I love NetGalley. The idea of it, the variety of novels offered there, just about everything.
Ah yes, that “about” thing.
I am a fast reader, I review rather quickly but always trying to keep the reviews within a week of a novel’s release. Some publishing houses request that, and it simply makes sense to talk about a book when it is due to be launched.
I have a decent ratio at around 78% to 89% – it fluctuates depending on how many novels must “wait” for the reviews to go live because of release dates. I am trying desperately to keep my requests to only a month or two ahead so that the ratio stays in a reasonable area.
Yet, I’m pulling my hair out over three publishing houses. So, I’ve decided to simply no longer request from them, especially Harlequin. I do not want a long list of declined requests on my profile. And that is just a personal dislike, I don’t know that it affects the approval rate or not. I’ll stick with the houses I’ve reviewed for already, and maybe branch out to smaller publishing house divisions. But I will not touch the “big guns” again for at least a year, if ever.
It’s not as though I cannot go out and purchase Harlequin novels myself – and I often do. It’s not that I’m looking for freakin’ free books. It is that I enjoy the various lines at Harlequin and their authors. But, nope, not going to get myself in a hissy-fit any longer.
To be honest, I don’t know if this blog will ever be “big” enough readership-wise for those “big publishing houses”. And I shouldn’t let it bother me so much either. I know this. That damned pride, ya know?
Ah well, I’ll wait them out for a year or two. I can be patient, in spite of these current words. I can be.
So, how long did it take your blogging to reach the point where the larger publishing houses thought your blog worthy of their offerings? Just curious.