Hear Our Voices’ mission is to amplify and share #Ownvoices reviews. In an effort to make that possible, we aim to cultivate a safe and supportive community for authors and reviewers.
- We encourage reviewer communication. If you’re reading an ARC and not enjoying it, please let us know so that we can keep an eye on whether or not this book is well-received by OwnVoices reviewers. If we find that the book is problematic, or offensive to the community it’s representing, then we will contact the publisher to address the issues.
- We encourage reviewers to speak their minds, whether positive or negative. However, we ask that tour stops (the creative content that we link to on our website) are used to uplift the author’s work. We ask for an overall positive theme to hype up the release of new #OwnVoices novels. If you believe that you cannot review or create content that fits this mold, then please reach out to us. If you’d like to post a negative review of a book that you have signed up to be a host for, then we ask that you wait until the end of the tour and notify us so we can provide you with alternative promotional material. If you do not feel comfortable continuing to support the book in any way, we can remove you from the tour. The most important thing is that you communicate with us. If you are unsure what qualifies as a negative review, please refer to our FAQ page.
- We have a zero-tolerance policy for personal attacks on authors. If your content or reviews are found to have personally attacked an author or a real-life community, the post will be removed from our website and you will be banned from all future tours. Please note that this is not referring to legitimate criticism of a novel or theme, but to direct attacks.
- As tour organizers, we ask that you do not tag authors directly in your reviews. Feel free to tag Hear Our Voices, and we will promote your content! If you wish to link the author’s social media, please do that in the post itself. We do this for both the author’s and reviewer’s safety. The only exception is an author interview, in which you can tag an author at your own discretion.
The Rule of Threes
To streamline our tours and ensure that they are filled with original and creative content, we have implemented a rule of 3’s to determine when it is possible that a reviewer will be removed from a tour.
- If a reviewer has 3 separate instances of posting late for a tour without notifying us beforehand, then we have the grounds to remove them from any current tours and prevent them from signing on to tours in the future. If a reviewer reaches out to us before, or explains after why they were tardy, then the strike can be expunged.
- We will also remove any accounts on tours that have been inactive for 3 months as of the day that their creative content is scheduled. Once again, communication with our team negates these offenses – if you need to take a break, or are having difficulties with personal health, we completely understand. All we need is a notification that you will be late or inactive.
Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and supportive.