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Seriously - if you're going to enter a contest to try to get your novel published, SPELL CHECK THE MANUSCRIPT. It's a basic courtesy.
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Lifted from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll;

Andrew Wheeler on What Makes a Good Review?


Most books deserve mixed reviews; as the saying goes, a novel is a long piece of prose with something wrong with it. An honest reviewer honors that, dredging out the clumsy bits in the books she loves and talking about the elegant moments in the books she loathed ...

That makes me feel good about the YA review I just sent in about 10 minutes ago. I really liked the book, but didn't give it a star because it had some throwaway relationships that should have been better developed, or at least had an acknowledgment of why they were so shallow. I mentioned that flaw in the review, just as I try to say something positive if I can about a book I didn't like.

This is a very good article about reviews and reviewing, and not just for those doing the writing, but for those reading reviews as well. It hits many points [livejournal.com profile] rosefox has always emphasized, including encouraging her bullpen to think about the appropriate market for whatever we're reading, and if we're not part of that market, to try to see the book through those eyes anyway. She trains us up right, and I think it shows in how many of us start working for her and end up reviewing for other editors, too.
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Lifted from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll;

Andrew Wheeler on What Makes a Good Review?


Most books deserve mixed reviews; as the saying goes, a novel is a long piece of prose with something wrong with it. An honest reviewer honors that, dredging out the clumsy bits in the books she loves and talking about the elegant moments in the books she loathed ...

That makes me feel good about the YA review I just sent in about 10 minutes ago. I really liked the book, but didn't give it a star because it had some throwaway relationships that should have been better developed, or at least had an acknowledgment of why they were so shallow. I mentioned that flaw in the review, just as I try to say something positive if I can about a book I didn't like.

This is a very good article about reviews and reviewing, and not just for those doing the writing, but for those reading reviews as well. It hits many points [livejournal.com profile] rosefox has always emphasized, including encouraging her bullpen to think about the appropriate market for whatever we're reading, and if we're not part of that market, to try to see the book through those eyes anyway. She trains us up right, and I think it shows in how many of us start working for her and end up reviewing for other editors, too.
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Diane, the YA editor, says invoices should be in by Wednesday to close the books on 2009, so I'm assuming the same goes for Rose.
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Diane, the YA editor, says invoices should be in by Wednesday to close the books on 2009, so I'm assuming the same goes for Rose.
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For those who wondered what happened to the Genreville book blog, it's back!
Like to read SF, fantasy, horror, paranormal fiction? Hie thee to http://www.genreville.com and find out what's in the pipeline and what's worth reading.
Here's the blurb:
"We guarantee that every single post will have a connection to at least one genre book or story, author, editor, agent, or publisher. The borders are nebulous and we like them that way, so there will most certainly be discussions of paranormal romance, "mainstream" fiction with genre elements, and media tie-ins, as well as coverage of industry events, links to other genre blogs, and occasional salacious gossip; but we are here first and last for the books, and we promise to deliver the literary goods."

There's also an LJ feed at [livejournal.com profile] genreville, though it's a click-through and not a full-text feed.
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For those who wondered what happened to the Genreville book blog, it's back!
Like to read SF, fantasy, horror, paranormal fiction? Hie thee to http://www.genreville.com and find out what's in the pipeline and what's worth reading.
Here's the blurb:
"We guarantee that every single post will have a connection to at least one genre book or story, author, editor, agent, or publisher. The borders are nebulous and we like them that way, so there will most certainly be discussions of paranormal romance, "mainstream" fiction with genre elements, and media tie-ins, as well as coverage of industry events, links to other genre blogs, and occasional salacious gossip; but we are here first and last for the books, and we promise to deliver the literary goods."

There's also an LJ feed at [livejournal.com profile] genreville, though it's a click-through and not a full-text feed.

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