- To get books, you must NOT JUST RELY ON ARCs FROM PUBLISHERS OR AUTHORS. Go buy copies of their books in the bookstore. If you really love an author's book, you won't hesitate to shell out money for a copy of the product of their sweat and blood. Like how you never hesitated to spend how much dollars just to see Rob Pattinson on screen trying to kiss Kristin Stewart's esophagus. (I still think I can do a better - if not more graceful - portrayal of Edward than RPattz)
- In the monster world, before monsters eat their victim, they say, "I'm going to eat you!" To avoid messy skirmishes with an author over a negative review you've written (yes, those situations do exist!), try to give a heads-up to the author first before publishing your review. Let them be able to read it first, explain to them why you are giving such a review. Remember that however bad a book is, authors tried to kill themselves writing it so when it gets criticized, it still hurts. Just imagine if I suddenly told everyone, "(Your Name) smells like rotten corn!" (trust me, it smells really bad) when in fact, although you do smell funky, it's because you're sick and your medication is what's giving you that odor, it'll hurt, right? But of course, letting the author read your review first does not mean you're giving them the right to make you change what you wrote. You're just preparing them for whatever your verdict is, and because you care about their feelings.
- Share a cupcake with a blogger. Maybe not a real cupcake, but you get what I mean.
- For really awesome books, instead of five stars, give the author a huge PLANET. Like Jupiter. Or maybe Saturn, because it's prettier.
- When an author/publisher sent you books, thank them profusely, and make sure to tell them that when you become really famous someday, like president of a country, or a god, you'll name an island after them, and they have rights to that island.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Armchair BEA Day 4: Nurturing Relationships - from ARGH's Point of View
Nina is busy reading. When she's not too busy with her books, she works as a nurse and gets hit by little boys and girls that she poked with a needle. Her hobbies include reading, sharing great reads with her mother/brother/boyfriend/friends, and practicing how to dodge children's fists.