First: A very nice review of Sword and Chant from Marissa Lingen. After our conversation about this post on the visibility of women writers and reviews of self-published works, I queried her about reviewing Chant. I’m beyond delighted she had nice things to say about it. Really, there’s always that voice in the back of my head telling me I should be grateful if I get feedback more enthusiastic than, “Well, it doesn’t completely suck.” And that voice natters at me even when I love a story and am confident others will, too. So the fact her review includes the word “recommended” without the word “not” in front of it had me singing. (Yes, I truly sang. No, you wouldn’t want to hear it.)
The publisher side of me is just as jazzed about her acknowledgement of the good production values. Reviews of traditionally published books wouldn’t make mention of such as thing unless it was truly awful, but it’s so important for reviewers to include at least a passing mention of good production in self-published works. We all know there is crap out there. Reviewers do all professional writers a service by acknowledging decent work.
(And if you haven’t read that post of women and reviews I referenced above, I recommend taking a look if for no other reason than it’ll link you to Marissa’s comments on her own review policies.)
Second: Revisions of Sand of Bone are still progressing despite the distractions of spring fever. There is still one plotting issue I’m not certain how to fix. I’m letting it simmer in the background while working on other sections in the hope a solution will reveal itself. If a solution doesn’t spring from my brow fully formed, I’m not certain what I’ll do.
Third: It’s official! I am curating a fantasy bundle for StoryBundle. I so enjoyed working with them as a writer, and am looking forward to working with them again as both a writer and the curator. It’s tentatively slated for a fall release, and I’ve already begun to screen submissions. If you’re interested in submitting something, cool! Later today I’ll put up an overview of what I’m looking for and how to go about submitting.