Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armchair BEA Day 4: Nurturing Relationships - from ARGH's Point of View

Today's Armchair BEA topic may be the hardest for me to discuss.  Why?  Because I am not really aware how to work on relationships, I just do my thing and see how things go.  Fortunately for me, they mostly go pretty well.  So to ask me how I establish and maintain relationships with other people is pretty useless.

However, ARGH right here can tell you a thing or two about today's topic, as he must be the most sociable monster there ever is in the world of Monsterdom.  So taking the helm tonight to discuss something very relevant to book bloggers, let me hand over the reins to our resident monster, ARGH!

Hello everybody!  Today I will not be making you laugh or go crazy over my cuteness.  Nina specifically asked me to take this task seriously and I will.  Because I owe it to you to tell you the truth about relationships with the book world.  After all, if anyone can teach you a thing or two about relationships and publicity, why not me, the one who aspires to be the first-ever monster politician someday?

I am not really good at writing long paragraphs that will surely bore you to death - much like Nina's book reviews which, although they make sense, sometimes make me go 'blech' with all the details she puts in.  So like the 10 Good Things on a Monday feature that we do here on the blog - the first feature to bear my photo mind you - I will list things you must forever and ever stick into your brains:

  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. Share a cupcake with a blogger.  Maybe not a real cupcake, but you get what I mean.
  4. For really awesome books, instead of five stars, give the author a huge PLANET.  Like Jupiter.  Or maybe Saturn, because it's prettier.
  5. 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.
You probably already know what I just told you.  But another advice - which I already know that you know, but I need to reinforce:

Be cute.  Be cuddly.  Be more, LIKE ME!

In other words, be confident about yourself, just like how I am.  Look at me.  I'm an undetermined shade of green, I'm fat, I do not have real hands, and my eyes are orange.  But all of you agree that I'm cute.  Why, when I AM A MONSTER?

It's because I, myself, think I AM CUTE.

And that's it, folks.  Nurturing relationships.  From a monster's point of view.


  1. hehe such a good post. :D I'm smiling like mad now. Go ARGH!!!

    I'm like you, just do my thing and see how it works. Comment on posts regularly and link up with meme's, i think this is the way to go. I'm not sure what to write for todays post.

    Have a great day. :D

  2. Oh-my-gosh-cuteness-overload


    Great discussion ARGH! I never would have really thought to inform the author of a review before hand if I received a book from them for review. That just seemed like a gateway to letting them dictate the review for me. :/

    I love your philosophy for "sharing cup cakes" with bloggers, too. I used to do a thing of leaves milk and cookies for my online friends after I got some one day. :D

    Oh, one last thing: You signature is epic by the way. :)

    Kelsa P.


    I can hear ARGH's voice in my head. He sounds a bit like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.
    Thank you ARGH for this post!

    And I *do* know what you mean about sharing cupcakes but not really sharing cupcakes. I totally get it!

    Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

  4. Great post! I'm all for doing my thing and hoping it works, too. :)

  5. Awesome. Just awesome.

    That's a great way to put it. Normally we'd have no problem buying books from the authors we love (before we knew about ARCs), so why do we have to go all crazy over them? I think they're awesome and fun to have (well, I've only had a few), but I love supporting the book industry.

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  6. This is a really cute post with very valid points. Thank you for putting them out there.

  7. ARGH is so cute without trying to be cute =)
    One thing though, what does ARGH has against you? He's been hard on you..


I just have to tell you, ARGH feeds on awesomeness, so if you can, drop him some awesome here, and I promise to give some awesome back :D

Right now, because of my really busy schedule, I'm cutting back on receiving awards. So until further notice, me and ARGH would not be accepting awards. But thank you for thinking of us, we really appreciate it!