By The Editor
Nov 1, 2006 - 11:48
The Comic Book Bin accepts review material from vendors at any time. We receive a lot of review material so your submission has to compete with a lot of other products. Here are a few hints to make sure that we do review material you send us.
Please, do not send press releases to the addresses below. Please read our instructions on how to send us press releases and news material here.
1- What do you accept?
We accept DVDs, printed comic books, books, and video games for Xbox 360, Playstation 2, and Wii.
2- Do you review everything you receive?
We try to review everything we receive, whether you are a large media group or a small publisher operating out of your basement. As of this writing, we have not refused to review material from any vendor. As long as it's legal, we'll review it!
3- How fast do you review review material?
This depends on whom reviews your material. For example, publisher Hervé St-Louis gets more than his share of review material with piles increasing all the time. He will often have over 60 pieces of material sitting on his desk, waiting to be reviewed. He may not be the fastest reviewer, has he has a lot of other duties related to managing the Web site. However, he can be trusted to eventually review everything he receives.
Don't expect reviews to match launch dates. Send them way in advance to be safe.
4- Any tricks to make sure I get a speedy review?
Use strategy. For example, a lot of people like to have editor Leroy Douresseau review their books. But that puts a lot of pressure on him.
Diversify. Send your review material to writers whose name you see often on the site and have posted material recently. They are more likely to be able review your material quickly.
If you don't know whom to send your material to, contact publisher Hervé St-Louis, and ask him to assign you a writer. He'll know who you should send your review copies to and expect a quick review.
5- Do you return items once they are reviewed?
We do not return items as it would be cost prohibitive to do so. If you send us something, expect us to keep it. Please be aware that our team is spread all over the world. We have writers in Canada, the United States, Asia and Europe.
6- Can we pay for a review?
No you can't. You are welcome to purchase advertising from us at all time, but reviews are totally independent of advertising at The Comic Book Bin.
7- Can I post a copy of the review you guys wrote on my Web site or elsewhere?
Unfortunately, you can't and we never authorize anyone to reprint our articles. Just because you have sent us review material does not give you the right to publish in whole a review we have written about your products. If you have seen some our reviews copied entirely, know that this was not authorized and that once we find out about it, we will take measures to have the plagiarized article taken down immediately. We do it all the time, and we are not nice about it.
8- How do I let my audience know about your reviews?
You may quote a few lines - we suggest no more than three sentences from our reviews. If these three sentences are an entire paragraph to themselves or a substential amount of a short article, we strongly suggest that you quote less.
It's called fair usage, in the industry. You quote just a few lines to let your audience get an idea of our opinion. However, you must always give the the source of your quotes. Add the name of the writer, followed by the name of the site, The Comic Book Bin when quoting one of our articles or alternatively, you quote the source as being The Comic Book Bin.
If you want to add a link to our full article, next to the quote, you may.
9- Can I send you digital review material?
If you publish a Web comic book, send us a printed ashcan copy. There's nothing wrong with a black and white comic book on cheap printer paper. You can fold the pages to make them fit in a small envelope. But at least, we'll have something physical to work with.
10- What contact information should I include?
Always include full contact information in anything you send to us. That includes your email address.
11- Where do I send my stuff to? Any Physical Address?
Please send an email to Hervé St-Louis to know where to send review material.