Tuesday, December 9, 2008

So you want more books...

The Story Siren and Reviewer X both did a post about how they get books, and how they got to where they are now. I was requested to do the same so here I go..!

When I first started I reviewed books that I already owned or recently read. Then went to the library more often, which led to more reviews. One fateful day a publisher asked if she could send me a book to review, of course I accepted!

Being noticed made me believe that people actually read my blog sometimes! So I started searching up reviewing programs like First Look, and Random Buzzers. But the huge thing that I love the most is Bookdivas.collectivex. Yes I know most people just go on Book Divas which is also a great site, but it was bookdivas.collectivex that got me going.

So I guess i'll make a list of the ways i get books ordering from most to least.

1. Winning Contests
2. Book Divas.collectivex
3. Purchasing them either off of Amazon or going to Borders
4. Gifts
5. Library
6. Publishers/Authors

It will probably take a while before you have a steady stream of books coming in, most of us reviewers are lucky to get a book a week! Seriously though don't do this to get free books. Most of us don't. Personally I like to be able to inspire or just convince someone to read a book that might change their life!

The main thing you have to do is get yourself out there! Tell your friends and community about your blog, and comment on fellow bloggers posts. It doesn't matter if the book is old or new, just review!


Ellie said...

Thanks for letting us know how you get your books! I'm a teenager reviewer too; I just started reviewing through blogs about a week or so ago, and I was wondering how a lot of people had five or even ten in their "In My Mailbox" posts. I'll check out the bookdivas.collectivex site you mentioned, and hopefully soon I'll be getting more traffic to my site!


sharonanne said...

Bookdivas collective looks awesome.

TruBlu93 said...

My number one income of books is winning contests too. I'll have to check out Book Divas and the other sites that Steph and Kristi mentioned.