There is a distinct possibility I will eventually close down the site.
It won’t be tomorrow, it won’t be next week. It may not be ever — it’s up to others.
I started this in hopes that it might become something more like a community. I knew, primarily, that the traffic to this site would be authors seeking reviews. I expected some, even many, would come here go straight to the request for a review and move on. I did not expect that to be virtually the exclusive traffic flow.
Few people ever look at the backlog, certainly no one follows the links from it; few people ever look at the reviews — there’re some who come here directly to the submission guidelines and then to the submission form.
I am giving until January. If by then I have absolutely no one else reviewing regularly then I will take down the submission forms. I will leave the site up — no reason to delete the reviews and backlog so that will last as long as WordPress feels inclined to host it.
This is far too much for one person who has his own writing and editing to do, a full time job on top of that, as well as a family to spend time with to do alone. I’ve greatly enjoyed seeing all the books out there, but this is more stress than it’s worth and the lack of any traffic anywhere but the submissions page is, frankly, depressing.
I’m feeling better so I’ll be getting back to my to-read list and some reviews should be showing up shortly and I will continue to contact authors for another title to read until New Years … or the site might live on, if other will come forward and not just offer a review, but actually follow through.