Thursday, August 31, 2006

For the holiday . . .

. . . I am taking a break, sort of.

I plan to be hanging out with family and friends. And what will I be doing while sitting by the pool? (or stuck inside from Ernesto's deluge?) Reading PODs, baby. Well, and some commercially published stuff too. A girl can't live on PODs alone.

Believe me.

And speaking of a deluge, thanks for the extra 105 PODs I've gotten since Monday's post.

One fun little piece to check out is over at BookFinder which lists the top out-of-print titles folks have been searching for on their site. Looks like Sinclair Lewis and GoreVidal need a little POD lovin'!

Have a great holiday and I'll see you back here in September!

Monday, August 28, 2006

The official submission post.

**As of February 1, 2007, I am not accepting submissions until further notice **

No, not that kind of submission, you perv.

I've been getting oodles of questions about what I will consider, how I respond, where to send and all that. So here you go. If you send your book to me and it doesn't meet these guidelines, well . . . you can guess what will happen to it.

What will I consider?

Well, I try to be open to almost anything. But I'm not. So . . . no science fiction, no poetry, no porn (or erotica), no fantasy, no cookbooks. Do I like those genres? Sure, but I am not a good judge of them, so they are excluded. Most nonfiction will be considered, but I prefer memoir and narrative nonfiction.

How do I submit my book?

Send a digital copy to this email address: Do not ask for a physical address. You will not get one. If you only have a hard copy, well . . . I guess you didn't go POD, now, did you. And don't forget to include some sort of informal (or formal) description in the body of your email. Don't say, "Read this. You'll love it." Because I won't. And I won't.

When will I hear back from you?

You will not --unless I am reviewing/selecting your book. Typically, I review one in about 180 books. If you don't hear from me in the 2 -3 month range, I probably passed. No need to send a follow-up email; those get deleted quickly. If I responded to every book that was submitted, I'd need two full-time secretaries to keep up.

Will you give me feedback on my book even if you don't review it?

Hold on, let me catch my breath from this tear-inducing laughter.

Okay, let's give this a try. I'm hoping this will streamline things. I am about 500 emails behind and get about 350 a day, so . . . it can only help.