Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Half Priced Words

Date: 29 Nov 2005

Somehow, I DID get on a couple of publisher's radars, and let one of them know I would do reviews. Now I get emails for financial scheme books, self-help, and an odd romance.


The new Michael Koryta? Even when I invoke Bob Randisi's name so we have a book review for the next PWA Newsletter?

Nothin' but the sound of crickets. (Mind you, I did give them a tight deadline. Usually, that method works.)

The paying gigs, which, against my better judgment, I'm pursuing now, scare me. Jim Fusilli once told me he had a garage full of books he either never read or only got past the first few chapters, almost all of them unsolicited. To me, an unsolicited ARC is a license to open an eBay business dealing in galley proofs. When you ask for the ARC or someone queries ahead of time, that's another matter entirely.

Jim Winter

-----Original Message----- From: Jack Quick <>

I am one of those internet reviewers and agree totally with you Terrill. Personally, I won't accept a book unless I think it would be one I would enjoy, i.e., no cozies, vampires, etc. And what I try to do with any ARC's I do get is to pass them along to others I know either through the net or face to face. The upside of this is I have been exposed to a number of excellent authors that I wouldn't otherwise have met, and hopefully have encouraged others to spread their horizons as well.

Keep up the good work. Writing reviews ain't easy, but it is sure easier than writing the original work.

Alabama Jack

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