Book Services: Terms & Conditions

Last updated 6th November, 2018

Thank you for choosing Crime Traveller to review or feature your true crime book.  This document advises you of the review process and the terms of agreement for Crime Traveller book services. Please read through these carefully. You will need to confirm you have read and accepted these terms before your book can be accepted.

This Agreement (this “Agreement“) is made on the date in which a completed book details form is submitted by you (” the Customer” or “you“). By agreeing to this Agreement and submitting your book details for a review or feature (the “Review” or “Feature”) by Crime Traveller, you as the Customer hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agree to the following terms and conditions.

1. Submission.

Crime Traveller offers two book services to customers; a full Book Review or a shorter Book Feature. To order one of these services Customers are required to complete Step 1: Your Book Details to provide information about the book to be Reviewed or Featured. Once submitted, an invoice will be sent to the submitted email address from PayPal in order to pay the required fee. When both of these steps have been completed, the Customer will receive a Welcome Email from Crime Traveller’s Editor, Fiona Guy, with instructions on how they can provide a digital copy of the book via email or Dropbox if the digital files are large, and an estimated completion date for their Review or Feature. The Review process will not commence until full payment of the chosen book services fee and a digital copy of the book has been received. Audiobooks and hardcopy books cannot be accepted.

On the rare occasion a submitted book is deemed unsuitable for the Crime Traveller website and audience, the Customer will be informed without any fees being requested.

2. Price and Payment.

The fees charged for a Book Review or Book Feature purchased under this Agreement is Crime Traveller’s then-current charge for these services stated on the Get Your True Crime Book Reviewed webpage.  The Review and Feature fees can be paid in either Great British Pounds or US Dollars depending on the Customer’s preference. Which currency the Customer would like to pay the fee can be selected in the Book Details form. The Review or Feature process will not commence until full payment of the fee has been received by Crime Traveller. The Customer will receive a payment receipt directly from PayPal and also an invoice marked ‘Paid’ via email from Crime Traveller for the Customer’s own records.

3. Cancellation

Crime Traveller may refuse a submitted Book Review or Book Feature order for any or no reason at any time in the process, regardless of receipt of payment. If Crime Traveller elects not to provide the Review or Feature, the Customer will be notified of such decision and Crime Traveller shall provide a refund for any payments made by the Customer in connection with their Review or Feature order. Upon the completion of the foregoing, Crime Traveller shall be fully released from all obligations to the Customer to provide the Review/Feature or otherwise.

4. Customer Acknowledgements.

The Customer hereby acknowledges and accepts that:

a) Review/Feature Format and Content. A Book Review will be around 1000 words in length plus a Review Summary and inclusion of direct quotes from the Book. Images to complement the Review and the Book content will also be included. A Book Feature will be around 500 words in length and will focus on the topic of the Book. The Book author will be asked via email if they would like to provide quote or comment about their Book and their writing which can be included with their Feature. Crime Traveller does use affiliate links within articles and book reviews and has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. Affiliate links such as these may be included with the Review and Feature. Payment of the fee for a Review or Feature does not mean the contents will be positive. Crime Traveller will use its best efforts to provide a Review or Feature that is impartial and unbiased but not necessarily favorable.

b) Review Subjectivity. The Review is subjective and shall be based solely upon Crime Traveller’s review of the content of the Book and reading experience. Crime Traveller may pass on an opinion in the Review based upon subjective interpretation of certain aspects of the Book including, but not limited to, the construct of the Book; the author’s purpose in writing the book, and presentation of factual content in the Book. The Customer’s intent and the Crime Traveller’s experience in reading the Book, in this regard, may not be aligned.

c) Review Publication. Upon completion of the Review or Feature, the Review or Feature will be published on the CrimeTraveller.org website if the Customer selected to publish immediately during their order, or it will be emailed to the Customer for preview as per their instructions. For published Reviews and Features. the Customer will receive an email including the direct URL link to the published Review/Feature and is free to distribute this link across their own social media channels or website(s).

d) Right To Publish and Promote. Crime Traveller reserves the right to publish and distribute all reviews published on CrimeTraveller.org without limitation. Crime Traveller will provide continued promotion of the Book via the published Review or Feature across Crime Traveller social media channels and on the Crime Traveller website.

5. Reproduction of Review

a) Ownership of Review; Limited License. Crime Traveller retains exclusive ownership of the Review or Feature and owns all intellectual property rights, title, and interest in any ideas or concepts related to the Review or Feature. When published, Crime Traveller grants the Customer a perpetual, non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable, royalty-free right to reproduce the Review or Feature in its entirety or excerpt a portion of it for marketing or promotional purposes only. Crime Traveller reserves the right to revoke such license for any reason. Other than as set forth hereunder the Customer shall not make any use of any trademark, service marks or trade names of Crime Traveller.

b) Excerpt Policy. Any excerpts of the Review or Feature must be attributed to “Crime Traveller” and industry standard best practices for proper excerpting must be followed. These practices include, but are not limited to, the following guidelines: 1) if words are omitted from a quote, ellipses must be inserted in their place, 2) no words may be added to the review, and 3) the integrity of the review may not be altered.

6. Representations and Warranties; Indemnification.

You represent and warrant that (i) you are authorized to submit the Book for a Review or Feature, (ii) you have the full power, authority and capacity to enter into this Agreement and to perform your obligations under this Agreement, and (iii) no portion of the Book infringes, violates or misappropriates any intellectual property rights of any other person. The Customer irrevocably releases Crime Traveller, and shall indemnify, defend and hold them harmless from and against any and all liabilities, damages, losses, claims, costs and fees (including attorneys’ fees) related to or arising in connection with the Review and any breach, alleged breach or non-performance of any covenant set forth in this Agreement.

7. Disclaimer of Warranties; Limitation of Liability.

The Customer has no legal recourse, and may not threaten or commence litigation if they do not agree with the Review or Feature or finds it objectionable. Crime Traveller specifically disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, warranties against non-infringement, results to be obtained from the Review or Feature and implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose of the Review or Feature.

8. Disputes.

The Customer acknowledges and agrees that no second Reviews or Features or refunds of the book services fee will be granted, regardless of the content or nature of the Review or Feature. All legal fees incurred by Crime Traveller in response to Customer claims or in obtaining injunctive relief hereunder shall be the responsibility of the Customer. Revisions of the Review or Feature will be considered only if it contains factual errors and shall only be granted in Crime Traveller’s sole and absolute discretion. Crime Traveller reserves the right to sever communications with the Customer after a final determination is made by the Editor of Crime Traveller with respect to any dispute related to the Review or Feature. If the Customer continues to make or attempts to make contact with Crime Traveller after such final determination, Crime Traveller may pursue all available remedies including, but not limited to, injunctive relief or other legal action.

9. Interpretation of Policy.

All matters and questions not specifically covered in this Agreement are subject to the final decision of Crime Traveller.

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