I have been reconsidering my ability to continue reviewing on a regular basis. I already review fewer than one book a month, and that is not fair to the authors to whom I have made commitments. My collaboration with Steve, sadly, did not work out either.
My passion for reading has diminished lately, mostly because I am burnt out. I have been writing reviews generally for over ten years, and the non-fiction editing I do full-time has increased in amount and intensity. I promised myself long ago that when I lose my enthusiasm and energy for reviewing, when it becomes a chore rather than a pleasure, I would stop, at least until the passion returns. It is unfair to authors to offer a review that has been forced; I want to do it well or not do it at all. It has been too tempting to accept offers for SP novels that appeal to my reading tastes, however, I simply cannot do it any longer. I cannot even promise to complete the books I have already received, and I hope you can accept my deepest apologies. For the many patient and kind authors who have sent me their novels, I am happy to return them at my own expense.
I will still be writing here occasionally–thoughts about intriguing books I may read on my own at times–and all past reviews and posts will remain.
I am sorry I must make this announcement. If doing this as a paid profession were an option, I would immediately quit my day job (the main source of my burnout) : ) For now, I need to shift my focus to other matters so that I can recover.
Thank you to bloggers who have promoted The Queen’s Quill, authors and publicists who have requested reviews, and subscribers and readers.
My best wishes to you all.
Andrea, The Queen’s Quill