Because People Ask: Book Acquisition Details
A quick FAQ about all the books I get:
How many books a week do you get sent?
Recently, between 10 and 25 a week.
Why do you get books at all?
Because of the Big Idea feature here, and also because of the “Just Arrived” entries, and also because the site has 40,000+ readers daily and most of them are interested in books, so publicists and publishers think it’s worth the time and effort and postage to send me their stuff. I don’t mind. I like books.
What kind of books do you get?
Mostly science fiction and fantasy (which is no surprise, really), but increasingly I’m also getting, other genres of fiction (YA, romance, lit fic) and some non-fiction as well. I’m happy to get a wide range because, you know. My reading habits are diverse.
Do you read everything you get?
No, and the reason why should be obvious by noting the volume of material I get sent. I don’t have time to read every single thing plus do my own writing. I would say I read one or two books a week fully and flip through a few more casually, usually the Big Idea-featured books that I haven’t already read. I wouldn’t mind being able to read more, but I think people would get annoyed at me, because then my own output would drop to zero.
What do you do with the books you get?
I keep some, and others I give away, either to friends or (after an appropriate amount of time, when it won’t have an impact on initial sales) to the local library, which often uses them for fundraising sales.
Do you sell books or ARCs on eBay or elsewhere?
No. I don’t need the money and I don’t think publishers really want me to sell them anyway.
Why don’t you give away the books you get to your loyal readers?
Because experience teaches me I am terrible at fulfillment on contests; nowadays I do giveaways here only if someone else is responsible for getting the book to a reader (I except the occasional charity auction I do from that, since I’m weirdly more motivated to mail things if money goes to a good cause).
If I come to your house, will you give me books?
No, I’ll set the dog on you and/or use you for archery practice.
Heh. You’re joking, right?
Yeah, not really. Random visits to the house = not cool.
I’m a publisher/publicist/editor/author. Can I send you a book too?
Sure. My publicity guidelines are here.