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Can I switch between RSS and email delivery once my Barking Rain Press preview chapter subscription starts?
Yes! Barking Rain Press allows you to switch between email and RSS delivery at any time just by clicking the appropriate link in any preview chapter installment email.
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All of the titles published by Barking Rain Press are assigned ratings based on the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) guidelines. We strive to publish a wide variety of titles that are G, PG and PG-13, but we also offer titles that are rated R. Here is a summary of what each of these ratings means:
- G: General Audiences—A G-rated title contains nothing in theme, language, nudity, sex, violence or other matters that, in the view of the Rating Board, would offend parents whose younger children read or listen to the title. The G rating is not a “certificate of approval,” nor does it signify a “children’s” story. Some snippets of language may go beyond polite conversation but they are common everyday expressions. No stronger words are present in G-rated work of fiction from Barking Rain Press. Depictions of violence are minimal. No nudity, sex scenes or drug use are present.
- PG: Parental Guidance Suggested—A PG-rated title should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children read or listen to the title. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision. The more mature themes (such as death) in some PG-rated works may call for parental guidance. There may be some mild profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity of a non-sexual nature. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture.
- PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned—A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under the age of 13 should read or listen to a particular work, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 title may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture:
- Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating.
- More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated work will not be sexually oriented.
- There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 work, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence.
- The single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived swear words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.
- R: Restricted—An R-rated work, in the view of the Rating Board, contains adult material. An R-rated story may include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements, so that parents are counseled to take this rating very seriously. Children under 17 are not allowed to attend R-rated motion pictures unaccompanied by a parent or adult guardian, so we do not recommend that children under 17 be allowed to read these titles. Parents are strongly urged to find out more about R-rated works to determine their suitability for their children. Generally, such titles are not appropriate for young children at all.
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At this time, Barking Rain Press does not have a public Forum Board for posting comments. However, we do encourage visitors to post a review for the Barking Rain Press books or eBooks they have read at the following websites:
- Barnes & Noble
- Good Reads
- Library Thing
Each free preview chapter you receive is linked to a specific email, so you will need to change the email address for each title you are previewing.
To change your email address, click on the appropriate link within any of the preview chapter installments and change your email address there.
If you no longer have a previous chapter installment, please contact us using our Contact Form.
Please visit our Manuscript Submissions Information page for complete details about submitting your manuscript for publication consideration with Barking Rain Press.
Currently, our system sends out a single new chapter each day, approximately 24-hours from the time you validated your subscription. If you want to read the next chapter immediately, simply click the “next” button in your installment email, and it will immediately send out the next chapter in the queue.
This link works even with the first chapter we send to you. There is no need to wait unless you want to. If you do choose to read more than one chapter at a time, our system will remember where you left off and will automatically send out the next issue to you the following day.
What do I do if I sign up for a free preview of a Barking Rain Press title and don’t get a validation email?
The most common reason for not getting a validation email is that it was marked as spam by your spam filter. Be sure to check your spam and junk folders to make sure that it didn’t get caught there. Look for an e-mail from subscribe [at] barkingrain [dot] com.
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If all else fails, please contact us using our Contact Form.
RSS is a format for publishing frequently updated content such as blogs, news, or other web content. With RSS, your computer periodically checks for new content and displays it as it becomes available, eliminating the need for you to visit a website to check for new content.
Click the link to find out more about RSS feeds (also known as web feeds).
There are a few reasons why you might want to subscribe via RSS. Unlike e-mail, RSS is not blocked by spam filters so you might try RSS if you are having difficulty receiving emails from Barking Rain Press. Keep in mind, however, that RSS may be blocked by web filters at your place of employment, or even by some anti-virus programs.
If you are already using RSS to read blogs and news, it is an easy way to ensure that you get all of your preview chapters and newsletter issues from Barking Rain Press. Our RSS subscriptions follow the exact same delivery schedule as our email subscriptions and give you the same ability to request immediate delivery of the next preview chapter, just as our emails do.
If you haven’t tried RSS yes, most newer versions of Outlook have a built-in RSS aggregator. Simply open Outlook and click the RSS feed option. Microsoft will ask you if you want to use Outlook as your default aggregator. If you agree, the messages will simply show up in your e-mail box (in the RSS subdirectory) and will never be sent to the spam or junk folders.
There are also lots of free RSS aggregators around that avoid the whole e-mail issue altogether (try Google, for example).