An Update on Future Review Requests

As much as I hate to admit it, my chronic pain is not getting any better.  It’s getting worse just as I’m simultaneously taking on more work and trying to improve my overall health.  As a consequence, I’m going to have to drop some things from my blog if I’m going to keep going.

Readers won’t see any significant changes in the quality or quantity of content here on The Mad Reviewer.  That’s the good news.  The bad news for authors is that while I’m going to continue to process the review requests I accepted nearly a year ago I likely won’t be taking any new requests until late 2014 or early 2015.

I can’t tell you how awful I feel about promising authors 2-3 month waiting times back in May 2013 and still not having a review for them.  It’s compounding my already enormous frustration with my body because of the things I’ve had to give up.  That’s why this year I’m going to try my best to spend at least 30 minutes of my daily reading time on the review requested books I’ve accepted.  Hopefully that will clear things up in a couple of months, but sometimes my body has other plans.

I know a lot of authors follow me here on The Mad Reviewer, sometimes in the hope of seeing my review requests open again.  All I can say is that I hope you guys stick with me for a little while longer.  Things here on the blog are going to get better, even if my body doesn’t.


  1. Jim Davis

    Hi Carrie,

    I am so sorry you’re having health problems,especially chronic pain. Please do not feel bad about having to reduce your work load. Nothing is more important than your health.

    I hope you find relief soon.

    Best regards,

  2. patricksponaugle

    Take care of yourself, you.

    I’m sorry to hear about your chronic pain, and I hope that your steps to improve your health pays off. That’s the best thing you can do for yourself, your reviews, and those who want you to review their works.

  3. Megan.S

    Hi Carrie,

    Please take care of your health. Cutting back on your load is a good idea, and I’m sure everyone is understanding of your situation. Chronic pain is never a good time, and it’s something I struggle with on a daily basis as well. The one thing that I’ve found that helps me is to do the things that relax me the most. When your body is relaxed, your muscles relax as well, alleviating some of the pain. If you need someone to talk to, I’m here for you.

    Wishing you the absolute best,


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