I'm sure plenty of you out there have been wondering about how far along I am with the books that you've been so kind in sending through - either as eBooks (PDFs) or as bound books; this post should clear up everything. :-)
Since the start of the old blog and the creation of this new blog, many independent Publishers and authors have send through books for me to review, and right now, I'll have to necessarily put a freeze on accepting books to review. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love reading and that I'll never have enough books, but I'm doing some authors out there a disservice by accepting more and more and adding to my reading-load, so as of this post, (unless we've already corresponded and I have agreed to accept more books / PDFs from you), please don't contact me until I announce that I'm open for accepting more books / PDFs to review.
This isn't about me deciding I've had enough - believe me, it really isn't! - but many of you are waiting for reviews from me, and I'm reading as fast as I can; adding more is not just putting more pressure on me as a reviewer but is also creating an apprehension on the part of the authors and publishers who have been awesome enough in sending through material for me to read and review.
I'm also limiting this to independents, and you might think it unfair, but look at it this way - authors with big, established houses such as DAW, Bantam Spectra, Harper Voyager, Gollancz, Del Rey, Tor, Orbit, etc have already got a huge network of reviewers, and although it pains me to say so, if I don't review a SFF title from one of them, someone will. Independents, however, are more limited, and need more help from us Reviewers - they don't have the marketing, promotional or monetary support that the big publishers enjoy, and many authors put their own hard-earned money into getting their books printed, shipping them out to reviews, etc.
So that's my position on this - I'll read and review what I've got at the moment, and then open for for submissions. :-)
Here's the rundown of what I've got - reviews guaranteed:
Stephen Zimmer: The Exodus Gate & Crown of Vengeance
A.J. Scudiere: Resonance
Adin Kachisi: Rise of the Anakim
Corey K Cotta: All of Yesterday's Tomorrows
Spencer Baum: The Demon Queen and the Locksmith
Edward Morris: There Was a Crooked Man
Leona Wisoker: Secrets of the Sands
Brian Libby: Storm Approaching
Michael J Sullivan: Nyphron Rising
Brian Rathbone: The Dawning of Power
David W Barbee: Carnageland
Curly Raphino: Fire in the Ocean, a New Testament
Leigh Bridger - Soul Catcher
Katherine Gilraine: The Index: Book 1 - Mages
Fran Jacobs: The Shadow Seer
Visions - Volume 1: Strider Nolan Media
Visions - Volume 2: Strider Nolan Media
Robert Preston: The Siege
As you can see, that's quite a list! And I'm pretty sure, too, that you understand why I've chosen to close submissions for reviews. I've got a lot of reading to get through!
At the moment, I'm reading Storm Approaching by Brian Libby, The Siege by Robert Preston, The Exodus Gate by Stephen Zimmer and All of Yesterday's Tomorrows by Corey K Cotta. As soon as I'm done with those, I'll be launching into Nyphron Rising by Michael J Sullivan (received this in October already!), and then I'll be announcing the next batch of books to be read. I guarantee reviews of all the titles listed, and I'll send the authors and publishers links to the reviews as soon as they are up.
So please be patient - I'm hoping for two reviews before the end of 2009! :-)
And please also understand that I will also be reviewing books sent to me by the bigger publishers - I must also repay their awesomeness, just as I must repay yours. :-)
P.S. If I've forgotten you ( and I may have ), please send me an email to remind me and I'll amend this post and add you to the reading list. :-)
P.P.S. My fellow reviewer David is (as far as I know) not laboring under any reading restrictions, so feel free to contact him. :-)