It was a year ago today that my dear friends Victoria, Harriet and Simon and I dipped our toes into the waters of publishing an online book review magazine.
Four issues, three inbetweenies and over 500 pages of content later – we’ve reached issue five of Shiny New Books and can almost call ourselves established! It’s been a fun year and the four of us work together well – Thank you all.
Our main aim was to find great books to recommend and to match these tomes with the best book-bloggers to write about them, and to accompany the reviews with a wide range of supporting material. Our list of contributors has grown with us to encompass new friends from all over the place and the scope of the titles we include has broadened too, although quality fiction remains the backbone of the mag.
I’d like to thank everyone who has written for us so far – you are all amazing, but especially our regulars and our new behind the scenes helper Bookgazing! Also thank you to all the publishers who have sent books far and wide to our reviewers.
Now we are a bit wiser about what works and what doesn’t, we hope to continue making our quarterly main editions of Shiny New Books better and better. Our inbetweenie issues are being re-christened ‘Extra Shiny’ and the next one will be on May 12th. I’m putting that date out now because one of our new features is the Shiny Book Club. We’ve announced the book chosen today, and we’ll congregate to discuss from that date in our ‘Extra Shiny’.
Other plans? Well it would be nice to make the magazine pay for itself – although it doesn’t cost a fortune to run, there are costs which we’ve paid for. We could offer affiliate links to certain online stores, but are a bit wary of that undermining our independence. We could offer space for advertisements on the sidebars, but that might clutter up our look! Any suggestions are welcome.
Also, we’re always searching for new reviewers – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org In particular, we’d like to feature a few more SFF titles and we’ve not reviewed poetry properly yet, so if either of those genres are your thing, get in touch, or just get in touch anyway.
I’ll be highlighting my own reviews at Shiny (9 + 2 BookBuzz features!) over the next couple of weeks, but don’t let that stop you from popping over for a look – do sign-up for the newsletter and we welcome comments – just in case you’ve forgotten, you need to click HERE.
Happy Birthday Shiny.
Here’s to Issue 5 and beyond!