I don’t often reel in shock at my layers of naivete being ripped away but when I do hold on to your butts. As a not so well spread Science Fiction author I did something some of you younger smarty-pants probably would have done first thing. I Googled “Science Fiction Review Blogs” and in the top three results I almost turned off the computer for today.
The first two were just plain snobbery as they only will review products of the big six publishers. Let me make a point here. Science Fiction is about new ideas and creating stimulating thoughts regarding the future. SF signal went so far on the submission policy as to state no Selfies or “Vanity Press”. Now to them, maybe add subtitle publishing house lackey. That’s all well and good. We all have our standards and they speak volumes about us.
I hope you are still clinching because here comes the really awesome nugget.
Third hit was the “Kirkus Reviews”. If you have the opportunity go check out their submissions blather. You too can have your work reviewed for $475. Now you just read me give SF signal hell for using the term Vanity Press. This Kirkus nonsense makes me wonder how much it would cost to have a dedicated applause machine.
Found this little jewel being advertised for just $16. Let’s see, that would save my delicate ego $459 and the expense of sending those jackasses one of my print books. Just check out the button on the upper left. All you really need eh?
Back to the reason for my search.
I was looking for some way to list my blog…the one you are reading…in an unoffensive SF-Fantasy Book reviewing venue. Earth shattering announcement is I’m still looking.
Thanks for enduring my therapy session and feel free to help me out by spreading word of mouth.
I review mainly speculative fiction (unpaid-LOL) , write Science Fiction Novels (not paid much) and work a day job.
If that sounds like someone you can relate to then we’re good.
Thank you! I’ve noticed such snobbery from bloggers/blogging companies. I am an epic fantasy writer (soon to be self published) and when I see “no self published” I want to throw my laptop across the room. Thankfully not all people are like that, but what the heck? When I read I pay zero attention to who published it and I really hope a lot of bloggers see the light soon and do the same.