So, IB’s been up and running for over a year now, and I’ve been (as always) trying to figure out how we can make the blog better. One thing we’ve done is take on some badass new contributors, and we hosted a jam-packed blog event featuring Stephen King. I’ve got some other stuff in the works, but one thing I wanted to turn an eye to was our policies. Specifically, our review policy and our guest post policy.
The good news is that we’re now accepting guest posts! You can guest post a review of an independent-press literary work, a Reading Rage, a Death Match (Yes! A Death Match!), and all manner of bookish things. (If you want to use a format and you’re not sure how, just drop a tweet or an e-mail!) If you want to guest post, a few things to keep in mind:
- E-mailing me to run a post by me before writing may be the best course of action. I can tell you before you launch into a lot of work whether your post will fit our blog. (That doesn’t necessarily mean the final post will end up working for us, but it has a much better chance!)
- Write a couple of drafts before submitting. The number one thing we look for here is high-quality writing.
- Write your post in a readable style. Funny is a bonus. We love funny. But not mean-funny. Don’t be a dick.
- If writing a post that contains an argument, have sources for figures or non-”common knowledge” facts. Also, argue your points well. My head explodes when points are not argued well.
- Have a bio ready to put at the end of your post. You don’t have to send it with your submission, but it’s always better to have it ready so I can schedule the post promptly.
Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!
Now, for the bad news. I really hope you guys don’t hate me for this, but um . . . I’ve decided that IB will no longer accept pitches for self-published work. I’m not making a judgment about all self-published work here; no, this is about the fact that, energy-wise, it’s really draining for me to sift through pitches because I don’t have a touchstone for self-published work. Is this or that book going to be good? I dunno. I have to put a lot of research into books to see if it’s worth it to try to read it, and most of them don’t make the cut, so that work is for naught. The energy sap makes me less good at blogging; in the mutually-beneficial blogger/book producer relationship, I want to be able to hold up my end for people that I choose to work with. So, I’ve decided to change the policy. One thing I’m really adamant about is that I don’t want to start hating book blogging. Anything that makes me kind of hate it is going to get tossed out.
Sorry, self-published authors. I’m doing this for me, not so much against you. We might still review self-published work here, if we come across something we want to read, but please, do not send us any pitches. If you have sent pitches already and you haven’t heard from us, it’s because your pitch hasn’t been processed yet.. and it won’t be. Again, I’m sorry. I wish I could be a super-blogger and do all of this stuff.
I’m also going to suspend our advertising/sponsorship program until after I finish redesigning the blog. Most of that is taking place behind the scenes for now, but once I start making changes, it’s possible that our site will undergo service disruptions. I wouldn’t want someone’s sponsorship to be disrupted and they not get their full value.
If you’re doing NaNoWriMo Team IB, I’m going to post an update for that really soon. This has just been a general bloggy-type update. Now, I need to go hole myself up in my castle and pull up the drawbridge before the mob comes after me with torches and pitchforks for changing our review policy. (I kid! Or do I? At any rate, I’ll be on the lookout. For the pitchforks.)