So what's finally inspired me to break into the blogosphere? ( I googled the term) Well, for one thing, I just published my first fantasy novel.
Anyone who has self-published a book can tell you what an ordeal it truly is. Hours of research to tell you exactly what type of animals live in the desert, what the difference is between a bastard sword and a falchion (besides the cool names), or even how to properly blanket your horse at night so it doesn't get sick. You spend so much time reading up on trivial details only to throw half of the information away the first time it conflicts with your storytelling.
Anyway, suffice it to say I have huge admiration for anyone who undertakes such a daunting task. Unfortunately, there are many indies out there who just aren't getting the attention they deserve. Many review sites out there claim to be heavily backlogged, but will expedite your review for the low, low price of ... shenanigans, I say!
What's worse, many promotional sites refuse to touch your work until you have received a certain number of reviews. But no one is reviewing because no one is buying. And they're not buying because no one is promoting. And no one is promoting because you don't have the reviews. Enough!
So here it is... I'm up in your indie, reviewin' your book. Feel free to contact me if you're an indie with no reviews and would like a little attention.
Which leads me to my qualifications as a reviewer.
I don't have any.
That is to say, I don't have a degree in English or Creative Writing. My degree is in Anthropology. (but I almost majored in Literature!) Whatever, I'm a reader and a writer. I won't be knocking anyone's efforts, though I will give a straight honest opinion of your work. If I don't like your work, or the copy is just too typo-ridden to enjoy, I won't review it. Easy, right?
I'm partial to fantasy, of course, but anything that tickles my fancy is up for grabs.
So who's first? Let's see...