You may wonder what happened to the Independent Novel Award in 2008. Unfortunately, the blog did not receive enough quality submissions in 2008 to make the judging possible. Waiting for Spring was the only submission to emerge from the submission pile and The Ant King was an Internet find that I came across. The rest of the books reviewed were not self-published titles and so were ineligible for the award. Can't really award the award based on a pool of two books. Another problem that exists right now is that I am trying to figure out a new material submission procedure for the blog.
Currently I am reading The Sum of Life: The Worst Kind of Lies by John Patrick Lamont and Messages to My Son. I am also reading some books that I received from publishers to review. So despite the lack of activity on the blog, The Podler is busy. If you read the new Self-Publishing Review blog run by Henry Baum, you'd also see my review there. The Hidden Layer was another cool find that I came across.