Whatever receives up to 45,000 unique visitors daily and more than two million page views monthly, the site is occasionally featured as a Top 100 site by Technorati (and a Top 10 site in their Books and Entertainment sub categories) and I am a reasonably well-known author and online personality. As a result publicists and others have expressed interest in promoting their product here. Here’s the deal on all of that.
I discuss books, music, DVDs, software, gadgets and other stuff here. I am open to receiving materials in all these categories. I also run features on authors of both fiction and non-fiction.
Yes, you may send me books, music, DVDs, software, gadgets, etc for consideration. No, I do not guarantee a review or note of the material, or that I will interview or run a feature on your author, although I do try to note on the Web site what works are sent to me.
Contact me at email@example.com to query me about interest in your product if you like, but generally speaking it is not necessary to query me beforehand; just send it. Please do not call me unless invited to do so.
Please send materials to:
Whatever/The Big Idea
9732 Horatio Harris Creek Road
Bradford, OH 45308
Yes, you may follow-up via e-mail on the status of my interest.
If you’re sending something you want returned (tech gadgets, etc), please include return postage and packaging. Otherwise the chances of you getting it back are slim indeed.
MP3s, PDFs, etc: If you prefer to send electronic versions of product (or point to where they are available online), that’s fine; indeed, electronic versions of music are preferred. Hard copy is strongly preferred with books when possible; I get enough e-mail (and have enough of an aversion against opening attachments from people I don’t know) that electronic files often simply slip past me.
Yes, I am open to blurbing upcoming books from authors. I am very selective on what I will blurb.
All blurb requests must come through editors/publishers, not authors. This is to avoid me having to tell an author I don’t like their work enough to blurb it. That’s awkward. I will pre-emptively turn down requests from authors. So if you’re an author who wants me to blurb your work, ask your editor to take care of it.
Editors can send along work to the address above, or query me for my interest at firstname.lastname@example.org. When sending manuscripts for consideration, please include the date by which a blurb must be received.
UNPUBLISHED WORK POLICY:
I will not read your unpublished work. Please don’t ask. And please don’t think you’ll be the exception to this policy. You won’t be. Here’s a long explanation why I don’t read unpublished work. Self-published work qualifies as unpublished work for these purposes.
TWITTER RETWEET POLICY:
Yes, I have one, and it works for other social media too. Here it is.
CHARITABLE SOLICITATION POLICY:
Yes, I have one of these, as well. Here it is.
GUEST BLOGGING POLICY:
Yes, I have one of these, too! Here you go.