only requests are to NetGalley/Edelweiss and the rest of my review copies come from email pitches. Do I really need to change my phrasing again?
Once I find something that I think works for me, I tend to keep it. I don’t like change for changes sake.
I am part of the Amazon Vine program, which recently changed policies and now requires a review for every item requested. This is still relatively new, as the program I signed up for only required a certain percentage of reviews per items.
I see nothing wrong with this, as they are sending you an item at no charge and the least you can do is write a review.
All this has done is make me more selective about which items I request, although to be honest I keep missing my deadlines and submitting my reviews late.
I seem to have issues with authority and deadlines and being told what to do, but that’s a discussion for another day….
Mountain or molehill?
So are bloggers making a mountain out of a molehill ? Do I really have to change my disclaimer if I don’t want to?
Several of the posts mention that changing their policy from “in exchange” to “for review consideration” has helped lower their stress levels about having to read all the books.
Lowering stress levels is always a good thing, but don’t we bring this on ourselves with self-imposed deadlines?
Lately, the only books I’ve been stressing about reading in time are blog tour books where I have to post on a certain date.
I do ask publishers/publicists/the-kind-people-who-pitch-me-books to let me know if they need a review posted by a certain date, but they rarely give me a date.
What say you?
Do I need to stop using my “book received in exchange for an honest review” disclaimer and change to “book received for review consideration“? Is it really that big a deal?
Should I update my review policy, which was last updated in 2012?
Should I include a link to my review policy in my acceptance emails to review pitches? Should I cut my waist-length hair short for the summer? Sorry…got distracted.
Anywaaaaay…..sorry for the long rant.
I’ve rewritten this a few times and while it’s not as snarky as my first draft, it’s probably still not fit for print.
But I can only rewrite something so many times before I get bored, and I’m going to post it anyway because I’d hate to have spent that much time working on something only to trash it.