I just banned the first author from being reviewed by Spinetingler.
Let me just say this, to all authors, for the record - and because I'm in a bad mood I'm not going to pull punches on this.
If a publication has submission procedures for reviews, you follow them. Unless you have been contacted by the reviewer and invited to do things differently, don't assume special rules apply for you.
When it comes to Spinetingler, one person has final say over reviews that go in our issues. K. Robert Einarson. And he isn't a reviewer. He's the co-founder and publisher.
If you go to reviewers, you're putting them in the position of taking a book they can't guarantee we'll run copy on. And I have built a wall to protect our reviewers from being harassed, specifically because they volunteer their time and I don't want any of them to be abused. We have explicit guidelines on the site, for the information you are to email to me.
If one of our reviewers is interested, I will notify you.
If I ever find out an author has gone behind my back to a reviewer directly - particularly if they have been in contact with me already - or an author is abusive to a reviewer over their review, I'll ban them.
You know I'm friends with a lot of authors. I am one. We all make mistakes. But I have a responsibility to protect the people who volunteer and give of their time. That's my job.
And if I have to be supreme bitch of the universe, I will be.
Today I found out someone who'd been in contact with me went behind my back to a reviewer and this particular person is one who'd already left a bad taste in my mouth. No reviews of their books will go in our issues or on the review site.
I do NOT have time for this kind of bullshit.