Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Non-Fiction Review Guidelines


First and foremost, we want nothing but complete honesty in your reviews. If you loved a title, that’s great! That’s what we are striving for at Thomas Nelson. We want to consistently produce quality non-fiction that inspires, informs, and challenges readers. If you didn’t enjoy a certain book, well that’s great as well! Of course we want every title to be a home run with readers, but when they aren’t we want to know why. The only way we can continue to bring our readers consistent and quality non-fiction is to receive honest and unbiased feedback from them. We’re not asking for positive reviews in return for free review materials. We’re asking for complete objectivity.
We ask that you keep your reviews under 200 words if at all possible. This word count allows you to be informative without being too informative. We want your reviews to be read and most people tend to shy away from long reviews. Here is our recommendation for the structure of each review:

Title: For the title of your post please include the title of the book and the author (e.g. For the Tough Times by Max Lucado)

Summary (50-100 words): Please make sure your summary is in the first few sentences of the review.
•What is this book about? What’s the overall gist of the message or topic?
•Summarize the message of the book in 3 or 4 sentences.
Your Reactions: (100-150 words)
* Was this book interesting to you? Did it challenge, inspire, or enlighten you in any way?
* Did the author(s) make you think? Did the author(s) hold your attention?
* Was the information presented in a cohesive, yet appealing manner?
* Did the author(s) successfully convey Biblical truth?
* Would you recommend this book to others?
You can see an example of both the structure and content of a quality non-fiction review here:

Please sign in to your account at and post the link to your review. If at all possible, be sure to provide the specific link to the post where your review is found.

After you’ve posted the review on your blog and our website, post your review on at least one consumer site such as,, or To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every Web or retail site review that Thomas Nelson has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.

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