Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blog Business, Etc.

A bit about giveaways, Goodreads, books I don't review, books I don't read, and Twitter.

Giveaways: I am horrible at hosting giveaways, which is why I typically just don't do it. Last month I ran a giveaway for Ruta Sepetys' beautiful debut novel, Between Shades of Gray. And as bad as I am at actually getting to the post office and sending the books, I'm apparently even worse about letting everyone know who won. Because there was a winner of that giveaway (congrats to Autumn!) and the book has been shipped and is on its way. HUGE apologies for not posting (or emailing) about it. This is why giveaways are such a rarity around here: not because I don't have books I want to give away, but just because I'm so bad about it.

Goodreads: I have two Goodreads accounts. One of them is my blog name (Ten Cent Notes) and is public, but rarely used. Though I always intend to cross-post my reviews, I hardly ever actually do it and the account sort of sits empty and sad and lifeless. The second account is this one, my personal account. This one is private, but it is where I keep track of the books I read and what I think of them (through ratings, but rarely cross-posted reviews). After everything I went through with reviewing, running a blog, and having publication goals at the same time I'm very protective of my personal Goodreads account. As much as is possible, I don't want it to be public information.

That being said, the personal account is still the one I use and the one you should go to if you want to become a friend on Goodreads. Like I said, I'm maybe a little over-protective and am definitely picky when it comes to who I accept friend requests from... at least for the time being, though this may change eventually.

Books I Read, But Don't Review/Read: In my IMM (In My Mailbox) and some of my list posts, I talk about books that aren't always YA. But when it comes to what I review, this is a YA book blog. If you want to get even more specific, I have a review policy that states what genres and subgenres I do and don't accept for review. I mention this because although I don't get a ton of review books, I do get some. And many of them are paranormal or fantasy, two genres I specifically state that I don't review. These are books that I know other readers and bloggers are looking forward to and when I get one in the mail I always feel bad about it because I know that I am not going to read this book. And -- unless I send it along to another blogger -- me receiving it isn't doing anybody any good.

Twitter: I love it. That is all.

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