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.
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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).