Guide to ARCs; How to Increase Your NetGalley Ratio Quickly

When you're reviewing books on NetGalley, one of the things that matters most is your Feedback Ratio. This is where we get into things like the 80% badge, auto-approvals, and top reviewers. To date, 72 of my NetGalley reviews have been featured and been auto-approved by 12 publishers.  These pieces all play an important role…

Cassandra Clare, Book Pirating, and Bullying

So, BookTwitter is talking about pirating books again (a conversation I'm sure we will continue to have for many years to come). But, instead of it being a conversation solely focused on the discussion of ebook theft, it's also about Cassandra Clare. Book Theft As far as the first part goes, there's a lot to…

I’ve Been Thinking About Self-Published Novels

On the one hand, self-publishing can be great, right? All of those roadblocks to getting your novel out there are removed and suddenly you have this book that you've worked so hard on and people are buying it and reading it. And I'm sure that can feelĀ amazing. But something I've noticed over the years is…

Oh My Lord, Please No

There's got to be something perhaps rudely ironic about the way I titled this post, but I honestly just couldn't help myself with this one. And, frankly, I've never really taken that whole, "don't use 'god's' name in vain" thing very seriously. Let's just say religion in general--and Christianity in specifics--has let me down often…

Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame Doesn’t Get Enough Appreciation

And, understandably so, unfortunately. Every time I'm reminded that this film exists, I'm incredibly sad that it so often gets lambasted. And I do get it. In many ways, this film is pushing the line of being appropriate for children. With central themes of religious extremism, unreasonable persecution, sexual assault (and other heinous acts coming…