Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Book of the Month Award: Summer Vacay!

The Review’s Book of the Month Award: Summer Hiatus

Having just about reached the year’s midway mark, we at The Review have been anticipating this point with a great deal of thought and contemplation. We began 2015 with a new initiative, our Book of the Month Award (BOMA), and have had tremendous success. Moving forward we want this to continue and bring even greater attention to deserving authors. Toward this endeavor, staff have decided that the award process shall go into summer hiatus and resume in autumn. 

The Review admins have engaged in conversations over the months, pounding out ideas for how to achieve more as well as streamline the process and sharpen edges to bring the BOMA to tips of tongues and become more competitive—by its wider exposure and with many more indie authors reaching out for the win.

Of course, maintaining this dialogue can be challenging. As an international blog, The Review is run by writers and authors who rarely come face to face and often are required to juggle duties, decisions and time zones in other than real time—that is to say, via messaging only. It can become tedious, to say the least, or slow down the process, but our professional group of admins have done a remarkable job of staying on top of a variety of processes not only to keep everything running smoothly, but also to achieve this while maintaining deadlines and limitations on wait periods for authors and reviewers.

Some readers may already be aware that this method of operation is soon to get a bit of a boost in that Paula and Louise, who live in England, in a few short days will travel to meet with Lisl in the Great Land—Alaska. They will be able to get with each other and discuss all of the above and much more, and waiting time for a response will not exceed the length of time it takes to swallow a mouthful of tea!

The Three Heads, as they are affectionately known, plan to take full advantage of the time together to see about mapping out these and other goals for The Review, and the possibility that the summer hiatus may become a permanent seasonal break, to read more books to choose from, re-assess the process and progress and brainstorm ideas for improvement and expansion.

Of course, they will aim as well to do a little whale watching and gold panning in the Land of the Midnight Sun!

As we approach the The Review’s second anniversary we look forward, as always, to supporting indie authors and books you will want to spend your time with—and doing this while also supporting the growth of ourselves and others.

We’ll see you there!

Mount Susitna, Sleeping Lady
Lisl writes about her here

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