Last week I had five unsolicited emails from authors that I don’t know, requesting that I review their books, and of course very flattered to be asked. However, it did raise a few issues that I felt needed some clarification.
I have been an avid reader since childhood and it is something that I do for pleasure. This is not a book review site, it is a mix of many things, but primarily these days it is a book promotion platform for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and the Children’s Reading Room.
As you will have noticed, I blog a great deal as I keep to my vision of an online magazine blog. It keeps me busy every day and I love it. So no complaints from me about that. However, it does mean that I have to schedule time to read, and this year I have made a commitment to reading at least one, if not two books a week.
Currently like most of you I have a TBR as long as both arms, and I try to read in the chronological order that I buy the books. Which is the key here, as I prefer to buy the books that I review, so that there is no pressure to read and review, and I can enjoy at my leisure.
There is an exception to this, and it is when an author I have previously read and reviewed asks if I might accept their book for an advance review. If I feel I can do so in a timely fashion then I am happy to do so.
My focus in 2021 is promoting authors in the Cafe and Bookstore and am delighted to welcome new writers with their books to join the 150 already on the shelves with their reviews, and I will happily promote their new releases and recent reviews regularly.
If you are visiting for the first time here is the links on how you can join other authors in the bookstores.
Main Cafe and Bookstore : Free Author Promotion Cafe and Bookstore
Children to 12 years old: Children’s Reading Room
So I do ask respectfully that if you are an author who is not in the cafe and bookstore that you take advantage of this free promotion that is in place, rather than send me requests to review your books.
Thanks very much for visiting and hope you don’t mind me clarifying how the book reviews fit into the blog… Sally.