1) How do you handle bad reviews?
What bad reviews? Do you know something I dont?
2) What are your criteria for finding book bloggers to send a review copy to?
Er . . . if they seem cool? And/or nice-funny-witty-smart-creative or some other quality that strikes me? Im also easily swayed by pretty graphics and pictures (because Im shallow like that). I dont really have any strict criteria, just whoever or whatever site I happen to like. The only constant is that they have to be professional.
3.) How did you find my blog, as well as others you frequent?
Ive discovered pretty much all the blogs I frequent by drifting around from one site to the next, following different links. And Im proud to say that Book Chic is the very first book blog I stumbled across (via the adorable Stephanie Hale) way back in 2007!! DISENCHANTED PRINCESS had just come out and I was totally clueless about everything. Marketing, promotion, social networkingI actually had to hire someone to set up my myspace account and do the graphics because I couldnt figure it out (and Im not even that old. Really. I swear.). I remember being so in awe of Stephanie because she had all these friends and cool pics on her myspace and was even hosting contests. It was like this big, awesome party you could visit in your pajamas. That was the moment when I first really comprehended the concept of social networking. Up until that point I thought the internet was just for checking e-mail and buying cute clothes I couldnt get here in Arkansas.
And when I saw Book ChicWOW. Not to sound too cheesy, but finding Book Chic was like finding the door to an entirely new world. I had no idea there was this whole online book world I could visit and participate in. I can hardly believe that now, but its true. I also cant believe I was nervous about writing to you, James! Im not sure what I thought might happen. But you were so nice (and funny!). It was a great way to be introduced to the online book review world.
4) Do you have any advice for bloggers writing reviews?
I think, as with most things in life, when writing reviews bloggers would do well to observe the golden rule: Treat others only in ways youre willing to be treated in the same situation. Thats not to say bloggers should only write good reviews, or be scared to offer criticism about a book, just that they should remember there is a tactful and not-so tactful way to say that you dont like something. James does a great job of this, which is one of the reasons I love Book Chic so much! So I guess my other advice would be to read Book Chic for tips! Happy 2 year anniversary!! I look forward to many more!