Where Honesty Never Ends.
Here are the faces behind The Review Board and the components they look for when reviewing a particular work:
This Awesome Indies Approved (AIA) reviewer does profess to wanting it all when it comes to reviewing a book. Harmony is very flexible to story types (with the exception to loads of blood and gore). She expresses thrill at reading all types of genres and judges not the cover but the content. Some of the major things she looks for are:
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Here are the eleven degrees that will determine whether Mini Truth with bubble with enthusiasm or shake her head:
Mini Truth isn’t much of a stickler for grammar or punctuation. She recognizes we are all human and make mistakes and unfortunately, sometimes, do not notice them. However, when a book is drenched in it–by “drenched”, she means every page is covered with mistakes and typos–due to the obvious lack of editing, she cannot overlook it.
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Mini Truth is also host of Other Review Initiative (ORI), Truth on the Side. These reviews aren’t part of her assigned readings on The Review Board but readings she has done outside of the Board.
Mr. Controversy is a pretty simple person:
He looks for Coherence. He looks for Flaws. He looks for detail in ALL works (whether it is Poetry, Stories, etc.). He LOVES to envision himself being at that place in that moment in time. Most of all, Mr. Controversy looks for something that he would LOVE to have on his bookshelf; something at which that he can look, and smile brightly because it was THAT DAMN GOOD.
He is EXTREMELY Honest when he reviews.
If he LIKES your work, he will let you know.
If he does not Like your work…
Not only will Mr. Controversy REALLY let you know, he will point out more than three examples, correct your work (based on the examples pointed out by his truly), and give your work a Low Score based on The Review Board’s Ten-Star System which He Designed.
Also, Mr. Controversy is very open-minded and will read anything.
Now words directly from the man himself on his biggest pet peeve as well as what he trusts:
“I will quickly trust a one or two star review OVER a three through five star review on other websites. Those who have reviewed books THAT LOW are from reviewers who see that the work is not done well, and it prepares me mentally for what to expect from the writer.
My BIGGEST Pet Peeve is when I (or any of The Ladies of TRB) do a review and we are HONEST with our reviews and opinions, the author of the work complains about the review that THEY SOUGHT OUT with us.
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Mr. Controversy also serves as host of Other Review Initiative (ORI), The Corners of Controversy. This segment includes books and other things Mr. Controversy chooses to cover outside The Review Board.
What does the Unleashed one seek in a story? Elements that accomplish the S.C.O.R.E.!
Preferred book format(s): Love physical copies when available, pdf or mobi
No Labels Unleashed also hosts two Other Review Initiatives (ORI): Kindle App (and paperback) Random Robin (KARR) and The Fame and the Shame (TFTS).
1. Kindle App Random Robin (KARR): The Kindle App (and paperback) Random Robin are reads purchased by No Labels Unleashed or someone randomly sent a work to her individually to review. These are performed as time permits in her busy schedule.
2. The Fame and the Shame: The Fame and the Shame was created by No Labels Unleashed based on her experiences with customer service, retail and the like. She’s not only been on the customer side, but has spent many years being on the management side.
We hope this helps not only in your selection of reviewer (if you opt to do selection as opposed to random) but also gives you a glimpse in what your work will be measured by.