LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 2010) –

At the start of October 2010, TNB Fiction Editor Shya Scanlon officially transitioned to a new role as Fiction Reviews Editor.

“This is a great time to be a reader,” Scanlon says. “With big presses going through major transition, more small and independent presses are picking up the slack, and there’s a real deluge of innovative, exciting work being published in a variety of new ways.”

But without traditional gatekeepers, all these new arrivals can be difficult to navigate. That’s why expanded books coverage is more important than ever, especially when it meaningfully includes coverage of non-mainstream presses, authors, and movements.

In addition to providing broad fiction coverage of the best the major houses have to offer, The Nervous Breakdown Fiction Review department is going focus on fiction that deserves public attention but may not have received it otherwise.

Fiction reviewers currently include Dika Lam, Angela Stubbs, John Madera, JP Smith and Richard Thomas. “But we’re always looking for more people to cover all the deserving fiction out there,” says Scanlon.

To contribute to the Fiction Reviews section, please send a query email, in which the project is described, to [email protected]

The same email address may be used by authors or presses who would like to submit work for coverage.


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One response to “TNB Fiction Reviews: Press Release”

  1. Judy Prince says:

    An excellent move forward for TNB and for authors. As Shya Scanlon notes:

    “With big presses going through major transition, more small and independent presses are picking up the slack, and there’s a real deluge of innovative, exciting work being published in a variety of new ways.”

    TNB writers’ creative, engaging, example-packed reviews as well as author interviews keep us aware of the best writing available and to writers’ reflections on how they came to create their work, their assessments of the genre and of its markets.

    TNB is at the tip of a meaningful revolution of author/reader-shared responsiveness.

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