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Special Circumstances

P&E accepts entry and membership into some private boards and resources to further its ability in keeping pace with current industry problems. However, P&E will not recommend any site that claims it is legitimate because P&E is a member. Such claims would imply that P&E has been bought off.

Normally, P&E responds to almost all complaints. As of 6 May 2006, P&E will not respond individually to author blitzes, particularly those organized by a business that's dissatisfied with a recommendation by P&E concerning them.

2/20/07 - Identity disclosures. P&E does not divulge the names of anonymous posters in other sites such as Miss Snark or A Gent's Outlook even when it knows their identity. Please don't ask P&E for such information.

4/11/07 - P&E has been asked if our recommendations may be quoted on sites P&E recommends. We think that's a good idea. To further that, we're offering a GIF button that may be posted by those businesses that P&E recommends. So, if you're recommended and wish a copy, please contact P&E by email. We'll reply with a customized copy you may freely use.

12/8/07 - While P&E does take positive emails into consideration when reviewing ratings, it does not give a preponderance of those (an author blitz) the ability to overcome a negative rating brought about by documentation.

5/20/08 - Other sites are welcome to copy and use P&E's criteria for their own rating purposes.

3/10/10 - Threats of physical violence are grounds for being not recommended for all areas.

3/20/10: One bookstore is now charging self-published writers for shelf space. P&E is currently analyzing this development before it condemns, accepts, or recommends such action. At present, P&E is concerned about bookstores charging for the space and also receiving a cut from the sale. We would like to hear from authors on this.

1/29/13 - Anyone who engages in trashing an author's work(s) in a critique or review for the purpose of then approaching them with a referral to an editing service or publisher that can supposedly do better.



Agents


As of February 2001, agent/agency ratings of "Not recommended" are based on one or more of the following criteria: Agents and agencies will not be given "recommended" ratings based on one or more of the following criteria:

Sales will be rated as of January 2004 based upon the following criteria:

P&E will not recommend against an agency or publisher for offering paid critiques so long as those are not conditioned as part of the reading for submissions. P&E considers it entirely proper and not a conflict of interest to mention in a response after a reading that the agent or publisher offers a critique for a fee. P&E recognizes that agents are not required to state in critique form why they are rejecting a manuscript. Any author wishing such information is technically asking for more time from an agent or publisher because it requires additional time to prepare a critique in writing. Agents and publishers have a right to be compensated for giving time beyond any reading. (added 8/5/04)

P&E does not have a double-secret not recommended category though there are a few businesses that would easily qualify if P&E had such a category. In other words, we post all recommendations issued by P&E regardless of whether the recommendations are negative or positive. Visitors to P&E should not interpret our words to mean anything other than what P&E states. (added 6/20/12)



Art and Artists

As of March 2011, P&E will rate galleries as Not Recommended for the following reasons:

Book Publishers and Distributors

As of February 2001, Book publishing and Periodicals' ratings of "Not Recommended" are based upon one or more of the following criteria:



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Contests

As of May 2005, Contest ratings of "Not Recommended" are based upon one or more of the following criteria:



Editing, Indexing, & Software

As of August 2003, Editing, Indexing, & Software ratings of "Not Recommended" are based upon one or more of the following criteria:

As of April 2007, "recommended" ratings from P&E will not be given to editing services that:



Magazines

Same criteria used for Book Publishers and Distributors.



Organizations

As of August 2003, Organization ratings of "Not Recommended" are based upon one or more of the following criteria:



Promotional

As of May 2003, reviewer ratings of "Not recommended" are based on one or more of the following criteria:

As of April 2003, promotional ratings of "Not recommended" are based on one or more of the following criteria:

P&E will not base an unfavorable recommendation upon any publishing business or service for including a blurb or ad about their goods or services within their correspondence. Nor will P&E react against an editor or agent promoting his own book in correspondence with writers. (added 6/9/04)

Resources

As of August 2003, Resource ratings of "Not Recommended" are based upon one or more of the following criteria:



Workshops

As of January 2005, Workshop ratings of "Not Recommended" are based upon one or more of the following criteria:



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