There really isn’t any special procedure. Just tell me about your book and provide a link to Amazon or Smashwords where I can read a sample. If your description grabs my fancy, I’ll check out the sample. If the sample grabs my fancy, I’ll buy the book. Where the book gets placed in the queue for read and review — which is already pretty long — depends on how hard the fancy has been grabbed, and also how long a book has been in the queue. I don’t like to leave anyone or anything languishing forever — or at all — but my time is finite and the book queue goes forever.
Not a complaint, just the way it is.
I do have a bunch of books on the Kindle that I’m dying to get at. And my reading time consists of about 20 minutes each night before falling asleep. Would that I could do this full-time for a living!
As for sending me a free copy, I always buy the books I review. That helps me keep the perspective of typical readers who lay out cash for our fine work. My reviews are for them as well as for authors. Also, you probably give away enough free books as part of marketing. I think you should be paid.
I have to keep within budgets for time and money also, alas. So I buy a few each week that I can’t resist, and hope to get to others later. If you’ve contacted me, and I haven’t yet bought your book, it doesn’t mean I won’t. Just means I need to get through a few more that I’ve already bought first.
Please know that I look up to all of you who have written novels like a martial arts white belt looks up to the black belts. My own books are a short novel American Goddesses on Amazon, a modest story collection also on Amazon and Smashie and a poetry collection on Smashie.
I so wish I could render you all the honor you deserve, and I am trying my hardest.
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