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Reactions to and Thoughts about SHAKSPER Book Reviews
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0596  Wednesday, 12 September 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Subject:	Reactions to and Thoughts about SHAKSPER Book Reviews

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

The responses to my query of last week about establishing a Book Review 
feature on SHAKSPER were plentiful and enthusiastically affirmative.

Let me take the next step now and request your thoughts about how such a 
procedure would be managed.

My initial suggestions are these:

1. I will establish a small group of Book Review advisors (probably four 
to six members). Do I have any volunteers? Keep in mind that I will only 
be appointing a handful of members so that the group does not become so 
large that it cannot function efficiently.
2. Subsequently, I will forward requests I receive to have a book 
reviewed to this group or the members of the group themselves will 
select publications to be reviewed for so-called "publication" on SHAKSPER.
4. Members of the group will make a request for reviewers and will 
select the person awarded the task.
6. I, the chair of, or a member of the Book Review Group (or Board, or 
Advisory, or . . . Please share your thoughts about a designation.) will 
request that the publisher send a copy of the book to be reviewed to the 
reviewer.
7. The reviewer will then have a month or so to read, consider, and 
write a thoughtful 500 to a 1000 word review. Do members consider this 
an appropriate length?
8. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the advisors before they are 
posted to the list.
9. After reviews are distributed as daily posts, they will be archived 
in a book review section of the web site.
10. Reviews will become the basis for further discussion threads about 
the work under consideration or about its subject or matters related to it.

I welcome any private responses to these or any matters arising from 
this issue.

Finally, let me sincerely thank all of you who took the time and energy 
to respond to my first request. One of the reasons that I enjoy and 
continue to offer my time and talents to bring this conference to its 
members is for the tremendously thoughtful and kind responses that I 
receive in appreciation of my work. SHAKSPER is the principal channel 
from which I obtain respect and gratitude for what I do, sentiments that 
are not forthcoming in the majority of my other daily activities. THANK 
YOU ALL!

Hardy

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