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Peek Inside the Philadelphia Inquirer Fiction Reviews Bookshelf

bookshelf.jpgSpace, resources, and freelance budgets are shrinking at traditional book review outlets. But one thing hasn’t decreased: the number of incoming galleys.

In a sobering essay entitled “Why the hell won’t they review my book,” author Tess Gerritsen included that snapshot from the galley bookshelves at Philadelphia Inquirer. This GalleyCat editor has a big stack on his desk, but the Inquirer‘s July galleys pile dwarfs our stack.

Check it out: “You are looking at the July fiction reviews bookshelf of the Philadelphia Inquirer. These are the galleys that the Inquirer is considering for reviews during the month of July. Mind you, this is only the fiction section; the nonfiction section has a cabinet with just as many galleys waiting for review. This is only for the month of July, and these are the survivors after a severe winnowing down of all the galleys the newspaper received for this month.”

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