If you’re looking at this post through a feed, you may want to click through. I’ll wait.
Now that you’re here, you probably noticed that I’ve rebranded. I am officially retiring Debuts & Reviews and am converting this to a personal blog.
Why the change? Well, simply because I cannot keep up. From day one, running this blog has always been at the cost of my writing. Raven, Katie and Deborah helped with reviews, and Mulluane helped out with debut research while I was at Fantasy Debut, for which I was deeply grateful. But even so, it was a lot more work than you might expect. Publishers don’t always make their debut novels obvious. There isn’t a handy “debut” checkbox I can look for in publisher listings. I could ask for help and I’m sure you would provide it, but to be honest, I need a subject change.
Therefore, this is no longer the blog of a reviewer. This is the blog of a fledgling author. Very fledgling.
What will I do here?
Well … review books, for one. But there will be a lot of differences. I won’t concentrate on debuts anymore, although you probably saw that coming. I’ll review nonfiction as well as fiction. I won’t accept review copies and I’ll alert those publishers that still send me books (I already started this, in fact). I won’t review every book I read. I will probably review come classics that I love, just because I want to talk about them. My reviews will have more of a writerly slant (e.g. what I learned from the book). My review posts will be less frequent, more casual, and will cover more than one book at a time. And I will do video reviews.
(Yes, video reviews. I’ve always wanted to try this. I’m not a narcissist, and I’m not very photogenic, and my voice isn’t great, but when I talk about books and gadgets and music, I want to … well … talk. So I will. I’ll be starting up a YouTube channel for that.)
What else will I do? Writerly posts, research posts, road trip posts, low sat-fat recipes (we’re following a cholesterol-lowering diet), additional installments of my You Tube Tour of Classical Music, video game posts–and whatever sounds fun.
I will continue to have guests–and I have a bunch scheduled, about one a week.
This is difficult change for me, because I love doing this. However, I’m not saying goodbye, I’m only changing the subject, and that makes this post easier to write.
I do hope you keep coming ‘round!