About Split Seed Review

A naturalist’s guide to ideas that grow

Split Seed Review is an occasional series that reviews independently published books worthy of note, whether in content, design, or theme. I take a naturalist’s approach to reading independently published books: I’m willing to examine anything that comes across my path, but I have pretty well-honed instincts as to what’s sustaining. I’m looking for stories that live, ideas that grow. I’ve found ideas taking root and growing in neglected sidewalk cracks – and folks trying to build trees in well-manicured gardens. My bias is toward the former.

This is not your typical book review site – I likely won’t include full plot synopses, or comparisons to other books, or a thorough analysis of literary devices. Instead, I’ll focus on the central meaning that can take root in a reader and bear good fruit over time. Plus I don’t want to overdwell on the particulars of the story that are best found through discovery – and reading the book for yourself.

If you’re an independently published author and would like to submit your book to be reviewed here, please send an e-mail to splitseedreview(at)amandarooker(dot)com with “review request” as the subject. In the body of the e-mail, include your book title and a two-sentence synopsis. I’ll reply back as soon as I can with specific instructions. Here I review stories, whether fiction, creative nonfiction, or even narrative poetry – please do not send non-narrative nonfiction. Also, I only publish constructively positive reviews, so if I can’t positively review your book, I’ll let you know personally and not publicly.

Keep investing in your writing – and your reading!

Amanda Rooker is an editor, writer, and book designer serving independent publishers – authors, businesses, and small presses. To learn more, visit www.amandarooker.com, follow her @SplitSeedMedia, or connect via LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/amandarooker).



  1. Judith said,

    September 27, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I really enjoyed your article on BookDaily. You’re so right — with the glut of published books available now, author’s need to ensure the quality of their work.

    Thanks so much for reminding us.
    Judith Marshall
    Author of “Husbands May Come and Go but Friends are Forever”

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