IWSG: Review Queue is free

Hi, it’s Sher today. Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh and the IWSG website for helping writers support each other.


IWSG has pulled me through some terrible slumps. I moved inland in February, and I haven’t written a single chapter of my own book since. But I dreamed about it, continued critiquing, and hired an illustrator for my mom’s picture book. Things came to a standstill this summer when our remodel project ran into problems, predators killed most of our chickens, Russian Hackers invaded my site, and I got sick. Now I’m doing better, and I’m halfway familiar with WordPress, but I’m far from caught up. I didn’t finish Mom’s book yet because of so many review requests. I couldn’t stand the idea of turning away authors whose books deserve a chance at success. After all, my love of reading came before writing.


I couldn’t refuse,

or I’d feel like a skunk,

so I thought for a week,

maybe more. Yes, I thunk!

I wanted to write,

and I wanted to read

and help other authors

of kid lit succeed.

What can one person do?

Maybe book review queue!

But will it fall flat

or be helpful to you?

Please read all the rules

to make book reviews fair.

Then post onto Goodreads

and Amazon. Share!


Before you go, please comment. Do you have a better idea? What’s your insecurity?

IWSG co-hosts for November 5 are LG Keltner, Donna Hole, Lisa Buie-Collard and SL Hennessy! Also, please visit IWSG writers listed below. Thanks!

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. Your post is really timely for me. I’ve recently been considering axing my offer to review books. It’s not because I don’t enjoy it. I love reading! It’s more because of the time constraints shortening in my life – 4 kids, ill parents, ect… I think we are all constantly evolving and that’s okay. I don’t think I’ll ever fully give up offering to review for some. Giving back/helping others is part of being whole within this amazing writing community. ((hugs))

    As far as insecurities, yeah…I’ve got to many to mention right now. LOL

  2. If you’re that overwhelmed, good idea to get others to help you review!

  3. I feel better just hearing I’m not the only one who’s so time-challenged. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Sounds like you’ve had a tough year. Sometimes you just gotta say no to get to a satisfactory place in all your own stuff. The review queue sounds intriguing. I have 4 books I’ve agreed to review, plus critiques and beta reads for my critique group. Its easy to get overwhelmed by the needs of others.

    I hope the next couple months go smoother for your Sher.

  5. And I thought I had it bad. You’ve been through the wringer this year. Hope the remodel project is over by year’s end so you can start next year all fired up and ready to go.

    BTW, how do you enjoy being inland? Do you feel any safer from storms?

    • Thanks. And yes, we both feel safer from storms. Runoff is still a problem; it’s been undermining one edge of our driveway, but that’s far less worry than a tidal surge.

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