Submission Guidelines

Currently, I am not accepting submissions as I am buried in books that I am reading for school and that means getting a review done would likely take me a lot longer than any sensible author wants to wait. I will be doing occasional promo posts and reviews for the books that I am already reading, but until further notice, I won’t be accepting unsolicited reviews.ย 

If you are an author of non-fiction Jewish histories or religious material from the ANE, please feel free to contact me about your book, as I am studying these subjects anyway and can probably fit your book into my current stack.

When things settle down a bit, I will try to begin accepting general submissions again. Thanks for understanding and for visiting.

โ™ฅIonia

Bacon, the book mascot is always on the lookout for exciting books to read, so no doubt he won’t let me get away with this for long.

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55 thoughts on “Submission Guidelines”

  1. Love this part: “Please be aware before you send anything to me that I am always honest. What this means, is that if I dislike your book, I will not be afraid to say so. I will never do so in a way that is degrading to the author, but I also will not sugar coat the way I feel about any book. If you have not become thick-skinned enough by the time you publish your book to handle a review that is not glowing then please consider your choice of careers carefully.”

    Nice that you offer such a service!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! Yeah…I was kind of hoping I might scare away those who were expecting an easy five star. I do understand how tough it is to write a book and to be criticized once you put your work out there, but I also want people to be prepared. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wasn’t born with much of a filter and I tend to say whatever comes to mind.

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  2. Hello Ionia,
    Thanks for liking our Pacific Rim Press blog on the newly published, ‘ Manichaeism 101’. Glad to see you that you have well-thought out submission rules for reviews.

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  3. Hi ioniamartin, thanks for the like. i like that you are honest. I will send you a request to review my book if and when I already have one. thanks for sharing your talent.

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  4. Hi Ionia,
    Thanks so much for following my blog “So… You Want to Be a Writer”. I will send you a request for book review soon. You sound like a reviewer who is honest and above board, and I appreciate that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog site, mbtimetraveler.com. I have three books out currently and two more should be out by summer. I want to risk you not liking them in a review, but the review request button above does not seem to be working. You can contact me at eiverness@cox.net or at my blog. I will continue to try the link over the next few days, but it keeps giving me a message it cannot find it. Thanks!

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  6. Hi, I like your blog, and really like the notion that you’re a musician, photographer, reader, and writer. Cross fertilization, creatively! Also like your photos and see that you enjoy close-ups. I NEVER leave home without a pocket camera, and can think of no better way of keeping your vision sharp. What’s your music? Are your kids creative—well, stupid question, isn’t it. All kids are creative.

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    1. Thank you so much, and it is very nice to meet you. I do like close-ups. I also have a thing for wide angle shots, but in my tests they didn’t look do great on my site. I was impressed with your site as well. Nice to meet another nature lover and photo enthusiast! I play classical piano pieces and a bit of contemporary music as well. You are so right, kids are very creative! I look forward to more of your posts.

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  7. You are one brave lady! Enjoyed your forthright opinion and directions. You are the reviewer I’ve been seeking. I humbly hope you will consider my book for your perusal. Thank you for this blog.

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  8. Really appreciate your submission guidelines. Honest feedback is gold dust to a writer and, even if it is painful, I find comments on what hasn’t worked almost more useful than praise and often more difficult to come by. With a fiction and a non-fiction book in the pipeline, I look forward to submitting a request (one at a time, I promise) for a review.

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    1. I will look forward to it. I was named after my grandmother, who had family in Greece. I think we were both names after the Ionian regions of Greece. I use Ionia Martin because it is less of a mouthful than Ionia Anatolia Mariah Florescu-Martin try putting that on a standard form ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I really enjoyed reading your submission guidelines! I do have one question though, when you say paperback or Kindle format, does that mean you’d rather have the (real, able-to-hold-in-your-hand-and-smell-the-new-book-smell) paperback or the (really-is-on-my-kindle-device) kindle edition, or is that how the document (not PDF, right?) must be set up? I’d really love to send you my book, (it is a YA western fiction) but am unsure how to get it to you. Please let me know! Thank you very much!

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    1. Either way is really okay, I always love “real” books, but I know how expensive it gets sending out copies. I accept any copy that a kindle can read. Thank you for asking ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. I think many of us think about formats nowadays, both to send to others and for publishing purposes. Sadly, though, some of us are not even sure what formats are useable on different tablet systems, and how to put our creations into the most feasible ones.

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  10. Hi Ionia, nice to see you on my blog – I’m hoping you liked what I wrote about ‘The Lion’s World’, I found it very moving and hoped that came across in what I said. All the best, Ruth

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    1. So sorry for not responding sooner, wordpress has been incredibly annoying the last few days with all the bugs and crashes. Any kindle ready format is fine, MOBI, Word Doc, or PDF

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  11. What a kind and generous thing to do! AND you tell it like it is. I current have a work in progress that is about 25% complete (but the beginning was the hard 25%). I hope you are taking reviews when I finish it!

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  12. Today, I went to the beach front with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it
    to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to
    go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic
    but I had to tell someone!

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