At least, books by people I either know personally or are writing in the same genre as I am (sci-fi, fantasy, with an emphasis on pulp sensibilities).
This hasn’t been an easy decision, since I enjoy discussing the craft of writing, as well as spreading the word about good stuff I think you’d all enjoy. But as a–ahem–published author myself, it feels wrong and a little gauche to write reviews about the people in my creative space.
I liken this to being a musician or filmmaker who goes around critiquing other musicians or filmmakers while he’s out busy making the same kind of art. This was fine before I had a book out, but now that I do, and I plan on publishing more relatively soon, I don’t like it.
I’m not going to remove the book reviews I’ve already published, and I’ll continue to review works by authors in the fields of non-fiction, as well as some stuff if its by a huge author a la Stephen King or someone of that level who is on a whole other level.
This does not mean I won’t be promoting books, or even interviewing writers. I’m just going to dial it back in the review department so I don’t get accused of trying to curry favor with other writers in exchange for good reviews.
Let me know if you think my concern is overblown, or if it’s right on the money. I’ll probably ignore your suggestions, since once I make up my mind, I do the thing! But I’ll listen regardless and maybe, just maybe, I’ll reconsider.
Here’s my novel A Traitor to Dreams. Read, enjoy, and leave an unbiased review!