In August, I’ll be making several long international flights, so it’s time to load my kindle and ipod with reading material. If you’re an author and would like me to review one of your stories, leave me a message in the comments section below. If you’d rather speak privately, send me a direct message via twitter. If I’ve previously agreed to look at one of your stories but haven’t gotten to it yet, this might also be a good time to remind me.
I may not have time to honor all requests, as I’m in the middle of a career change. I’ll prioritize my reading based on format, length, and genre.
Format: Audiobooks (in formats easy to load on my ipod) get the highest priority, as there are many times when I can’t read, but I can listen. I read text on my kindle, and I prefer the native .MOBI format, so that I can adjust text size in response to lighting conditions and such. (Any story for sale at Amazon.com or Audible.com will of course meet my requirements.) My kindle can also display .PDFs and possibly some other formats, but sometimes they are difficult for me to read.
Length: There’s a very good chance I’ll read your 20 page short story. Your 250 page book is going to need a killer marketing blurb, and it may be a while before I get to it. If you want me to read your 600 page epic, you’ll have to convince me you’re from the future and you’ve written my biography.
Genre: I’m willing to review almost any sub-genre of science fiction, and I’m planning to review some fantasy stories as well. Here are some exceptions/clarifications:
Romance/Erotica – If romance is the core of your story, then it won’t appeal to me. Even if romance is just one component, I’m likely to view it as a distraction from the rest of the story. If your story contains any erotica, please don’t request a review.
Horror – I’m not opposed to reading sci-fi with a horror component, but I don’t scare easily. You’ve got ghosts? I’ve seen a lot of battlefields and hospitals; if gruesome deaths caused ghosts, I’d have dealt with dozens of ’em by now. You’ve got a creepy doll? Guess how far I can kick a football.
Politics – If you wrote your story to make a political point, rather than to entertain your readers, then I’m not interested. Even if I happen to agree with your political views, they aren’t what I’m looking for in my science fiction.
Feel free to post a link to, or a short description of, your work in the comments section below. You may want to avoid multiple links; WordPress might think your comment is spam.