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May 10, 2005

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Dan Wickett

"(suggestions by readers -- who, unlike publicists and authors, have no real stake in what is covered at the site (and who are more attentive to the sort of books covered at the site) -- tend to be by far the most useful)"

Oh my gosh. That is the most dead-on thing I've read about having a website that reviews books! I can't believe the number of emails suggesting/offering titles that describe things that wouldn't be spotted at EWN in a hundred years.

Enjoy,

mwb

Ah, reviews not generated by the interests of the big publishers. I've become more and more disenchanted with the big publishers choices for contemporary fiction as a whole and how so many review publications over emphasize non-fiction (not that I don't read that too), big publishers only and tend to shift focus toward other media reviews (movies, CDs, etc.)

I kind of wish there was an independent print review magazine devoted to fiction published independent and small publishers.

I get a couple of music magazine whose primary focus is actually music and cover a lot of small, independent and self-produced music CDS. I'd love to see the same for literary fiction.

But I'm insane that way.

Malcolm Campbell

Even those media outlets who claim to be desperate for more rare, literary, and otherwise unnoticed books are notoriously difficult to get into.

Some, like my local newspaper, have no space available because they believe long reviews are better than multiple short ones. We're always told that if you can't interest a radio/tv interviewer in your book in 15 seconds, you're out of there. Reviewers might consider a similar strategy--do we really need thousand-word reviews of one or two books when 50-100 word reviews that don't wander with extraneously personal stuff about the interviewer's life and loves might: (a) get the message across much better, and (b) give publications the space they need to review more books per issue.

Random thoughts on a rainy Sunday morning in Georgia.

--Malcolm

Lizzy

Michael,

I first learned of Amelie Nothomb's existence from one of your reviews (of her first novel, I think). I read Fear and Trembling later and loved it.

I'm sure I'll find a gem or two here, too (although, so far, not impressed with Case Histories)...

It's just that it bugs me to come here and read the masthead proclaiming you all "the leading literary blogs." I mean, I always though of you as a real person, not one of those creeps... Heh.

Ok, well, no big deal. But it bugs me...

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