Signal Boost: Announcing Rise Reviews

Nov 8th, 2010 | By | Category: News & Announcements

(This was originally posted at Bart Leib’s blog.)

Some of you may have seen my recent post calling for reviewers. I was being secretive about why, but this morning I realized that there’s really no reason to. I’m just in the habit from Crossed Genres, I guess. 😉

So I’m pleased to announce that I will soon be launching Rise Reviews, a site dedicated to reviewing quality speculative fiction that did not receive professional pay*.

This is something that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. See, most review sites either only review fiction from professional-paying markets, or take most of what they review from those markets. I don’t hold that against them – every review site receives FAR more review requests than it could possibly accomplish, and each one has to decide for itself how to narrow down the pile.

But the result is that, more often than not, smaller presses which don’t pay pro rates are the ones that get passed over. And that’s what Rise Reviews will cover. Many of these publishers produce excellent quality publications, and I hope that Rise will be able to help bring new writers and smaller presses to the attention of readers. Rise Reviews will hopefully provide a complement to other review sites.

I’ve already got a solid core of reviewers, and the website is being developed. I’m aiming for a launch date of January 1. Rise Reviews will not be directly affiliated with Crossed Genres – the only real connection will be that I’m the owner/operator of the former and the publisher of the latter.

Right now, I could use 2 things:

  • If you are a publisher, editor, author or agent who has a novel, anthology/collection or magazine that you would like reviewed (which fits the criteria**), please email (We can’t review everything of course, but we’ll see what we can do.) Please put “Review request” in the subject line of the email. We’re open to reviewing just about any type of speculative fiction (including erotica, crossover, etc.), of pretty much any length**.
  • If you have review experience and would like to contribute to Rise Reviews, also please email Please put “Reviewing for RR” in the subject line of the email. Describe your experience, and if you can, include a link to a review you wrote. The more reviewers we have, the more fiction we can cover!

Many thanks to everyone who’s shown interest and contributed in various ways so far! I’m really looking forward to the launch!


* “Professional rates” in this case is defined according to SFWA’s criteria: $0.05/word for short fiction, $2000 for novels.

** Rise Reviews will only review work that received some form of monetary compensation – at least a token payment, but less than professional rates. That means no self-published work and no publications which pay only in copies.

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