by Dannie Lynn Aasted
Creative Haven Owls (Creative Haven Coloring Books)
Publisher: Dover Publications
Number of designs: 31
So as some of you know, on October 1st, I launched a magazine. The premier issue of Color On! Magazine went live, and I’ve spent the last couple weeks ironing out technical hiccups and fixing things that didn’t quite go according to plan. Part of the “not according to plan” involved an unintentional 3-week gap in reviews here on AdultColoringBooks.com. I just didn’t have time for both! (My partner in the magazine had to step back due to health issues, so I ended up with way more on my plate than I had originally anticipated.)
On the plus side, a lot of the overload was simply because it was the first issue, so hopefully it won’t be quite as bad going forward. That said, you never know what’s going to happen to affect the schedule, so in order to keep myself from tearing my hear out every month, I’ve decided to make a change in how I handle my review schedule here on AdultColoringBooks.com.
From now on, the last week of each month will be a “no reviews” week, to give me uninterrupted time to work on the magazine, at least until it’s more than just me working on it! To make up for that, I’m going to try to increase the number of reviews I post during the other weeks in the month. So instead of 2-3 reviews a week, I’m going to work toward 3-4. That should keep the average reviews each month about the same. Also, for the next couple weeks, I’m going to try to post daily, to make up for the 3-week hiatus.
However, it would really make it easier if I could count on several guest reviewers to submit reviews, so this post is also a call for writers who would like to review books. As an incentive, regular reviewers will also have the chance to receive free coloring books to review! For every 3 reviews you submit that are accepted for publication, I will send you a book from my review stack, for you to keep after reviewing. Due to postage costs, I do have to limit this offer to USA and Canada addresses, although I may occasionally have e-book reviews or “direct from publisher” options that are open to writers from other countries.
To facilitate this process, I’m also adding an “Upcoming Reviews” page to the site. This will list all of the books currently in my review stack. In addition to letting you know what books may be available for you to choose as your “4th review,” this will also let you know which books are not in my list, so you can choose books from your own collection to review. Please do search the site to make sure I haven’t already reviewed a book before writing and submitting your reviews.
When submitting a review using the email link in the last paragraph, please do not send the review as an attachment. Send it in the body of the email. (Due to potential viruses, I delete attachments unless I have requested them.) The review should start with the book title and end with “###.” You may also include a 2-3 sentence bio which will appear at the end of the review. (See this review as an example.)
Build a Giant Poster Coloring Book — Under the Sea
Publisher: Dover Publications
Number of designs: 24