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... and feeling like the sorcerer's apprentice surrounded by brooms!
What a huge site - a bit overwhelming, but I'm sure i will get the hang of it eventually. I am quite impressed.
I just received a book from the Member Giveaways (how fun!) and was invited to "talk about it in the Member Giveaway group." I see that there is also a Early Reviewers group which seem to work as a tracking system of some sort.
Is there a protocol or generally accepted / appreciated way that I should use these groups in relation to books that I receive and ultimately review?
The Early Reviewers group is tracking mostly in that we like to keep track of when books get sent out/received, and we like to know who else has won books.
MG is books given away in small batches by owners or publishers or the authors themselves.
ER is larger batches given away by the publishers, often ARCs.
There's also "Reviews of Early Reviewer Books" where you can talk about what you've received, though it's not used quite so much - in addition to the review on the work page, a lot of us just post to our Challenge threads to talk about the book (there are lots of Challenge groups, with different themes, but mostly they're for chitchatting about what you're reading and perhaps encouragement to read more, maybe even to a certain goal).
I don't participate in MG, but I can say that for the ER group, it's helpful to limit threads to the tracking ones so that they don't get lost amongst discussion threads.
I've gotten quite a few ER books and a couple MG ones, and I don't think I've ever posted or even read threads in either group. It's not required. MG books differ, but mostly people would like you to review the book in return for getting it; ER books always want a review (which means, among other things, that you don't delete the book from your library - the review would disappear too).
Yeah, LT has a _lot_ of features and neat stuff. Ask here any time you're puzzled about something and someone will point the way!
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