Book Blogger Hop: August 26th – September 1st

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, it was relaunched on February 15, 2013 by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict. 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 your own blog.

If you receive a request from an author to read their book and you don’t have time, do you suggest another way to help the author?
(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

This is difficult, because I don’t really get approached by authors at the moment. Most of my review books come from my own requests on NetGalley and such, or books I’ve purchased. Though over at Divination Hollow we do get regular submissions to review arcs, but these get passed out to the team who can then request a copy. When we are taking submissions (now open year round!) for things like Pride, WIHM etc etc, we do also try and encourage people to send us information we can use for spotlights, if they don’t have time to write up a guest post. But mostly, I think a lot of authors who are looking for reviews might only be looking for reviews, and though the majority I have worked with through reviewing, editing, etc have been really great, I’d be hesitant to go back to them with “suggestions” of other things, as sometimes authors don’t react too well when reviewers don’t give them exactly what they want.

Still, spotlights can be fun to put together and do help promote authors, as well as things like guest posts, and I’ve definitely posted spotlights for blog tours in the past when I’ve not had time to read the book.

What about you? Are there ways you help promote authors if you don’t have time to read and review?

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