Just wondering how many books do you have at one time?
How quickly do you post a review?
Do you tell the authors how long until you will review their work?
I have a number of books to review and have gotten a few more requests. I want to accept, but can only read one or two books a week and I'm not sure how long an author thinks I should take to do a review of their work. Advice please :)
Since you work for a publish house, could you shed some light on the best way for a blogger to connect with publishers? So far I'm mostly requesting from the author, which usually works. However, I'd rather work with a publishing house.
I feel so much better about my posts since I'm staying around a 4-5 weeks of sitting on a book! Thank-you!!!
Most medium to large (and a few small) publishers use Netgalley.com to "advertise" their books to reviewers. It is free for reviewers to sign up and receive books (the publishers pay all the fees). Most are ebooks, but I think there is a way to request print editions. Books there are generally available 4 - 6 months prior to release date.
For smaller presses, like the one I work for, that can't afford netgalley.com have contact info or form on their site. Also, we reach out to the bloggers any way we can. If you want to see what my publisher has available for bloggers see The Writer's Coffee Shop profile here on book blogs. There is also a TWCS PH Blog Tour group. I've noticed several publisher's having groups on here. And also the website - www.thewriterscoffeeshop.com/publishinghouse
Thanks Laura for this topic and 'Thank You' Donna for you helpful responses.
That is a great idea. In the beginning... a couple months ago... I felt like I had to say yes to EVERY review offer I got just so that I didn't burn bridges. As a result, I have been under a pile of books for months! Just recently I started turning books away when they aren't a good fit for me or my daughter. I am still under a stack 12 books high with more everyday, but I feel like I am catching up.
It depends but I can have up to three books going at the same time. I start reading and if I lose interest I put it down and start another. Then I either finish the new one or chop and change.
I try not to put too much pressure on myself to finish and write reviews - it is supposed to be fun. I don't give a deadline for reviews.
Enjoy reading and blogging!
I like that. I've felt like I need to read in the order I get them and muddle through them, but normally I've read a book by how I feel, kwim? Like sometimes I can only handle something light where othertimes something dark is more what I want.
I try to get one new review up per week. I know that many reviewers do quite a bit more, but I refuse to go at lightening speed. I want to thoroughly enjoy my reads. If it feels like a job (and it's unpaid) I'm sure I'd quit after a week.
I just try to be up front with how long it's going to take me to review. The authors can always say no if they want!
For me, it usually takes about 2-3 weeks to read a request and review.
I try to do at least two book reviews a week on Monday and Wednesday, on the weekend I participate in a meme that ties into the theme of my blog.
I am a one book at a time person, and I don't like to read a book fast just to get through it. I like to savor what I read.