Thursday, September 5, 2013

Novel Escapes Announcement

After four incredible years, a plethora of books, and a multitude of new friends, it is with a heavy heart that I, Lydia, will be stepping down from reviewing at Novel Escapes. This is a bittersweet moment. The blog has grown beyond our wildest dreams, and we've helped spread so much bookish love, but the thought of shredding the administrative demands and the time involved in reading and reviewing on a deadline has made me buoyant again when I was struggling to stay afloat.

Maintaining Novel Escapes to the standards I wish to uphold has been a struggle during the last year while I was writing, publishing and promoting my own novel, working full-time, planning a wedding, and attempting to have some form of a social life. I am tired. I am so very tired – an inescapable fact that came to light during an interview with Book Cover Justice where I mentioned repeatedly how exhausted I was. I cannot do it all. And I’m finally ready to accept it – and let a few things go. After publishing my own novel, Redesigning Rose, in June, and with it so well received, I have decided to focus on and pursue my writing career.

I will, however, continue to be involved with Novel Escapes by working behind the scenes on all the technical mumbo-jumbo. All our lovely reviewers will still read and review with a few changes on their ends – and one on yours if you’re a publisher, publicist, or author pitching a review. These will now be done directly with each reviewer and the review policy will be altered to reflect the changes. I will no longer be involved in the process. Do you hear that HUGE sigh and see those shoulders dropping? That’s me, relaxing a little. The gleam in my eye is from thoughts of all those hours I can now spend writing my second novel.

I won't ever stop reading, and I will continue to post reviews. The only difference is that this will be on my own time and on my own blog, Goodreads, and Amazon (provided they allow me with all their new 'author' rules,) and from time to time I’ll pen a guest review for Novel Escapes. 

Thank you all for your understanding and patience while we shuffle through this change in the next few months as I phase out my reviews and involvement and transfer over the reins. We are also beginning a search for three new reviewers in the US and UK. I appreciate all your kindness and support over the years, and I’ll still be around, tweeting and posting, so I won’t be far away.

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