I’ve been meaning to update the Big Idea guidelines for a while, so I went ahead and did it. The big changes:
1. Now I’ll accept books that are ebook-only;
2. I’m asking people to provide more links and formatting so it’s easier for me to get pieces up more quickly. Because hunting down links, etc actually takes a fair amount of time.
Note that although I’m accepting ebook-only releases, I’m still largely not accepting self-pubbed ebooks. The reason for that is simple: I can’t possibly read every book submitted for a Big Idea, and so I need an at least minimal standard of assurance that the books being featured are competently written. Having a third party publisher who says “hey, I will pay money to publish this book!” is a good way to do that.
(Mind you, lots of books published by third parties are less than good, and many self-published works are good — remember I self-pubbed Old Man’s War before it was picked up. But again, I can’t take the time to read every single submitted book. This is my sorting process.)
As I’m updating these guidelines on the week, sometime in the week, probably Tuesday, when editors and publicists are actually online, I’ll make a general post noting the updated guidelines. Try to look surprised when it happens. In the meantime you, my weekend readers, just got a soft release of those guides. Don’t say I never did anything for you.