Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support. I appreciate that you can all understand the position I’ve been put in and thank you for the kind comments and personal messages too. I will reply to them all soon I just wanted to clarify yesterday’s post as I want to be clear what’s happening.
I’m not abandoning all indie books for review. But I will be more cautious about who I accept in the future. I need to know people are genuinely fine with the possibility of a 1,2 or even 3 star review. I may not give that rating but it has to be something an author is ready for as I have to be able to review giving an honest opinion. I will also be reviewing books as I originally started, rating them and then contacting the author. It messes my head to do it any other way and I hope this will sit well with people here.
My to-be-read pile is too large at the moment so I’m going to work on reducing that first. I’ll be updating my review submissions page – It’s currently unavailable but I’m going to repost it with new information later today explaining everything plus stating that I want to review books that have gone through some thorough editing. For those who’ve commented recently on editing this has to be done thoroughly but it doesn’t mean a writer needs a professional editing. But there DOES need to be someone looking at the book with a very critical eye – someone who’s willing to be brutally honest and not say everything’s fine.
The wonderful person running the Book Review Directory has said I can stay on the directory! So I’ll be reposting that badge 🙂 ! I’ve also now joined NetGalley! This will give me a chance to try out some great new releases, which I’m excited about, plus I get to display this wonderful badge on my blog (I know most bloggers already have this badge, but it’s new to me so I’m excited!).
I hope you will continue to enjoy reading my reviews regardless of whether they are by indie authors or traditional. Along with that I still have all my usual poetry and ‘other musings’ (whatever they may be). Thank you again, it takes some time to feel better but I feel like I’m back on the way up, and with such support here I’m sure I’ll bounce back sooner than I would if there had been a whole load of negativity thrown my way.