My inbox has been filling up over the summer months, so it's high time for another edition of the BookBaby mailbag. From finding readers and getting reviews, to high-tech crafting and taking the plunge, our community spans the gamut, and there's lots to be learned!

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As editor of the Maine Review, I’m often asked what I look for in submissions. As a writer who has been submitting to literary magazines for years, I know the process is fraught with anxiety, hope, and an occasional bit of dread. It’s sad that there’s no easier way for editors to discover excellent writing than through an impersonal submission process, and I hope that by sharing my thoughts, I can help make the experience a little easier for you.

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Moby Dick was declared "dull, dreary, and ridiculous" and Orwell's 1984 "a failure." In literature, bad book reviews and effusive praise come with the territory. Just celebrate you are being noticed, and be sure your name is spelled right.

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Book reviews: You want 'em. You need 'em. You hope they're glowing. You think they'll help you get to the next phase of your writing career. And you might be right!

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It's still difficult for self-published authors to get reviews from big-name book critics, but here are 10 places that WILL review your book.

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Ah, the process of submitting to literary magazines — that dreaded, suspenseful, and occasionally joyful experience of sending your work away to be loved, scorned, or ignored by editors.

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