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September 15, 2005

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Justin Buchbinder

It's so interesting to read how you explain what you choose to review, and what goes by the wayside.

What's even scarier is that, for new writers like myself, it's a step so far down the line.

In the end it shows the length of the gauntlet that I will have to plow through - first impress the agent, then impress the editor, then impress everyone at the publishing company, then there's the booksellers, and then, there's you...

Of course, after that, there's the book buyer (can't forget them!)

You're at the end of a long line of what if's and coin flips. Must be both a blessing and a curse.

Nicole Duncan-Smith

Time is always of the essence. Do you also review graphic novels or comic books? I challenge you to either visit our website and check out the Nat Turner book that we put out or send us your mailing address so that we can send you a copy.

Nicole Duncan-Smith

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Clea Simon

Thanks David -- I enjoyed this post and it goes a long way toward answering what I'm often asked. (I should add that I'm not only a critic but also a novelist who has been reviewed by David).

Wanted to add a few thoughts:

One thing that I hear constantly chewed over in writers' sites is whether paperback originals can get reviews. David didn't talk about this, but I wanted to put in my two cents and say that at this point I probably review nearly as many PBO as hardcover originals. My editors really don't seem to care that much about original format if, say, the PW or Kirkus are good, the author is local or otherwise interesting, or I push for it.

Also wanted to add something about approaching us critics: I'm now reviewing a book that came to my attention through a personal letter from the author. The author noted that she's local (which helps) and that she had read my reviews of other books (which is certainly a good form of flattery). More important, she noted which of my reviews made her think that I would be interested in her work. She also included a copy of her first novel and its press. She'd obviously read my reviews and I liked that. I also liked the first novel and so I emailed her press contact for an ARC of the second, which I will be reviewing. So -- a polite, personal, and complete letter can also work for you.

Marta

Thanks for this nice site and good luck for the future.

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