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I'd like to add to this that getting reviews from bloggers and print media takes just as long for a response, if you're lucky to get a response at all. After waiting a year, we finally got a review in Renaissance Magazine for my historical fantasy, "Armor of Light" - fortunately, it was worth the wait. We've been told by bloggers that they have huge backlogs of books to be reviewed. So I've learned to exercise patience - and lots of it.
Just about everyone's got a backlog, so unless your book is just so amazing that it makes them want to put everything aside and read it soon as possible, you'll likely have to wait. Of course, it's never easy when you're the writer and you want to keep F5'ing your book's page every few minutes, but that's just the reality of the situation.
After all these months can you share the final results on your reviews?
Unmanageable backlogs are, IMHO, irresponsible. If I 'win' more than a couple of books, I stop soliciting books until I've caught up. I know there are those who feel no obligation whatsoever to read their free books or, heaven forbid, take the time to actually write a short review of them! We've been over this ground before, so I'm not arguing that I'm right and those freeloaders are wrong or that there is even anything ethical in returning a favor or not. I'm simply suggesting that if you can't keep up, quit asking for more.
mldavis2, I'm behind you on this. I was solicited for a free copy of "Tallis' Third Tune" after the Library Thing giveaway and the reader, who didn't win a copy, e-mailed and asked for one, admitting that she wouldn't be able to review it for several months. I appreciated her candor and did not send a freebie. My publisher would not be pleased if I kept giving away review copies and not receive even an acknowledgment of receipt - which has happened.
One blogger highlighted "Tallis" on her website and said she didn't have time to review it and asked if there was anyone else who could. It was a 'book of the week' selection based on the press kit and description of the book my publisher offered with the review copy. I must say, the hits on my blog and my Amazon numbers went up that week.
As an Early Reviewer, I feel an obligation to read any books I receive as quickly as I can. I appreciate the effort the author has put into writing their book and completely understand needing and wanting to know how it appears to a reviewer. I generally drop other books I'm reading for enjoyment whenever a review book arrives. Sometimes I get behind when books are held up by the publisher, or the mail, and then I get two or three in close succession. I'll still drop other books until I fulfill my obligation.
On the other hand, I think some people may have OCD when it comes to requesting books. "More...(click)...more...(click) (click) I need more...." LOL Even I, who is never without a book, recognize that I will never in my lifetime read everything I want to. I just won't live that long! Unfortunately :(
#6 and #7 > I pick my book requests rather carefully. Often there is nothing I would want to read, although I try to be as eclectic as possible. I also have an interminable list of 'want to read' books sitting around the house which I've never had time to read. Nonetheless, if I request a book and receive it, that goes to the next slot on the 'to read' list. I recognize that authors can't have books sent and wait months for a review. How would I feel if the shoe were on the other foot? Early Reviewers should be -- well -- early, not late.
I don't mind waiting for reviews, especially if the reviewer has taken the time to read my work. I've mentioned that I waited an entire year for a national magazine to read one of my books and the review was well worth the wait. I've also had to wait for a very long time for a mediocre review, and a review where it was obvious the reviewer didn't read the book. I understand the lack of time we all have.
Recently I suggested that an author look at my posted reviews, saying if I seemed to be the person to review the book just written I'd do it upon receipt of a copy.
Author looked/ sent book/ I read/posted review/was thanked. Esta1923
I think there are serious reviewers willing to help an author, and there are book collectors willing to request one of everything whether the intend to read it or not. I request only books I intend to read and my reviews are short and to the point, not a rehash of the story or plot which is given by the advertising material.
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