They Like Me! (or not…) ~ Sunday Spotlight by Brandilyn

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The Like Me! (or not…):

Just a reminder, because it has come up a few times recently.  Here is how we work, logistically, at Prism Book Allaince®.

Reviews

If you request a review with Prism Book Alliance — or likely any other review blog — we make every effort to get to your title. HOWEVER, at any one point, we have 300-400 titles from which to choose. On a full week, we post 34 reviews, not counting Retro Reads spotlight titles. We feature 1 author a week for Retro Reads.

I keep all requests “active” for choosing by the team for a period of 1 month from the request.  After 1 month, they move to a “past requests” spreadsheet, where the team can still see the request, but it isn’t considered “Active” and the reviewers aren’t required to peruse that list.  If a book is sent for review without the blog specifically requesting it, it is treated as a regular request and will expire from active status after a month.

If we have responded to a request for review, we strive to have it completed within 1 month of receiving the review copy. Sometimes that will extend out for a number of reasons.  Most commonly it is just becuase life happens.  Remember, reviewing is not a paid position.  Real life comes first. Sometimes a book doesn’t work for a reviewer. Sometimes their schedule doesn’t allow them to read a book they chose. Sometimes the headspace is just never right.  If they can’t get at least 50% through a book, we offer that title a “second chance” for review within the team.

In those instances, I give the titles 2 months for another review to pick up said book for review. If it isn’t picked up again within that time, I will return the book to the publisher/author.  That starts the 1 month clock over.

We want the right reviewer reviewing your story. For instance, if a Dark, BDSM, menage were sitting in our queue and I, personally, had bandwidth for that length book, I would still pass. It isn’t my sub-genre. I wouldn’t be able to do the review justice.

This is not a reflection on how much we “like” you. It isn’t a reflection of your worth as an author. It is a reflection of the fact that we have 400 books a month and only room for reviews of about 1/4 of those.

Blog Tours/Guest Posts/Interviews

We only have room for 5 guest posts/interviews a week. If we have to say “no” to a blog tour or guest spot, it isn’t a reflection on you. It isn’t because we don’t want to work with you. It is because we have 10 spaces and we fill up 4-8 weeks in advance.

Also, if the only way you called for participants on a blog tour is through a post on Facebook, chances are I never saw it.

If you want to be on Prism Book Alliance, Contact Us! It is that simple.  I will let you know what is available.  We are currently booking January 2016 and beyond.  We work with a number of the Blog Tour companies and publishers out there, but we don’t know about all of them.  It is also possible that we could just miss a call for participation.

Schedule

Want to know when to expect a certain type of post?  Well here you go (all times CST/CDT)

During the Week:

Saturday:

Sundays:

Mythbusting

  • We don’t play favorites.
  • We don’t restrict reviews to M/M Romance. Anything on the LGBTQ+ spectrum will be considered.
  • We don’t restrict reviews and guests to more “known” authors.
  • We love working with lesser known authors.
  • We love reading new-to-us authors. I, personally, have found so many new favorites this way it is unreal.
  • We love giving authors a chance, even when they haven’t impressed us in the past. I have seen some authors grow from a 2* review to a must read.
  • We don’t have to love your book to have you as a guest on the blog.
  • We don’t tell our readers what to think. We give them information and let them decide for themselves.
  • We value freedom of speech and agree to disagree.
  • We love and value the opinions of both readers and authors. There is no such thing as “just a reader” at Prism Book Alliance®.  As a matter of fact, we have a Suggestion Box for readers and authors alike to chime in on what they want to see here on PBA.

These past few months I had to let a lot of things slide that I would normally not have. More than once, I had to completely dump my review queue because it just got to be too much with everything else going on in my life. I had to return some books I had been looking forward to for ages because I just couldn’t read them. I couldn’t find the headspace to review them. I again, thank you all for your patience with the Prism team this year.

If you want to be on PBA, let us know.  If you want us to review your book, let us know.  Don’t make assumptions, please.  If you want to know more, check out the Review Policies and Submission Guide.  If you want to advertise on PBA, ask!

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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