Friday, June 8, 2012

BEA: Ask the Experts

This week in New York City the annual BEA is taking place!  For all the book bloggers who can't make the trip there is "Armchair BEA."  If you want to learn more about Armchair BEA head over to their website here.

Today's topic: Ask The Experts. "In your post, ask the visitors to your blog for blogging advice. What did you always want to know about blogging but were afraid to ask? Now is the time!"

Okay, my one question that I'm a bit hesitant to ask is: How do you guys get to all of your review books?  I don't really request very many ARCs yet I still have trouble getting to them along with all of the other books I want to read for the year.  Also, I see other bloggers with HUGE stacks of ARCs each week in their mailbox and think to myself "how in the world do they get to all of those?"  Do you actually read EVERY ARC you request or do some get left behind?  Do you guys have any tips for ensuring you get to your request books?  I was thinking maybe creating some sort of review schedule might be helpful.  Anyways, I had a lot of fun reading everyone's Armchair BEA posts and I hope that the bloggers that physically went to BEA had an amazing time!


  1. I wonder the same thing you do when I see all those stacks in Mailbox Monday!

  2. I think it is impossible to read EVERY book we get. But, you can put something in your Review Policy about not being able to guarantee a review.

  3. A review schedule would help. I don't know how they get to them either, though!

  4. those are some great questions and I do try to read every book I get , but there are times I need to read for fun.

  5. I eventually get to every book, but what really helped me was going going cold-turkey and not accepting review copies for awhile. The longer I do this, the more I guard my precious reading time:)

  6. I don't request books, but they still come to me... a few anyway. Those I don't really worry about fitting in. If I DO request one, I will bump it to the top of the pile. Or if I accept one, I will sometimes bump it, but sometimes those get neglected too. It's a hard thing, and for the most part, I'd rather read whatever I feel like than have a pile of review books bugging me.

  7. What is the right way to request an ARC?

    1. ARCs: Most of the time I get my ARCs through NetGalley [e-copies only] ( or through requesting them via the Shelf Awareness Newsletter (

      I sometimes win them from other blogs, Goodreads, or LibraryThing...but not as often.

      Also, I know that some bloggers request books directly from publishers via email - if you decide to go this route you'll need to provide blog stats and should request each book about 4 months in advance (I've heard that's the ideal time frame).