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Contributions

Contributions to the Reading Project are welcome from anyone. We try to encourage other people’s engagement with books for the personal enjoyment they give and for their continuing cultural importance.

If you think you might contribute reviews to this website, please read the following which will outline the steps and conditions to do this.

Reasons to contribute

Reading Project is a non-profit website. Our website takes no paid advertisements and makes no money. No one receives payment to run it. This means no money can be paid for reviews.

Reading Project is privately run for the purposes of encouraging reading and sharing our love of reading with others. However, if you have a website, we are happy for you to advertise your website in your biography on the About/Blog page, if you choose to have one, and we can provide links to your website in your reviews.

Apart from that, we like to think of the Reading Project as a labour of love. If you wish to contribute, we encourage you to think of your contribution primarily deriving from a personal interest in reading and desire to share your thoughts about your reading experience with others.

If all that is okay with you, then thank you for your contribution!

Step 1

Contact us via our email or our Guestbook stating your desire to make contributions.

Please give us a name to identify you as a reviewer on the website. It does not have to be your real name.

If you wish, you can also supply a short reviewer biography to be displayed on our About/Blog page. Examples of the style and length of biographies can be found on the About/Blog page. Please supply a photo that we can use to represent you if you wish to have a reviewer biography. This does not need to be your face (although that would be nice). It might be a favourite object, scene or avatar. Biographies without pictures will receive a blank portrait, which is pretty boring.

Step 2

Tell us the name and author of the book you intend to read and review prior to your reading it so that we can put it up in our Books Currently Being Read panel on our Main Page.

Step 3

Read your book and review it! Reviews should be sent to our email (which can also to be found under Contacts in our Menu). Please consider some of the guidelines below for contributing to this site.

Guidelines

Reviews should be your original work. We have no interest in reproducing work copied from other websites. For this reason, it is less complicated if the review is written for the Reading Project.

Reviews should be written formally, using proper punctuation and paragraphs. This does not mean you cannot have your own style. You are encouraged to offer opinions in creative ways, with discussion based upon the book you have read and other relevant knowledge you have. We wish to avoid overly colloquial language, text speak and emoticons, which do not serve the audience we imagine, or clarity.

We wish to avoid overly short reviews that do not explain your point of view or give the reader some genuine insight into the book you have read. Many of the reviews for this website are over one thousand words, but there are others that are shorter. We recommend 600 to 1000 words as a starting guideline, but we’re happy to go longer if you really have something to say.

Each review should be clearly labelled in the Subject line of the email: that is, the title and author of the book and your reviewer name. Also, include the following information at the beginning of your review so that we can prepare the review for publication:

If the above information is missing it may delay your review being published.

In addition to this, any suggestions for sidebar content for your review would be appreciated. We like to include extra relevant images or tidbits of information to the right of each review when we can.

All reviews will be checked for errors before publication and might be subject to small corrections. (This does not mean it won’t have errors when we publish it. We find errors we have made all the time and are constantly trying to eliminate them!)

We will try to get reviews published within 48 hours of receiving them.

Copyright

The copyright of submitted reviews remains with their author, as will any original images sent to us to be used for the purposes of review. All other images remain the property of their owners.

By submitting reviews and original images to the Reading Project, you are giving us permission to make them available on our website for the minimum period of two years after the date they were first uploaded to Neocities. Reviews will be removed from the website any time after the initial two years at the request of the copyright owner. However, if a request is not received from the copyright owner to remove a review after the initial two years, we will continue to host the review and other original images submitted with it.

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