On Review Requests, Wait Times and Health Problems

First off, let me say that I’m flattered so many authors have been contacting me to request reviews for their books.  Not only is it awesome to get free books, it’s always such a great experience working with authors from all kinds of different backgrounds.  This is truly one of the joys of blogging.

However, I’m starting to get to where I have too many requests for my situation.  I won’t be closing requests, but I will be a lot more picky about whose requests I accept.  Don’t follow the guidelines in my review policy and send me a generic email?  Trash.  It’s that simple, even though in the past I would give most authors a second chance.

Also, waiting times are likely to be quite long, currently sitting at 2-3 months for ebooks and two weeks for paperbacks.  There’s a good reason for all this and it’s not my awful procrastination habit either.

I’ve been driving back and forth making eight hour round trips to see various specialists down in the city.  You see, I’ve been suffering from chronic back pain for almost three years now and my symptoms are getting worse.  The pain in my back is more severe, and I’m starting to get pain in my legs, particularly my knees.  Is my condition life threatening?  Not likely, thank goodness.  But does it keep me from doing what I love?  Sometimes.

So far I’ve been lucky enough not to have to make the tough decision to cut back on blogging.  Blogging is one of the few things left to me now that I come home from work and collapse from exhaustion and pain.  I can’t do all of the physical activities I used to, so in some ways I do get more reading done.  However, I also have days where all I can do is sleep because the pain makes it hard to even hold a book.

Therefore you guys probably won’t be seeing as many interviews or giveaways this summer as I have done in the past, but hopefully once I get my diagnosis and get some proper treatment I can get on with my life.


  1. Jemima Pett

    Good luck from me too. Chronic back pain is a real downer. Fortunately mine was a trapped nerve which I rarely suffer from now. Yours sounds more serious, so I hope they find out what and treat it soon. Sending hugs and holding back on the review request!

  2. Jack Flacco

    Your situation sounds painful. Back pain’s never a laughing matter. It’s one of those life altering pains that keeps you up at night and won’t let you go to sleep.

    I have a friend who suffered for a long, long time from neck problems that ran all the way down his spine to his arms and legs. Didn’t know what it was for a long time until last year when his whole left side seized up for months. Yeah, it’s as bad as it sounds. How bad? Left arm went numb from the elbow to the fingertips. He finally got help from a chiropractor in town. Took over a year and he’s doing amazing. His back’s as straight as a board. Pain? Gone.

    He suffered from premature calcification between the vertebrae. In effect, the vertebrae had fused together in his upper neck, which prevented signals from the brain to run across his spine to his limbs. Like I said, he’s doing great now. He caught it in time and the process reversed itself. He showed me his x-rays, pre- and post-therapy, they look pretty incredible. Nothing short of miraculous, really. Anyway, I jabbered on about him.

    I hope you find out what’s going on with the pain and get better. Just thought you could use a pat on the back. No, I wasn’t trying to be punny. Get well soon…


    • Carrie Slager

      “It’s one of those life altering pains that keeps you up at night and won’t let you go to sleep.”

      So, so true. I don’t sleep much anymore, so I read. And when I can’t read because I can’t hold a book, I just listen to music. Although my situation isn’t good, I’m definitely thankful for the simple fact that it could be worse but isn’t. Your friend’s story is terrible, but at the same time amazing. I’ve been to chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, etc. and nothing so far has worked for me.

      Thanks for the kind words.

  3. Author Unpublished

    The wait is totally understandable, and I hope you get some relief for that back soon! I was in a similar situation a few years ago where I had major kidney surgery that didn’t heal right, and went through 3 years of constant kidney pain, so I sort of understand how you feel. I couldn’t even sit down for more than a few minutes at a time, and bending was out of the question. It’s a miserable experience. I hope the doctors get it sorted soon and you’ll be on your way to a quick recovery.

  4. Carla J. Hanna

    Sorry to hear about your back pain. Be sure to keep moving every day regardless – as I’m sure you will. Remember that your blogging is something to do for yourself, first. You are your own boss. No one is ‘entitled’ to your time. Cheers, Carla

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks Carla. 🙂 Blogging is one of the only things left to me now, so it’s therapeutic in a way. I may have to cut back in the future, but for now I’m going to be my usual stubborn self and stick to it. I can’t let the pain win this battle.

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