Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The De Facto POD Review Ring Chart

This is intended as a quick-reference chart of the blogs in The De Facto POD Review Ring. The current eight members are listed in the chart in Date Established Order. Most, but not all, of the members have responded to an e-mail request to enter the data they would like to see stated for their blog site in the chart. The data for the remaining members has been taken directly from the blogs. Please refer to the genre codes at the bottom of the chart. The information is current as of May 1, 2007. Hopefully, this chart will live a long and happy life at various locations on the web, and we can periodically update the information. Thank you to all who are participating in this project.

Name: POD People - http://podpeep.blogspot.com
Blurb: A Review & Commentary Site Devoted to Self-Published Books
Founded: January 10, 2006
Submissions: Open to Submissions as of 9/6/08 & highly recommended
Submission Format(s): Electronic versions preferred - paper copies accepted
Author Interviews: Rarely, and only upon request
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: All
Preferred Genres: Any
Notes: A small team of (currently 12) reviewers run by two writers who are not self-published, but are enthusiastic about quality poetry and prose in any format. We host both a blog and a fixed website. News, promotions and commentary relating to self-POD may be submitted to the blog and will be posted at our discretion.

Name: Leo Stableford - http://www.leostableford.com
Blurb: One Monkey, One Typewriter, Infinite Deadlines - POD reviews for all interested parties
Founded: January 14, 2006
Submissions: Open for Submissions as of 4/27/07, but no recent activity present
Submission Format(s): Paper copies preferred; e-books accepted
Author Interviews: No
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: Generic Fiction
Preferred Genres: FA HO SF TH YA
Notes: Long-time reviewer rated 4.6/5 by peers at Francis Ford Coppola's zoetrope.com online workshop from over 130 reviews given

Name: POD Book Reviews & More - http://podbram.blogspot.com
Blurb: Legitimate Reviews for Deserving Authors and Their Readers
Founded: July 12, 2006
Submissions: Submissions are closed as of 11/7/10.
Submission Format(s): Actual paper copy of the published book required
Author Interviews: Yes
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: All adult and young adult genres welcome. If you don't have two digits in your age, you aren't tall enough to ride this roller coaster.
Preferred Genres: Cheaters need not apply (See posted Submission Guidelines.)
Notes: An exceptional level of personal service from a team of highly experienced authors/critics is offered to those whose books are accepted for review. Reviews are posted on multiple, key websites, too.

Name: P.O.D.lings - http://podlingmaster.blogspot.com
Blurb: Hoping to Help Aspiring Authors with Honest Book Reviews
Founded: August 16, 2006
Submissions: Submissions Permanently Closed as of 5/15/07
Submission Format(s): PDF and paper
Author Interviews: Yes - Also offers Podcasts
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: Self Published & Small to Large Press Novels
Preferred Genres: AA CH FA SF TH YA
Notes: Small-press published author with several novels written

Name: None May Say - http://nonemaysay.blogspot.com
Blurb: Personal Outlay Developed Reviews
Founded: November 23, 2006
Submissions: Submissions Open as of 3/24/08, but no recent activity present
Submission Format(s): Various
Author Interviews: No
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: All POD media, including music and other art forms
Preferred Genres: Feature reviews of free online books
Notes: Reviews of music not on corporate labels

Name: Pub-ioneer - http://pub-ioneer.blogspot.com
Blurb: "To boldly go..." - Self Published Book Reviews
Founded: November 25, 2006
Submissions: Last Post 5/4/07: Site has been removed from blogger.com.
Submission Format(s): Digital formats preferred
Author Interviews: No
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: MF MY SF TH - E-mail synopsis for other genres
Preferred Genres: A taste for dark, edgy, unusual stuff
Notes: No nonfiction, literary, or poetry accepted

Name: POD Critic - http://podbookreview.blogspot.com
Blurb: Where I dissect the books of aspiring writers and publishers who employ print-on-demand technology
Founded: January 30, 2007
Submissions: Closed to Submissions as of 4/15/07
Submission Format(s): Paper copies preferred, but digital files accepted (PDF preferred; MS Word/RTF accepted) - See blog site for latest information.
Author Interviews: Yes, but solely by reviewer's choice
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes, for authors and micro-presses
Publication Dates Accepted: All - Will apprise of any changes
Genres Accepted: AA BI CE FA HI HO LI ME MY RO SF SU TH YA
Preferred Genres: None - Film, Television, & Speculative Fiction subgenres considered
Notes: Experienced book editor fosters and promotes all aspects of quality work: writing, editing, and production.

Name: The PODler - http://podler.blogspot.com
Blurb: Reviews of POD Published Fiction
Founded: April 6, 2007
Submissions: Permanently closed to submissions as of 5/4/09.
Submission Format(s): PDF & TXT files
Author Interviews: Yes
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: ES FA HI MY SF SU TH
Preferred Genres: Any of the above
Notes: Home of the International Print on Demand Book Award

Name: Odyssey Reviews - http://herodyssey.blogspot.com
Blurb: Honest Reader Reviews of POD, Self-Published Books and More
Founded: June 25, 2007
Submissions: Open to submissions as of 12/5/08
Submission Format(s): Paper copies only
Author Interviews: No
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: Any considered except erotica
Preferred Genres: Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery
Notes: At least one book reviewed per month. Books will be donated to the local library.

Name: The Slippery Book Review Blog - http://slipperybookreview.wordpress.com/
Blurb: Reviews of Selected Fiction from Small Presses
Founded: October 17, 2007
Submissions: Open to Submissions as of 11/22/07, but not recommended
Submission Format(s): Unspecified - See Submission Guidelines
Author Interviews: No
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: No
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: Any fiction considered except erotica and hardcore horror
Preferred Genres: Only writing, publishing, and marketing subjects accepted in nonfiction
Notes: POD submissions accepted only after the submission of a sample chapter

Name: The Lulu Book Review - http://llbookreview.com
Blurb: Reviews and Commentary on Lulu published authors only
Founded: Launched 2/25/08. First Reviews posted March 1st.
Submissions: Submissions are open as of 9/6/10 & highly recommended
Submission Format(s): Electronic versions or hard copies preferred. Will also purchase copies on our own to support the author. Electronic submissions will go to the top of the list due to easier and quicker access.
Author Interviews: Only upon request, although we may email an author for insight on their book from time to time
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: Consult most of the Lulu Top 100 for the types of books we are not seeking.
We do not reject every example within certain genres, but we definitely have preferences.
Preferred Genres: CE, CH, GF, GL, HO, NF, PO, RO, SF, & YA
Genres Not Considered at This Time: BU, CR, FA, HT, SF, & WS
Notes:
We want to hear from the lesser known Lulu authors who deserve some time in the spotlight, particularly those appealing to a larger audience such as literary fiction and poetry. We are seeking out books of short stories, cookbooks, and books about animals, too.

Name: The POD-dy Train - http://poddytrain.blogspot.com
Blurb: All Aboard The POD-dy Train for reviews of POD books, companies, and other review sites.
Founded: Launched 4/7/09. First review site review 4/9/09.
Submissions: The site was removed from Blogger 5/9/09.
Submission Format(s): Digital PDF's sent to poddytrain@gmail.com only.
Author Interviews: No
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: All
Genres Accepted: Many genres of fiction, but very few of nonfiction.
We do not reject every example within certain genres, but we definitely have preferences.
Preferred Genres: AA, BI, ES, GF, GL, HI, HO, HU, LI, ME, MY, SU, TH, & YA
Genres Not Considered at This Time: BU, CE, CH, CR, FA, HT, MF, NF, PO, RO, SF, SH, & WS
Notes:
Before submitting a PDF, the author must read the submission guidelines and send a brief description of the book and either a JPG of the cover or an online link to it.

Name: The Boogle - http://theboogle.wordpress.com
Blurb: Reviewing books for authors who are proud to be independent.
Founded: 5/23/09
Submissions: Open for submissions as of 5/23/09 & recommended
Submission Format(s): Print Copies Only
Author Interviews: Upon Request
Articles of Helpful Information for Authors: Yes
Publication Dates Accepted: Recent, with forthcoming titles preferred
Genres Accepted: All

Preferred Genres: Fiction
Notes:
As an independent author who understands the challenges of marketing without the help of a gigantic publishing apparatus, Mark McGinty has dedicated time to help promote self-published and independent authors by reviewing their books and linking their websites.

Genre Codes:
AA - Action Adventure
BI - Biography
BU - Business
CE - Collected Essays
CH - Children
CR - Christian
ES - Espionage
FA - Fantasy
GF - General Fiction
GL - Gay & Lesbian
HI - Historical Fiction
HO - Horror
HT - How To
HU - Humor
LI - Literary
ME - Memoir
MF - Military Fiction
MY - Mystery
NF - Nonfiction
PO - Poetry
RO - Romance
SF - Science Fiction
SH - Self Help
SU - Suspense
TH - Thriller
WS - Western
YA - Young Adult

Read the Authors Den article about the Review Ring and Chart.

4 comments:

Dawno said...

Thank you Tabitha, for a very helpful post!

Henry Baum said...

I'd also recommend this:

Reviews of Review Sites

Lists other POD-friendly places that aren't POD-only.

POD Critic said...

Man, you are on top of things over here. Keep up the good work!

Shannon said...

I don't think the Lulu Book Review link is working. Sorry again that I sent it to you wrong in my first email.

It should be
www.lulubookreview.wordpress.com.

Thanks again!