Starving Review Update: Submission Rules and Such!

A quickie update as I prepare for upcoming events, I have revised the submission rules for a Starving Review.

In essence, review submissions are open … kind of. I will be taking a VERY LIMITED amount of submissions, books that make in impact on me from authors that can impress their true passion and wit on me. So do your best and if I don’t get back to you, do not feel ignored or insulted.

Monday Musings: Stop, Read, Listen, Understand! a.k.a. Rules Are There To Be Read!

Someone listened!  They really did!

A few months back, I posted up a podcast talking about the ways one could worm their way into my review submission pantry, despite the locked doors.  Since then, I’ve gotten a number of submissions from a variety of folks, but one thing was clear …

None of them had read my submission page or listened to the podcast.


Monday Musings: You Can Get Your Book Reviewed Faster! a.k.a. Here’s How!

It’s pretty obvious what this is going to be about.  But we’re going to do it with vocals today!  This is a serious issue so hearing it straight from the messenger’s mouth.  Here we go!

Monday Musings: A Century of Reading! a.k.a. An Overloaded TBR List

Today’s Monday Musings are brief, but brief for a good reason.

You see, I finally put the list of literary dishes in my pantry into a numbered list.  Yeah, I know, I should have done that in the beginning, but … well, there is a truth I have discovered from doing this.  I have over ONE HUNDRED books in my review queue.

So I’m going to try to speed up my schedule, try to do at least two books a week, if not more.  Of course, there’s no guarantee of this, with my own writing, editing, and second job, but I will endeavor to consume as much literature as possible.

What this also means is that I really have no idea when I’ll be opening submissions again.  Maybe quarterly for a few days?  We’ll see, but I wouldn’t expect to see an opening for at least a couple of months.  Stay tuned, friends!

Starving Review News: Review Submissions Closed For 2015!

After another mad rush of chefs into my pantry, it’s time to close the doors for 2015!  Thank you, everyone, for your interest and your books.  They will keep me well-fed for months to come!

Check back regularly for news on the next submission period, as well as your usual bill of faire containing all the writing articles and book news you have come to expect!  Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Starving Review Update: Review Requests Open Tomorrow!

You saw rightly, my foodies!  If you fancy yourself a literary chef and want to add something to my pantry, you will have your chance tomorrow, the 1st of October, until midnight of the 3rd.  You will want to hurry, as this is your last chance to get a book in the review line for the rest of 2015 and possibly beyond, as the pantry bulges to dangerous sizes.

Until tomorrow, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Starving Review: Review Submissions Closed Until October!

The pantry doors are shut once more!  I would like to thank all those authors brave enough to step into the kitchen these past few days.  I look forward to sampling your books!

I will only be taking submissions one more time in 2015 (the backlog has again become something terrible to behold!) and that is between OCTOBER 1st and OCTOBER 3rd, 2015.  I hope to catch up on the backlog of books, as well as enjoy some quiet during the holiday season.

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Monday Musings: Sometimes You Have to Paint in the Lines

I’m an author, which means that I am also an artist.  Artists are often considered to be iconoclasts, people who don’t follow the rules and don’t draw inside the lines.  Rules are made to be broken, right?  I could go on and keep spouting all sorts of tired sayings about the subject, but I won’t.

What I will say is that this stereotype isn’t always the truth.  An author, any artist really, must often step outside of the boundaries, yes, in an effort to strike creative gold.  Even more so, an indie author has to go above and beyond the norm, unsupported by the usual publishing establishment.  However, there are times and places where even the most indie of the indie has to step back and follow some guidelines and rules.

You see, there is an establishment of sorts out there to help indie authors.  There are people and resources that can help you, no matter how ‘indie’ you may consider yourself, and those things might have rules to their use.  Also, there are rules to writing, rules to grammar, that you might be able to skirt around, to ignore from time to time but can’t ignore every time.

What this means is that sometimes you had better follow the rules or else you won’t get anywhere.  Especially if people are trying to help you, provide you with services, you behoove yourself to make their lives easier by following their rules and guidelines.

What this means means is that if you are going to send in a review request, PLEASE FOLLOW THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES!

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!