Okay, here’s the deal chickie-dee!
I will link out to your website/blog (free link-love) and send you free brand-spankin new book(s)!
Don’t think its a fair trade/barter? Then, tell me what else you want and I’ll see it we can come to an agreement.
Here’s the thang:
I have over a dozen books sent to me just this past month!
Either by the authors or publicists asking for a review, they find me from multiple lists that I got on when I was actively a book reviewer when during the pre-publication publicity period for my book, I actively ask for review copies when a great book pops up, and being a ‘best-selling author’ attracts tons of publishers who just send me anything having to do with:
- Women entrepreneurs
- Home based entrepreneurs
- Women in business
I actually thought I could read a few while on bed-rest or during my travels…but, like DAH! I’m disabled, and on bed-rest, traveling to go near family because I can’t do what I was able to do before!
Then, now, I have September booked solid trying to clean up one client’s unfinished work…and Yes, it was finalized our FREE PRWeb.com $200 Press Release offer will end September 30, 2007…so, we have tons to do to leave this awesome program with a bang!
So here I am left with this dilemma “how do I prioritize my book reviews?”
Well, sorry to say it’s the paying gigs.
I’m a book reviewer for some publishers that pay me honorary checks of $250 or $300 of their line of books. Oh, and these are all “pre-press” books, so I never turn them down because I have an active Editorial role to pay in their books’ development stage. So it’s truly an “honor” and not a job for me…and this only happens a couple times a year.
Interestingly, I realllllyyyyy wanna read these books.
I wanna “connect” and “network” especially with the authors who contacted me personally…
So Are You Interested in Making Some Unique “Ponn Notes” = “Cliff Notes” in exchange for some link-love?
What really rocks my boat is that I would read ~250 page book a night, at least 4-5 a week…until the past year.
So, deep down inside–I’m saying “I think I can” and my body is saying “No you can Not”.
I even borrowed 3 books so I can read them all in the 12-hour car ride–I barely finished one! [That review will be posted sometime soon…]
Oh, my criteria for some “Ponn Notes”: You have to share lessons learned, thoughts to ponder, activities to work on, resources they refer too. The thing is I *never* just “read” a book. I mark it up, devour it, take notes, I grow from it. Even if its a poorly written book–I remain patient to find the hidden gem which may only be one-sentence from the whole book. I need you to really make me know that I “experienced” the book itself. I’ll post an example soon…
So, this is just one more way I’m “systemitizing” my online business, growing it, and freeing up my time to do what I need to do–not just what I love to do. Meaning: I love to read–but my body can not. So, I need to give in.
I love life & spending it with my girls much more.
So, rather than reading the books I’d like to read…I’m choosing my “special reading time” with my girls read who now read to me rather than the other way around
[Aww–I hafta share this: Our 7 yr. old in the 6 weeks I was in bedrest read over 80+ hours to me mostly–and clocked all those hours for one of her Summer Reading Programs. Our 6 yr-old loves to read aloud…and our 4 year-old narrates her turn every single day. Have I mentioned how much I love homeschooling lately!?…or ever?]
Okay, if you’re interested in reviewing books comment below. If you’re not, and you’re having an “Aha” moment of ‘letting go’ & ‘giving in’ or “systematizing your business”, please share your thoughts below as well. I don’t know if I’m being overly-simplistic in my recent discoveries given my present limitations…or what. What’s your what?