Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog

  It's a real problem for the reading and book tracking obsessed: must you add books half-finished at the end of 2017 to that year's tally (post-mortem, as it were), even if you don't finish them until 2018, or is it morally justified migrating them to first reads of 2018? My Code of Ethics Regarding …

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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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