I have set a 150 books in a year goal. That breaks down to about 12 books a month. I'm 4 books over in my 150 goal, so yes, I do meet my goal ;)
FTC! The FTC's official stance on bloggers really has to do with endorsements. Basically they want to know what you got in exchange for that review. Because literally I can pay you $100 to write a good review for me. You might not accept it, but Bertha of the Book Bumblers sure will (she has five kids to feed and three cats!). And if you are accepting money to write a review, technically this isn't a review it is an endorsement. The FTC needs to know these kind of things and so does the American Public. Because if you are taking cash money – well I don't think I trust your word on how much you liked the product. Just like I really don't think Kim Kardashian makes a habit of eating at Carl Jr., but she sure as heck endorses them.
The law breaks down to this sentence, “bloggers who make an endorsement must disclose the material connections they share with the seller of the product or service”. Therefor, you have to share what you got in exchange for your review. A book is considered a payment or exchange of goods. You have to disclose that you received that book in exchange for a review. Or the big bad FTC will slap a fine on your petunia.
Second question: Usually not, bloggers create memes for participation purposes, they usually have a rules post, best to read that first. But the common consensus is usually the more the merrier. But it might not hurt to leave a comment and say you are participating.
Third Question: Yes, Waiting on Wednesday is a good one to send out into the universe what books you want. Sometimes it is seen by the author and they just might send you the book for review. This has happened to me on numerous occasions. I can't think of any other ones – but there are sooo many memes. I'm sure my readers might be able to chime in and help with this one.
This is the BEST tutorial on how to do it that I've found: http://1stfloorflatcomputery.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-to-number-your-comments.html
Go to your DASHBOARD. Design. And on your BLOG POST gadget click EDIT
There is a section called REACTIONS – click EDIT next to that reactions part. Write in there what you want them to grade you on, (good, great, excellent, etc) separate each one by a comma. Once you are done, put a check mark next to reactions --- and there you go.
Your blog. Do what you want. Jennifer – it is your blog. If you don't want to accept review copies, by all means, don't accept review copies. You can do whatever it is you want! I've seen blogs out there that only review books they get from the library. Your blog. You make the rules. Your readers will decide if they are interested or not. It is still a review, who cares where you got the book from? A lot of my reviews are from books I PURCHASE. Really.
Galley vs. ARC. A Galley is a book after it has been typeset but before it has been proofread. These usually go to the editor and the author and any other person involved in proofreading. These are generally not distributed for marketing purposes. Yet, recently galleys have been distributed in such fashion. Galleys will generally come out before an ARC. Most of the time you can tell it is a galley because it will have the file name down at the bottom and you will see the registration mark and crop marks:
ARCs or AREs are books that are being privately released for Marketing purposes. ARCs are used to generate buzz before the release date and are the books distributed to choice booksellers and journalist and other authors or celebs for reviews and endorsements. ARCs are a marketing tool - they are not usually used for proofreading, but can differ from the final version of the book. (Hush, Hush had a completely different ending) ARCs usually are printed on a press, but lack a dust jacket or final cover. Some publishers print upwards of 5,000 ARCs for early distribution. Other times ARCs are not in the Marketing plan so very few are printed if any and the publisher can sometimes get you to sign a confidentiality agreement before handing the copy over (Mockingjay), whereas a galley would have to be printed because the book needs to be proofread. I hope this answers your question. And keep in mind each publisher might market books differently and with the inception of book bloggers, Netgalley.com and tools like this, publishers are treating pre-releases differently. Each house writes their own rules and nothing is set in stone.
Now, if you lose a book? You can ask the publisher for another one. Personally I would be embarrassed to ask for another one, unless the publisher was very insistent on a review. If it was an ARC I would purchase a copy on release and review it then...better late than never. Same thing holds true if it was given to you after release.
Now on to the technical stuff:
Go view this youtube.com screencast: http://youtu.be/26K34_gUTXM
Just a picture with a link. Find an icon on the web. There is a great site that offers free icons for download here. And you would just put a link on them. It does require some HTML knowledge, but the bare minimum. You do need to host your icon some where. But, lets say you are using the goodreads icon from the Social Media Icon site (please don't do this though, host it on flickr or picasa etc.):
This is the link for that pic: http://files.softicons.com/download/internet-cons/social-media-icons-by-paul-robert-lloyd/png/24/goodreads.png
Now you would have to wrap it in your link to goodreads, which is this (this is my link):
So the code would look like this:
- The <a href= is the opening tag that is telling the browser that this is a link
- the target="_blank" is telling the browser to open it in a new window
- The <img src= is telling the browser that it is going to show an image and the src is saying where that image is coming from.
- Sometimes browsers put a border around linked images, so I always add border="0" to keep that from happening
- The </a> is telling the browser that this is where the link ends.
- Remember in HTML you always have to wrap the element in " " . If you forget those the code will not work.
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Can't think of any. Maybe they are anti-mobi people?? Or maybe it's just that they already have their site optimized for mobile phones and do not want blogger mucking up their site in their blogger fashion.
You would put it on your business card, a book mark or advertisement. Things like that. For easy access. I think you might be confused as to what it is used for. The QR code really has nothing to do with a mobi site - it just gets you there quicker.
That's it folks. Talk Less. Read More. Happy Thusday.
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