Rating and Reviewing Policy
ALL books will be read and reviewed on a “first come, first serve” basis. When you send in a request for your book to be reviewed on Literature Approved, you are agreeing that any of the Contributor reviewers may read and review your book. For more details visit the Partner & Contributor Reviewers page or meet the reviewers.
At Literature Approved, all the reviewers are Christians and our reviewing and rating is based on Christian morals. However we do not review only Christian books, but rather seek out general market books as well, for the purpose of giving a Christian-based review on books of all kinds. Our meaning of “Christian-based” review is:
To seek out morals and values portrayed in a story, as well as to make note of Christian content (if any), how high the graphic, sexual, and explicit the language is (if any), so that readers can choose books according to their personal and/or religious preferences.
The notes mentioned in reviews do not always automatically deduct stars as some other sites do, though there are a few things (listed below) that do result in automatic star deductions. Reviewers are given the freedom to rate books based on personal morals and personal opinions, so long as they mention the questionable content for future readers. So, though a book may have cursing in it, that does not necessarily mean that it will receive a star reduction (depending on the reviewer) but it will be mentioned in the review regardless. If in doubt, include a content guide in your Review Request and we will help you determine if it is too explicit to receive a suitable rating on our site.
AUTOMATIC STAR DEDUCTIONS:
- Sex Scene(s) (3 star deduction)
- Wildly vulgar language–would be rated R if it were a movie (2 star deduction)
- Poor quality of editing–your book should not read like a rough draft if it is published! (2 star deduction)
HORROR AND EROTICA WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED BY ANY OF OUR REVIEWERS NOR FEATURED ON OUR SITE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
Note: Your book may contain some language as well as some sexual content, and if you feel that it is not explicit, you may submit it. Our reviewers try their very best to finish books that have been promised a review regardless of what is stumbled upon within the pages, but we do have standards, and if an author submits a book knowing what was mentioned above and a reviewer cannot finish reading due to overwhelming content, the book will receive only one star and future requests from that author will automatically be rejected. We just ask for honesty, so please, if you have any content that you are worried about, mention it in your submission and we will let you know if you are a good match for us.
Fiction and Nonfiction (Adult/Young Adult):
All adult and young adult fiction is rated and reviewed based on quality of the storyline, characters, writing, and how much the reviewer enjoyed the book. Other aspects of reviews will be on how clean it is (language and sexual content) and how graphic the action is. Our reviewers love books and all have different elements of fiction that they like to focus on and place an emphasis on in their reviews (Rayleigh loves the underlaying messages, Valerie loves character development, and AnnaScott loves the interesting stories), so some things may be more important to reviewers than others.
Nonfiction is rated and reviewed on a similar basis, but instead of storyline and characters, nonfiction is reviewed on the above and how easy to understand, how engaging, and how well the author articulated his/her point.
Children’s books/Middle Grade:
We rate and review children’s books based off of family qualities and learning opportunities. In our opinion, a book read to a child needs to be more than just a story; it needs to have lessons on that child’s level, well-done pictures, and to have engaging writing. Kids need to be read to in order for them to grasp a love for learning and reading at a young age. So the books that we read and review will be rated on how useful to the children they are, with 1 star being rubbish and 5 stars being very educational.
Reviewing on other sites:
We always post our reviews on the following (so there is no need to ask us to do so in your inquiry):
- BARNES & NOBLE
Also, we only post reviews on the above so please don’t ask for other websites.
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