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Because the quantity of books which I receive for review from publishing
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encourage authors whose work I'm not familiar with to submit their books for
Books submitted by authors stand a chance of review if they are major
mystery award winners (Edgar, Shamus, etc.); or if the author has had a prior
book on major best seller lists; or if the author has a well established
following in the genre whose work I should get familiar with.
Authors who have not yet attained that exalted level but want the kind of
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of the review nor would you want it to if professional evaluation is what
you're after. The fee is for the time and the prioritizing.
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