The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
Are you able to choose your favorite books?
(submitted by Julie @ Stepping Stone Book Reviews)
I’ll be honest – I’m not sure exactly what this question is asking. Every book I choose, whether requesting an ARC, taking advantage of a widget, purchasing, or borrowing from the library are all books that I think have the potential of becoming a favorite.
The only exception is possibly blog tour books. Some of them have been favorites, but I do occasionally agree to participate in a tour to be helpful knowing that the book won’t likely be one I enjoy.
I have a pretty good record on NetGalley getting approved for books that I really want (other than Berkley books, but I haven’t seen any of theirs that I just had to have). I think that’s because of my profile. I do update it often and make sure to share stats in a way that puts more emphasis on the numbers that are more impressive. I even calculate growth quarterly and annually and share that info as well. Also, in my profile, I share a list of authors I enjoy over and above what I’ve read on NetGalley, to give them a good idea of what I like. Lastly, I explain my blog schedule, including the memes, emphasizing what that will mean for exposure regarding their books. I always keep in mind that ARC approvals are part of a publisher’s marketing campaign, so I focus on how I can help them in regards to getting the book exposure as well as my philosophy on book reviews.
Of the 400 books I requested over the last few years, I’ve been approved for 375 of them and of the ones that declined, most of those were in the beginning (plus I still have 3 books pending approval). That means my approval rating is around 95%. So, I guess that would translate to: with NetGalley, I have a 95% chance to get my favorite books and, with buying, I have a 100% chance.
Are you able to choose your favorite books? What do you think this prompt is asking specifically?