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My advice is to stay away from Zine World. It's the worst zine of all time!
Maybe what Zine World could use is a more diverse set of reviewers, not just people who are current/ex-punk kids who are into either political, personal, or punk zines or some combination of the three
I think what Sarah said is crucial.
If we are going to criticize Zine World, we need to keep in mind that reviews are written by individual people. I am a reviewer for Zine World. I try to review fairly, based on the quality of writing, art, etc. I don't know how other reviewers decide what to put in their reviews.
A couple things to keep in mind: #1 Zine World reviewers are assigned review items randomly. People who like poetry aren't automatically given poetry zines, science fiction fans aren't assigned science fiction zines, etc., nor are people who hate poetry zines purposely given poetry zines or not given poetry zines. For other review zines, reviewers choose what they will review, but not at Zine World. #2 As far as I know, everything that is sent to Zine World that is printed matter and independently published is reviewed. #3 Zine World reviewers have a limit of 75 words for zine reviews. Book reviews can be a bit longer. It is extremely difficult (for me at least) to give more than basic information in 75. I can hardly ever fit constructive criticism into a 75 word review. I feel responsible to Zine World readers to give them as much information as possible to help them decide if they want to purchase a zine, which again is very challenging with a 75 word limit.
So yes, I agree, more diverse Zine World reviewers and writers. Jerianne would probably appreciate the help.
I once published a zine I called Zine Solar System -- a zine that could be described as an improved version of Zine World. Of course few people were interested in it despite its diverse content. Meanwhile, Zine World continues with its substandard, unchanging format. I'm of the mind that Jerianne prefers to keep Zine World as it is with its lack of diversity and all. And I doubt very much that she'd listen to any advice I have on how to improve her publication.