Live, from Scotland!

  Coming to you live from Bonnie Scotland. I'll be reviewing for UK publishers and venues through the next few months, up and running here at Bluestalking. You'll find me at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival in August, attending events, standing very close to authors, reading and buying books, enjoying the roar of the grease …

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When critical impartiality fails

There comes a time reviewers risk becoming dangerously involved in an author's work, too involved to maintain impartiality without exerting great and conscious self-control. Without noticing it, you become slanted. Every now and then it's not a bad idea to remind yourself the integrity of professionalism demands lack of prior judgment - good or bad. …

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Why author interviews?

I'm working on transferring my collected author interviews from Bluestalking's former Typepad location over here to WordPress, so if you're seeing a million tweets announcing each post, that's why. Sorry for that, in advance. I've been trying to close the Typepad site since last June; clearly I'm not moving very quickly on that resolution. I …

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The future of book blogging: where we’ve been, where we’re going

We are, most of us, volunteers who provide a free service to writers, acting as their PR and/or marketing agents without the benefit of the title. Through rants, raves and simple mentions we raise the visibility of books and writers who may or may not need the help, though they generally do, unless their names …

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A Preponderance of Pondering: or, Curiouser and Curiouser.

No time to pursue this week, but once I'm home from Booktopia with fellow blogger Bibliosue expect me to run off at the keyboard about this brilliant article from The Atlantic:   http://tinyurl.com/6m3fzxe   It's from 2001, and I've probably read it before, actually, but it's particularly striking now because the issue of literary/genre fiction …

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