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FAQ–The Hearts Rating System and the Swoon Index

Hi Swoon Readers!

We’re back with the latest entry in our FAQ blog post series, where we spotlight questions we’ve received and try to clear up any confusion on our site.  Today, we thought we’d take a closer look at the ratings system.

First, read the novel! Did you enjoy it? Not so much? Then the most important thing to do is to let us know your opinion by rating it with the heart rating system that can be found right under the title and author on the manuscript page:

FAQ Heart Rating

It is essential that you share your opinion of the novel (and feel free to comment as well)! THIS is the rating that the Swoon Reads staff looks at when we decide which manuscripts we are going to read. The submissions with the largest number of high heart ratings will be considered for publication by Swoon Reads Staff.

The act of rating a manuscript is a vote of confidence. But not everything can be five stars! Please use the evaluation scale below as your guide:

♥-Not for me
♥♥- It’s okay
♥♥♥- I like it
♥♥♥♥- I love it
♥♥♥♥♥- Swoonworthy!

And don’t be afraid to rate, if you realize later that you’ve over or under rated something, you can always go back and change your rating!

After rating the manuscript, scroll down a little to the Swoon Index and let us (and your fellow Swoon Readers!) know about any specific traits of the novel. Were the love scenes hot and intense? Then click on heat. Did the story make you cry? Then click the tears button.  The number on each panel is the total number of readers who’ve chosen that trait.

FAQ Swoon index

The Swoon Index will help other Readers see if a manuscript is right for them. For example, if I’m in the mood for something funny, I know that something with a Laughs index of 20 is probably a better choice than something with a high Tears index. Useful, right? And, for Writers, it’s a great way to see if your work is coming across the way you intended.

Thanks again for reading and rating! Keep up the good work!

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