If you're a self-published author, you already know you want people to review your opus. But who will review your book and who won't? I'm currently submitting Rule-Set to several reviewer lists. I'll be capturing the replies/results and creating a spreadsheet that tracks who is actually doing reviews of self-published works and who isn't. I'll be posting this spreadsheet for free download as I build up the database. If you wish to contribute to the project, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
To kick off the projects, we can recommend not submitting to SF Signal (www.sfsignal.com). The site positions itself as a online "Fanzine." Also, don't bother with a print version, either. The website states that "Please note that due to immense backlog, we no longer review self-published and vanity press works." A review query letter elicited the following response:
"Thanks for considering SF Signal. Sadly, we are not accepting new books at this time -- we already have way more than we can read.
Review Submission Guidellines
Want me to review your book? You must join the Rule-Set mailing list and contact me at email@example.com. Do NOT use the contact form for a review request; for press and publishers only. Your book can be a proof but ready for sale within 60 days.
Scifi/-fantasy only at this time. Make sure it's been professionally copyedited. If it's not, I'll know in about five pages and will reject the book. I don't mean to be a hump about it, but approximately 40% to 50% of the books I've received have had far too many typos, comma splices, misuse of dependent clauses, etc. (No, it doesn't have to be perfect. Most books have a few typos, including ones coming out of "traditional" publishing.) Your book cannot succeed in the market with such flaws and it's not fair to ask reviewers to read it in such a state.
I'll take a look at YA, but I'm not the best fit to that audience. PDF, Mobi, print all fine. If you have an author website you wish me to link to, please provide the URL. I don't charge and I also don't guarantee a good review!
Please note comments on blog posts are limited to 5K characters. System limitation.
Dead Reckoning: My Review of "Hell is Empty and All the Devils Are Here" by Mark S. Rounds
Snow Job: My Review of Cycle 26 by Joe Dacy II
But by Fire: My Review of The Gertrude Threshold by Christopher Brooks
Taking No Names and Not a Whole Lot of Prisoners: My Review of "Timberwolf" by Tom Julian
Not Your Average Bears: My Review of "Camille and the Bears of Beisa-Drafnel" by Simone Salmon
The Cerulean's Secret
Cruise to Somewhere Strange: Nighthawks at the Mission
Where the Amazing Randi Watches and Waits: My Review of Schism by Brett Dent
Suction Cup Dreams: An Octopus Anthology, David Joseph Clarke (Editor)
Merry Magical Medieval Mercantilism: My Review of Orconomics by J. Zachary Pike
Guns, Germs, and Big Bossy Boots Bureaucrats in the Sky: My Review of "Emergence" by Nick Lloyd
It's Bad and It Will Get Worse: My Review of "Kali - Destroyer of Worlds" by Mike Kuykendall
Starbuck and Sushi: My Review of "Beyond Cloud Nine by Greg Spry"
Tolstoy had Napoleon and 1812. We've Got Tolkien and World of Warcraft: "The Orb of Chaos Vol.1: No Rest for the Wicked"
Bela's Last Name Was Really O' Lugosi: My Review of "The Fall" by Stephen Cost
create esquelle new_book as select [ * |very, very cool ]: My Review of Esquelle and the Tesla Protocol
Up in the Sky! It's a Bird!, It's a Plane, It's Spandex Unbound! My Review of "Indomitable"
"SanClare Black (The Prince of Sorrows)" by Jenna Waterford
The Far Bank of the Rubicon by Erik Wecks
Second Chance by Dylan Hearn
The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
Space Games by Dean Lombardo
Elixir by Ted Galdi