FTC Regulations, et al

Just to reiterate what’s in the little box in the sidebar . . .

There are a handful of publishers and authors who send me books for free. Generally,┬áif I’m reading something from a small press, it was sent to me for free. Also, I’ll be notating if I received a book free in the future.

The rest of the books I review I, well, probably get from a library, buy used, or (very rarely) get for full price. I don’t have enough disposable income to buy three or five books a week new. I try to make up for the fact that authors don’t usually make royalties off of me by posting reviews.

Oh, and no one ever pays me for review content. Ever. That’s immoral. I will, occasionally, choose not to review a book that I’ve been sent due to, well, not being able to say anything at all nice about it, but I can only think of a couple instances of that in the two and some years I’ve been doing this.

In three weeks, I’ll be on Xmas break, so look for a pile of reviews then.

Someone’s Read it Already on Hiatus

I’m sure most of you have noticed, but Someone’s Read it Already is on hiatus. I’m starting law school in, oh, two weeks, and we’ve just moved to a new city. I’ll post reviews as I read books, especially in the next few days, but I can’t do the regular posts until I’m on breaks.

Sorry! Please enjoy the, oh, three hundred reviews already posted here.

Small Press Week II at Someone’s Read it Already

A couple months ago, cure we had the first installment of Small Press Week. I’ve managed to collect another five publishers, pilule so we’re having our second installment of Small Press Week (Small Press Week — the Sequel!) already. I’m very happy to be doing this; there is a wealth of small publishers out there, stomach for every kind of book you can imagine.

As I said last time, there are many reasons to publish with a small press; there are also many reasons to start a small publishing company. In some cases, the publishers decided that they could do better in some way, shape, or fashion. In other cases, the publishers saw a hole in the market and wanted to fill it. In all cases, though, the publishers (at least the ones I’ve selected) are dedicated to providing the best product possible for their readers.

Some of the publishers I’ve selected specialize in classics; some specialize in women’s fiction; some specialize in short-story collections. Some are British (actually, 3 of them are); some are American. (I haven’t tempted an Australian, New Zealander, or Canadian publisher yet, and I can only read in English. Unfortunately.) Some have been around for quite a few years; one is barely two. Some we’ve seen before in Small Press Week — the Original; most of them are brand-new to me as well as to Small Press Week.

As always, if you are a small publisher and you’d like to be included in Small Press Week III, please send me an email (see the ‘Contact’ button above).

Call for Publishers and Self-Publishers

Recently, otolaryngologist we at Someone’s Read it Already had a Small Press Week. Some of you may remember it, although it was a whole month and a half ago. In any case, we’ve got books lined up for a second Small Press Week — except we don’t actually have a week’s worth. We’ve got three, and we need five for it to be a whole week. If any small/independent publishers would like to have us review their books and discuss their press a little bit, I’ve got two slots open.

Secondarily, we’ve got perhaps three solid examples of self-publishing (people who have opted out of the traditional publishing structure, for whatever reason) and we need two more in order to have a full week. If you happen to be an author who has self-published any work (whether you’ve also published stuff through a traditional press is irrelevant to us) and you think that we’d like to read it, feel free to tell us about it.

Publishers, authors, publicists, and interested members of the public can contact us either by leaving a comment, or by clicking the “Contact” button up to your right. (If you’re reading this via RSS, you’ll have to go to the actual page.) There’s more information up there.

We of course accept e-copies of books for review; unfortunately, our book-buying budget is limited at the moment (got a wedding coming up!) so dropping $20 on a book by an author we’ve never heard of that no one else has ever reviewed isn’t exactly going to happen (not with Tamora Pierce publishing a new book that is STILL not in our possession, it isn’t). However, we will consider any and all suggestions, even if they don’t come with a free book attached.

(Also, um, if you’re a publicist or author waiting for us to review your book and you’re a small press or self-pubbed, well, that’s what’s going on — they’re being saved for a big feature week. No, really. And if you’re none of the above but Stephanie is still holding one of your books hostage, then she would like to mention that she’s very much enjoying it, but at five books a week, she is having trouble budgeting time to finish an awesome epic very long novel, and she’d like to apologize.)

It should of course be mentioned that primarily over here we review SF and fantasy, both YA and adult. Stephanie doesn’t particularly love super-hard or military SF, but she has guest/occasional reviewers who do; some of them don’t like romance novels disguised as SF/fantasy, but Stephanie does.

Again, we hope you’d like to send us something!

Untimely power outage

We here at Someone’s Read it Already have experienced a power outage; those who watched the Sunday Evening Browns vs. Steelers game will be unsurprised by this. (As are all Ohio residents.)

We do promise that we’ll post today’s review this evening (after Stephanie gets off work) and tomorrow’s review at its regularly scheduled time.

Farworld: Water Keep, by J. Scott Savage

Day Four of Small Press Week, pharmacy and all is well! Today’s publisher is a little bit different; it’s the non-religious (i.e., recipe mainstream fiction) imprint of what I seem to understand is a large LDS (Mormon) publisher (Deseret Books). They do seem to publish a fair amount of children’s fantasy, this and they’ve signed J. Scott Savage to a five-book contract, so I approve. The fact that they’re not based in New York and that the imprint itself isn’t very big qualifies it as a small press for the purposes of this week, at least. Mr. Savage lives in Utah; he has a spastic Border Collie, four children, and an unknown number of fish, although I did ask him to count them for me. This novel will be published on Sept. 12, 2008, which happens to be my birthday. Check back in a few days for an interview with Mr. Savage, and a contest!

Marcus Kanenas is an orphan who also happens to be disabled (he was injured as a baby and now one arm and leg don’t work). While in a new school, someone comes by, claiming to know his parents. Unfortunately this guy is trying to kidnap him, and before that happens, Kyja (a girl he has dreamed about, in a very innocent way) pulls him over into Farworld. Except Marcus thought he invented Farworld. Turns out that Marcus is originally FROM Farworld; he and Kyja had their worlds switched at birth. Marcus is a Fated Individual in Farworld; there seems to be a Dark Circle that is trying to take over the world with dark magic (ordering the elements around rather than asking them) and it’s very likely that Marcus — with the help of his opposite, Kyja — will be able to save it. Continue reading Farworld: Water Keep, by J. Scott Savage

Comment policy

Some of you may be wondering what my commenting and comment approval policy is.

Well, cure you need one comment approved. That’s all. Every other comment after that will show up on the website immediately.

Sometimes it takes me a day or two to moderate comments, but I’ve been checking more frequently recently. So if your last comment got stuck in moderation, it should appear now. Feel free to comment more!

I do, of course, reserve the right to delete any comment that I don’t like. I don’t like comments that attack either me personally or the author of the book I’ve reviewed personally. I don’t like comments with racial/ethnic/gender/etc. slurs in them. I don’t like comments that are needlessly profane. I also don’t like spam, but I have Akismet for that.

I do like critical comments, as long as they’re critical of the book, or my review, and on topic. I’ll even take critiques of the website.

If I have deleted your comment and you think that I shouldn’t have, feel free to email me personally. Contact information is under the “Contact” tag at the top.

Thank you. Back to your regularly scheduled book reviews . . . well, tomorrow at 7:30 A.M., at least.