Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Happy Anniversary To Me -- Cheryl Anne Gardner

Yup, as of Monday, this is my third year officially one of The Pod People. My very first post went live October 11, 2007, and I can say, it's been a lot of work; I've had a lot of ups and downs, and I have reviewed lot of Indie books. Getting involved in the community was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have met a lot of really wonderful and professional people: writers, editors, book designers, critics, and a whole lot of enthusiastic readers. I hope to keep it up for another three years. There sure isn't a shortage of Indie books, so it's all stamina permitting. Right now my review queue is running 16-18 weeks out, so I have to be very selective, though I do personally read every query before passing them along to the team. And speaking of the "team" I should thank Emily and Chris for letting me have free run like a rabid chicken, but that's how it seems things get done in blog-land.

And now a public service announcement. I swiped one of Emily's older cartoons and post because I just loved it and couldn't say it better myself:

Join the POD People!

Remember, the POD People want you! We are always interested in hearing from potential vic... um, I mean volunteers. We are always in need of reviewers. You may choose you own books and review as many or as few as you like. We would love to hear from people who have news and views to share on the blog. Edited to add: We are always looking for reader content: Op Eds, Guest Reviews, My Story Features, Indie Page 99s, and anything else related to Self-Publishing you can think of, so get in touch with us at [podpeep at gmail dot com].

Cheryl Anne Gardner


Jim Murdoch said...

I passed the three-year mark a couple of months back. Amazed that I've managed to keep it up. So, well done to you.

Cheryl Anne Gardner said...

Apparently Jim, the three year mark is some sort of milestone. Most blogs die a painful death in the first year or so.

Congrats to you too.

Emily Veinglory: said...

I certainly learned I couldn't keep it going on my own. I pushed the boat out, Dawno got things organised, many others chipped in. Fortunately Cheryl is doing a lot of heavy paddling now (take that as you will). I hope to get some reading down as we close in in the thanksgiving/Christmas lull.

DED said...

Happy Anniversary, Cheryl. I don't always comment, but I enjoy reading your "Thoughts on the Craft" column. It forces me to take a few minutes out of my day to reflect on the writing process and I believe that it's helping me.

Cheryl Anne Gardner said...

Thanks DED. I found that sharing thoughts with other writers and readers has helped me a lot over the years, and I like paying it forward.

Don't worry Em, I am used to it. When my husband and I go canoeing, he sits in the back and relaxes, unbeknownst to me. :) I volunteered here, so no worries.