Something every book blogger loves to get. New bloggers wonder how to get them, intermediate bloggers work on balancing them and experienced bloggers seem to take them in stride and are the envy of other bloggers when they get a books others wish they received.
This seems to be how it goes. If different for you let me know.
So lets go over the levels more:
New bloggers: I know when I started blogging I'd see all these people with arc copies of the book weeks-months before the release and I remember wishing I could be like that one day. So I started off with Netgalley. Then after a few months, I learned of Edelweiss. These two sites are great to start up a collection if eArcs.
After awhile I started wishing I could get some print books. Sometimes I get offers from Independent authors but otherwise print arcs were a mystery. Although I had heard a bit about contacting publishers and just asking about them. I must be honest here, I still am not sure how to go about this. I feel selfish and greedy asking for a book as is and then when I get up the nerve to reach out, I don't know who to contact at the publishing company. Any tips there?
So now I am more an intermediate level, I get offers once in a while and have requested and occassionally recieved a few print books and I have a nearly limitless outlet for ebooks. In fact I got in a bit over my head with the ebooks. Now I am at the point of attempting to balance review books versus older books (or even newly purchased) that I am reading primarily for pleasure.
For those of you who to a lot of review offers/requests, how do you handle them? Do you have a limit? How many books is too many. What is your balance?
Then I get requests for things I don't want (or sometimes the book just shows up with a letter from the author expecting a review by a certain date) Well what if I don't want to read the book or what if I have too much on my plate to meet the deadline? What then?
Then there are those bloggers who seem to take it all in stride, the ones with the hot release titles from the top publishers and authors. And they get extra copies and/or swag sometimes too! And I can't help but wonder how to get to the expert level as a review blogger. Please do not misunderstand this as being the most important part of a reviewer or blogger. It it's but it is like a fancy trophy. You still want it. Even if I never got a single review book I would still review and have this blog. In fact, when I started blogging, I was oblivious to arcs/galleys for the most part. But my 'competative' side wants that near sacred recognition.
So to those who have obtained it, what are your secrets that you are willing to share?
Or in general, how many review books do you read (monthly, yearly or whatever)?
Do you know of other sites besides the ones I mentioned? Are you a new blogger with questions? If so, feel free to ask? This is just an open platform to share questions, tips, ideas, experience, etc.