Book Country Community Guidelines
Additionally, by posting your manuscript or chapters of your manuscript on Book Country, you’re allowing us to display your work to others on the Book Country site. You retain copyright and full ownership of your work.
Book Country is intended for users 18 years of age and older. By posting work or engaging in community activities on Book Country, you’re affirming that you are of the appropriate age. If it comes to our attention that you don’t meet the minimum age requirements, we’ll have no choice but to revoke your membership and ban you from further participation in Book Country activities.
Book Country is intended to be a supportive online space where writers and readers can engage in a positive atmosphere of encouragement, collaboration, and creativity. Above all, we expect Book Country members to respect one another and the community as a whole. This respect should carry over into every area of interaction within the Book Country community. We heartily support and encourage civil debate and conversation, and we recognize your right to disagree with another Book Country member in the comments or forum threads, but we also expect you to behave like an adult and frame your opinions in a respectful and polite way. Personal attacks will not be tolerated. Likewise, comments designed to provoke hatred or incitements to commit violence are not acceptable. Users who violate this policy risk having their membership revoked and being banned from Book Country.
If you see anything that you believe violates this spirit of community respect, please do us a favor and flag it with the relevant Report Abuse button. We have placed them in appropriate spots all over the site.
Copyright & Copyright Infringement
All work that you post on Book Country is yours, and you own all copyright to that work. Period.
By posting your work on Book Country, you’re affirming that the work is in fact your own and doesn’t infringe on another writer’s copyright. That includes not posting work featuring a published author’s copyrighted characters or world, something that is commonly referred to as “fanfic.” While we respect fanfic communities—a lot of great writers started out writing fanfic, after all!—Book Country is designed for writers who want to post and workshop strictly original material.
for information on copyright infringement and takedown procedures.
Writing Peer Reviews
Always keep in mind that you are critiquing the writing and not the writer when giving feedback. The purpose of the peer review system is to help Book Country members become better at their chosen craft. To that end, try to keep in mind that the more constructive your critique is, the more useful it will be to the writer. A review that is superficially positive but contains no specific feedback is less helpful than a negative review that offers constructive criticism. Try to avoid generalized comments like “Hey, great book!” in favor of specific comments on the strengths and/or weaknesses of the work.
Pay attention to the feedback criteria that the writer has selected. For example, if a writer has asked for feedback on plot and dialogue, but you choose to offer feedback on pacing and character development, the writer may not find your review helpful. If you think that the writer has asked about the wrong criteria, however, you are welcome to mention that in the general feedback portion of your review. And before you post your review, please reread it and ask yourself, “How would I feel if someone left this peer review on my work?”
Using the Discussion Forums
We’ve designed the Book Country Discussion Forums around the topics we believe writers chat about most often. We hope you’ll use these topics to jumpstart conversation or ask specific writing and publishing questions. That being said, we have a few guidelines for the best way to use the Discussion Forums:
When you start a thread, try to ask a specific question in the thread title. We’ve found this is the best way to solicit responses and engage others in your discussion.
Please stay on topic.
Self-promotion is allowed only in the “Introduce Yourself” and the “Member News and Announcements” discussion areas in the “Book Country” category.
Although we prohibit the posting of spam in the Discussion Forum, we do actively encourage you to share outside links to useful resources in the “Tools & Resources” section. Please do not use URL shorteners.
While we’ve provided a place for you to discuss your agent search with other writers, this is not the proper venue for posting graded reviews of how an agent does or doesn’t respond to queries. There are other great forums for that, and you can find them under the “Online Resources for Writers Resources” category.
Don’t try to hijack a thread for your own personal agenda. It’s rude and a good way to get banned from the community.
Threads created for the sole purpose of starting a flame war will be shut down fast. (See above re: respect!)
If you think that a comment you’re about to post is going to offend someone, you’re probably right. Take another look at it before you post.
If you’d like us to consider adding a Topic or Category for Discussion, please send us your suggestion on our Topics page.
Some Common Sense Guidelines on Content
We respect your creative choices when it comes to your posted manuscripts and books. But the rest of the content you contribute to the Book Country site (reviews, comments, author profile, book details, discussion threads, etc.) should follow these basic common sense guidelines:
Don’t post any content or photos that don’t belong to you. Copyright infringement is serious!
Try to keep it clean outside of your own posted manuscript. Please don’t use vulgar language in your comments or reviews. We’ll cut you a little more slack in the Discussion forums because real conversations will take place but we expect you to choose your words with care. And remember, using foul language as a personal attack is a surefire way to be banned from the community.
Don’t post content that is obscene, pornographic, abusive, or harassing/threatening in nature.
Don’t post content that incites someone to violence or to commit a criminal act.
Don’t post content that solicits funds or services.
Don’t post content that solicits personal information from another member.
Don’t post content that contains viruses or malware.
Don’t impersonate anyone.
Don’t post content that libels or defames another person.
Harassment & Member Safety
We take member safety very seriously at Book Country. If you feel that another Book Country member is exhibiting predatory behavior toward you or another member, including but not limited to stalking, threats, harassment, or intimidation, please notify
a Book Country administrator immediately. Please do not try to confront the member on your own.
Posting spam will not be tolerated. This means no posting of links to advertisements or commercial ventures of any kind, whether within the body of a review, in a comment, or on a discussion thread.
One Last Word
Remember that Book Country is a community, and communities work best when lots of people participate, enjoy themselves, and gain from the experience. Jump in, post some writing, review some chapters, play with the Genre Map, start a discussion and—most of all— have fun!