It’s been a few weeks since I’ve interviewed a reviewer. April kinda got away from me. However, I haven’t given up on this feature. Reviewers are such an important piece of the publishing puzzle and I think they deserve praise and attention. This week, Jazmen from This Girl Reads A Lot is visiting. Without further ado, here’s Jazmen.
- Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jazmen. I’m just a quiet girl that loves books. (I’m more of an observer than a talker.) I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and l hope to one day (soon!) have written at least two New York times bestsellers. You have to dream big, right? I love animals both big and small. I love to listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons over and over because it puts me in such a good mood, and I love Drama shows, especially Pretty Little Liars and Scandal. 🙂
- When and why did you start a blog about books?
I started blogging last year in the summer some time. I started because I live and breathe books. I’ve always been an avid reader but I got to a point in my life where I needed that literary escape even more than usual. So, I started reading even more. I was reading over 5 books a week, and I thought why haven’t I been blogging? It’s something I’ve always wanted to do so it was all about timing, really.
- Do you prefer receiving review requests via a book tour or from the author/publisher?
Honestly, I rather receive the review requests from the author/publisher. It feels more personal and it makes me feel like the author is saying, “Hey I like your “voice” will you read this book for me?” It makes you feel sort of special. Like you were specifically chosen.
- The title of your blog is: This Girl Reads A Lot. How many books do you read per week?
I can read a book a day, so seven. If I wanted to I could probably shoot for more than one book a day.
- Do you have a favorite genre? A genre you refuse to read?
I love Contemporary novels and memoirs. I am into “real” reads. I love fantasy, and paranormal but there’s just a special place in my heart for the “real” story. I really don’t refuse genres but I typically avoid books about witches.
- What common mistakes do authors/publishers make when requesting reviews?
I think it’s less about the review request and more about the time frame. Some authors think you HAVE to review the book within the week that they give it to you or sooner. SOME send emails that are borderline “bullying.” Bloggers DO NOT get paid and that’s not why we do it BUT some authors act as if they’re paying you. Reading is a process and it takes time. SO authors should not feel the need to rush the reader. I understand some bloggers take longer than others but some authors just need to take it easy.
Now that I think about it some review requests don’t include enough information about the book. I think every review request should include the book blurb and a jpeg of the book cover. The proper information saves time and gets your book read faster.
7. What advice can you give an author who is seeking reviews?
Know your audience. Read the blog that your requesting a book to be read on. It would make the process so easy, and it will help you find you a blogger that is passionate about your genre and your novel.
- What was the first book you remember reading? The last book you read?
The Berenstein Bears was the very first book I read. My mother knew I was reader even back then. She said I devoured those books. I just finished reading The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer.
- Besides reading, do you have any other hobbies?
Listening to music, and binge watching series I’ve never seen on Netflix. Oh, and shopping. I love to shop.
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Thanks Jazmen for popping by for a chat today. And if there are any book reviewers reading this, please let me know if you’d be willing to chat. Have a great weekend!