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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Blogoversary Day 30



Remember to enter the Comment Contest and start commenting now if you haven't already! :) Ends Wednesday night, so hurry hurry! :)

Alright, today is the last contest, which means it is also my last chance to answer questions for you guys!

I believe I only really have two left, so here I go:

How did you manage to snag so many ARCs and books in your one year of blogging?
To be honest, I'm not quite sure. Okay, first of all - last summer I went to ALA and basically snagged about 100 books at the conference. It's a similar conference to BEA, only librarians generally make up most of the population. I also spent a lot of time entering contests and winning ARCs and then I've been fortunate to have a few publishers actually contact me for reviewing ARCs. Most of the ARCs I get are for Tours - I participate in Traveling to Teens, Traveling ARC Tours, and Booking it Forward Tours currently and most of those arcs are only with me for a a week and then they get passed on after I read it. Authors also sometimes contact me via Twitter or email to see if I want to review one of their novels as well.

I don't email publishers to ask for certain books because I really have a huge TBR pile in the upper 300s range. That's from buying books, winning books, review books, etc. So, I can't justify asking them, but if they offer and it's something I really want to read, I will say yes.


I tend to babble on until my review actually reaches about 500-600 words, so I wonder if you personally think it is OK to write a long review or I better keep it short?
I'm all about short reviews if you've seen my blog... but it's really your style. I think it's good to try new things out and see what you feel most comfortable with when reviewing. I feel like yes, I want to tell you what I thought about the book - but I don't like revealing too much about a book, so I keep my reviews very short. Doesn't mean that's the right way, it's just my way and I highly suggest doing whatever you feel most comfortable with.


You guys can always email me if you have blogging questions or need advice, or simply want to chat. (dragonzgoil at gmail dot com) I'm on way too much in the summer, so I can get back to you lickity-split. :-D


Today's contest is for a signed ARC of Dark Life by Kat Falls - not only is she a debut author, but she lives near Chicago! :) Check out my review of her book.

Rules:

1. Open to people with US addresses only.
2. Fill out the form below to enter.
3. This contest will run until Wednesday, July 14th at 10 pm CST.


19 comments:

  1. I love to get to know new authors

    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  2. i wish i can go to conferences like bea or ala... dark life sounds good read. thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. Great answers. I saw a video showing ALA man that looks heavenly. You're so lucky to be able to go to events like that.

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  4. As much as I would have like to attend the BEA it was impossible since it fell right before the close of school. I hope the organizers next year take into consideration that an awful lot of bloggers are actually working teachers and school librarians and either move it earlier in May or later in June.

    Thanks for making June a great month for giveaways this has been awesome

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  5. Thanks for hosting the contest! Have a great day!

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  6. Fantastic advice Kristen! And thank you so much for answering my question =)

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  7. Wow. Upwards of 300 books on your TBR. That's just awesome. It'd be like going to a small bookstore every time you need a new book. I was feeling good at having 60-80 on mine. You go, Kristen. And, this has been really fun. Thanks.

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  8. I've been enjoying your Q and A's! Thanks!

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  9. i've never been able to go to any book conference and stuff.most books i bought myself too.and i won a few books lately.so i guess i still have source of books to be read and reviewed ;p

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  10. BEA was awesome, and that's definitely where I got the majority of my ARCs from.

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  11. I also tend to like short reviews. You can say what you think in a few huundred words and people are more likely to read them that way

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  12. Sometime I would really like to go to BEA or ALA. Another great giveaway.

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  13. Lovely answers. You're so lucky you get to go to events like the BEA or ALA.

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  14. I write short reviews so i don't give anything away.

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  15. I'm going to try and save up and see if I can go to BEA next year.

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  16. I'm with you on shorter reviews, though sometimes I get a bit long-winded. Maybe I should work on that more...

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  17. Wow, another great book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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