The GenReview website and My Reviews

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A few posts ago I told of the end of The GenReview. Because the wonderful writer and editor Tony Burton allowed all his reviewers full copywrite rights on our reviews, I decided to add the reviews to my blog that can no longer be seen on his website.

I hope some of you find a new author to follow or a book to enjoy by reading one of themlots of books.

The demise of another wonderful website

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It pains me to announce that the website I did book reviews for is gone. The owner of the site, a brilliant man, was going to pull the plug sometime this year because he couldn’t get enough reviewers for the number of review requests he received, but a mistake by his hosting service deleted all of the reviews for the past several years. So he decided enough was enough. 

I learned a lot from him – thank you Tony Burton! And will miss the email from him listing books he has available for review. I stepped outside my comfort zone and read different books from often unheard of authors. I will miss the excitement of finding one in the mail and cracking the spine to find a new favorite.

My writing improved by turning phrases and looking harder at at structure and content of everything I read, not just the books I was reviewing.

I will continue to review the books I read here and on Goodreads, but will truly miss The GenReView. Thank you Tony – I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity you gave me by allowing me to review for your site the last few years.

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GenReviews and Picture Books

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I just finished reading “The Donors” by Jeffrey Wilson. It was so intense I shut the windows to keep the demons out when I read it late at night! My review should be complete and uploaded within a day or two. Check out Tony Burton’s Genre Fiction Reviews site at

Feel free to check out my previous reviews and those of others I am humbled to share the page with.

It is a great site to get honest reviews of mainstream and newbie novels.

If you have a book you’d like reviewed, contact Tony via the website.

Regarding the picture book genre, I the second draft of my latest picture book, Eli’s Spots, is in my crit group and ready to send out to houses as soon as I get their feedback and tweek it one last time.

“Jumping Joey” is going out tomorrow. It’s been out 3 times now. One editor liked the main character so that is a plus!!

My productivity has increased exponentially now that I gave up Farmville. For anyone familiar with this facebook game, you know how many hours a week it can suck out of your life. I used to work the farm for an hour or 2 a day. Then I realized I could get the same relaxation from writing during that time, and it actually made me feel better than I did after clicking on animals to feed them and crops to harvest.

Farmville is fun diversion, but writing is a better choice for me.

Good day for writing

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eToday was a great day for writing.

I updated my knitting blog (writeknit) with my project progress, wrote a book review for Chesapeake Crimes, This Job is Murder and now this. Some days are easier to write than others,

My latest picture book manuscript, Eli’s Spots in safely in the hands of my crit group. I’ve already received great feed back from them.

What are your feelings about crit groups? Personally, I feel then strengthen my writing. I don’t have a local group, but online has been a great resource for me.

I found lots of information, and wanted to share part of the article at this site:

Choosing the Right Group


While the right critique group can advance your writing in giant leaps, the wrong group can severely damage your tender confidence.

So how do you choose a group?

There are a number of questions you can ask before you begin. Assess your comfort with the answers before committing to join.

If it is a face-to-face group, how often do they meet? How long are meetings? How are critiques handled at meetings?

N/A for me

Do you submit manuscripts ahead of time so that the other members have a chance to review them at their leisure? Or do you only critique what is read/heard during the meeting?

We don’t actually meet – only emails 🙂 Our schedule is to submit once a month, then crit the other member’s reviews with weeks we don’t submit.

How many people are in the group? Are they beginners, experienced or both?

There are 5 members of my group. Most of them have published children’s books and stories in magazines. Personally, I have not been published in this genre, but hope to say I am by the end of this year.

Does everyone critique all submissions? How long do you have to critique a submission and how many per week are you required to critique?

Yes, a week, one

How often are you required to submit something and what word length is expected?

Once every 5 weeks. It can be a whole picture book, a chapter or 2 from an early reader, a magazine article or story or a query letter.

Sounds simple, but I think I was just lucky to find my group.



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