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.
If you receive a request from an author to read his/her book and you don’t have time, do you suggest another way to help the author?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)
I do alternate posts for blog tours if my schedule is full, but I haven’t yet for individual requests. I read a few chapters of individual request books, and I need to like the sample (which is more about writing and editing quality) before I would ever consider spotlighting a book. I’ll be honest, only a small few have stacked up to my standards.
I do make sure I have reasons I can express to the author if they ask why I didn’t do my kind of post for their book but I feel like that by doing any kind of spotlight post is reflecting that it is at least a book I would consider reading. I wouldn’t even consider a book with a sample that I found the writing/editing quality to be filled with technical issues.
When I do an alternate post, I prefer to post an excerpt because that gives everyone a chance to sample the book for themselves. Other than that I like author interviews. I have posted a few straight spotlights, but that is not my preferred way to showcase a book.