And Now for Something Completely Different, Part 2

Well, completely different might be a bit of a stretch, but after 96 podcast reviews, spanning nearly two years, I plan to shake things up. Just a bit. Maybe a lot.

In November of 2009, I decided to start reviewing works of podcast fiction. It is amazing to me how many more stories there are in the market place now than there was then. I’ve had a lot of fun doing these reviews, and I hope to do hundreds more.

However, I must admit, doing these reviews has changed my life, and not all in ways I would like.
Long before I discovered podcast fiction, I was an avid reader. I would read daily, sometimes for hours. Although, I doubt I could do that now with a four year old and a baby, I miss those hours of reading.

I miss it, because I have little opportunity to read anymore. This is partly due, no doubt, to the children, but it is also due to podcast fiction. These days, it is very difficult to find time to read because I’m constantly listening to podcast fiction. I enjoy it most of the time, but the motivation isn’t due to that enjoyment. It is because there is a review pending. Monday is coming after all.

So, I’ve decided to change a few things.
I need to read. I miss it too much. I also need to write. I need to write.

So, the change.

I am going to continue to write podcast reviews. However, they might not come along every Monday as they have for the past two years. I had considered taking a hiatus, and I still might, but for the time being, I’m simply going to release the pressure on myself and review when I’ve completed.

I’ve also decided to start doing something else I’ve been wanting to spend more time with.
Book reviews.

So, the second announcement is this: I’m going to open up View from Valhalla to authors and publishers looking for an honest review. I’ll continue to review books I’ve read, that I’ve chosen, however, if you’re an author or publisher that would like to have a reviewer read and review your book, here’s your chance.

Unlike my series of podcast reviews, I will read and provide a guaranteed review of your story if you provide me with a copy of it. Books submitted for review will need to be provided as professionally developed ePub or dead tree (address provided upon request).

All reviews will be reviewed in the order the books are received, with the exception of stories submitted prior to publishing, in anticipation of advanced reviews. I will provide these authors “next book in the queue” privileges. I promise to meet no deadlines.

I am not a fast reader. I have other obligations. I will review each book as I finish it. I will not “read faster” on request. I do not read erotica or pulp romance. I will not listen to the podcast of the same work and then write the review. I will not read as your friend, your buddy, your editor. I will read as your reviewer. I will be honest.

That said, if you’ve read any of the reviews on this site, you have a good idea of my review style, and how vitriolic I get, even when critical.

So, do you have something for me to read? I’m ready when you are. You can contact me at odin1eye at viewfromvalhalla.com or on twitter @odin1eye (protected account)

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There are 5 Comments to "And Now for Something Completely Different, Part 2"

  • Jeffrey Hite says:

    Odin, I completely understand your need to get back to reading. That was one of the reasons that I stopped doing GreatHites, and one of the reasons that I really love working for Flying Island Press. I love what I do for them, reading writing, audio work and what I have found to be one of my best loves editor. That sounds odd but I really enjoy reading a story that needs some work and spending the time to do what I can to help the author make it a better story. The ones I have seen come back with some of the edits I suggested have been … You know what this is supposed to be about you and not about me. The long and short of it is that I think this is a good idea. If you feel like you are not getting what you want to do, you are not going to want to do it. Better to make changes now and maybe save the concept as a whole, then to grow to resent it and end up shutting the whole thing down. Your reviews have become a staple of the podcast world, and they are greatly respected. I know that even if I don’t totally agree with your assessment, it is still a good assessment of the story. I would really like to see the expansion of this to include books and other media. I wish you the best.

    -Jeff Hite

  • Laura/GreenGlam says:

    I think this is a good step for you. Enjoy some time with your family, Odin. Now that we won’t know the schedule for posts, please be sure to tweet several reminders throughout the day. I don’t want to miss one. Thanks for everything!

  • The main thing with your reviews is that you are enjoying what you are doing. The awesome then follows :)

  • Doc Coleman says:

    I’ve been hitting that same wall with The Nifty Tech Blog and The Shrinking Man Project. I don’t want to just drop either one, but I don’t have enough time to do them, and work, and try to write new material. And right now I have stories I really want to get written.

    Of course, in my case I’ve just slacked off and no one has noticed. :/

    Doc

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