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Post by EvaDar »

I am wondering if mods or anyone else is aware of the parameters of the conversation with authors on this site. Frequently I am interested in a book, and the description sounds good, but there is no internet presence at all, no Amazon description or opportunity to sample the book. I know better than to select a book I can't sample it. I've had too many unfortunate one-star reviews and a couple of books I couldn't even finish when I take these risks. The description on OBC isn't necessarily written by the author, so it is not a good indicator.

Does anyone know if authors are told that their books may not be reviewed if they don't have a vehicle for reading a sample? In these cases, I wonder if it would be possible to include a short sample of the writing in the description portion of the selection process.
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