7 Questions With Book Reviewer Jennie Rosenblum
As a librarian, recommending books is second nature for Jennie. She was and is constantly handing books to people (literally and figuratively) and suggesting that they read.
When she started working from home as an editor, she needed a better outlet to help pass on some great reads. Her tagline says “I read them all so you can read the best” and she means it. Jennie has been blogging her book reviews for almost four years now.
Today Jennie Rosenblum gives us a little insight into her process and how authors can get her attention for a review on her blog Check out Jennie Rosenblum’s site for her full Review Policy and contact page.
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Esther Rabbit: Traditionally published vs. Self-published authors, you’ve had your hands and eyes on several novels from both industries. Does the quality of writing really differ?
Definitely. While the traditionally published book may have a better polish, self-published books usually have a better story. I decided at the start of last year to concentrate on Self Published authors.
The few times I picked up a Traditional I was not impressed even when reading books that supposedly everyone else liked. Sorry, Lincoln in the Bardo – I just did not get you!
Esther Rabbit: Can you make a decent living out of reviewing books or is it along the lines of seemingly professional hobby?
Ha Ha Ha – oh wait, you were serious? I make no money for reviewing books. It is a free service I offer to help support authors. Yes, would I then like the author to check out my services, of course, but there are no strings attached.
The only fee-based review service I have is book tours that I do with two other bloggers and then you are paying for our time to do social media posts and promote your book not the review. In fact, we have refused several book tours because after reading the book we felt we could not promote it.
Esther Rabbit: Many readers/authors would like to know the answer to question – do you have a preference when it comes to genre?
That’s a tough question because I love a good story and great characters so whether the book is set in space 2059 or Europe in 1559 it does not matter if the story is wonderful. That said, I do love a good cozy mystery when my brain needs a break or Non-fiction history when I need a real treat.
But I read everything; I even have a couple of Indie Horror authors that I will read. As I am a scaredy cat that was a leap but I only read them in the day and when someone else is around!
Esther Rabbit: Do authors approach you to read and review their novels? If so, are you open to this approach or would you rather take your pick and review what you consider appropriate?
I enjoy being approached by the author, their spouse, mother, or assistant. The personal touch goes a long way. I once had an author send me a book recommendation through Goodreads – for his book.
He had a line that made me smile – basically you read good books, so you really need to read this one, I hear the author is an up and coming star! I was sold, and I have since read 4 books by this author!
Esther Rabbit: There’s a lot of work behind book reviewing – reading, taking notes, editing your blogs. Can you give us some insight on your life behind the scenes and how you build up towards a successful blog?
I am an organized person. In a previous life I worked in business and as a librarian. Both jobs required that I keep an eye on many tasks. I keep a schedule for my book reviews. When you contact me, and I agree to read your book, I put it on my calendar and let you know an estimate of when I will read it.
I always confirm when I receive a book and again after I have read it. If I decide to blog about the book I also send the author the links and do some social media postings. Even though it does not pay, I treat it like a job.
Esther Rabbit: How did you start book reviewing and what kept you going?
I was working as a children’s librarian in a preschool. The teachers and parents were always asking me about books for them and I started to share what I was reading. The blog was the easiest way to get to a larger group of people and not have to keep repeating myself.
So, I guess I started because I was lazy! And I kept going because of the responses I get from other readers. When someone says I went and got that book and loved it too – my heart soars.
Esther Rabbit: What do your followers appreciate about you?
I do not re-summarize the book. I use the author’s blurb from the book. Authors work hard on that page and I feel no need to redo their work.
Instead, I write highlights and comments. Things I liked or did not and why – or in some cases just say I can’t tell you too much it would ruin the surprise – just read it! I am straight forward and honest.
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