1.  How do you review books so quickly?

I write my reviews ahead of time and carefully plan which review will be posted on any given day.  As for actually getting the reading done, outside of work I have very few other responsibilities so I have the time for it.  It helps that I can read around 100 pages an hour on average and that my typing speed is around 80wpm.  Another part of it is actually making time for reading and reviewing; setting away some time in my days to sit down and read or sit down and write a couple of book reviews.  It’s more determination than anything.

2.  Do you make money by recommending books?

No, I don’t.  I link to Amazon and Barnes and Noble because they are two of the busiest, most reliable book sellers online.  I am also in no way profiting from recommending the books of indie, self-published or traditionally published authors.  Which is why you can expect that when I recommend a book, I really did like it.

3.  Will you run ads on your site?

The answer is totally, unequivocally, no.  Aside from the very few that WordPress runs (because I haven’t paid to take them off), I will not ever run ads on my blog.  I don’t want to make money from this; I just truly enjoy book reviewing.  So if you’re going to solicit me to run ads, don’t even bother.  Askimet picks up your comments and I delete them without a second thought.  Oh, and trying to get me to ‘exchange links’ with something like a hair loss site?  Yeah, you obviously haven’t read my blog and have no idea who my audience is.

4.  Do you accept guest posts?

See The Mad Reviewer is Now Accepting Guest Posts.

5.  Are you currently accepting book review requests?

No.  Anyone sending me unsolicited review requests during this period will be banned from my blog in perpetuity per the policy I instituted last time I closed requests.


    • Carrie Slager

      Haha, that’s very true. But the bots and the humans that are paid going around and trying to get me to advertise are annoying. I doubt this will dissuade any of them (seeing as they don’t actually read my site), but it’s just nice to put out there.

  1. maggiemyklebust

    Hi Carrie,

    My name is Maggie, I have recently had my memoir ‘Fly Away home’ published in the Netherlands. I’m American but live in Norway and can’t seem to get my book noticed at home in my own country. It is available on Amazon. I’m going to e-mail you a copy and I hope you’ll review it, I promise its not your typical memoir…

    Thanks for your time and I look forward in hearing from you.
    [Link removed because your name is already linked to your site. –CS]

    • Carrie Slager

      Hello Maggie,

      Your memoir does indeed look interesting, but I am predominantly a YA book reviewer. It looks like it can be read by teens, though so I will review it.

      Thank you for your offer.


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  3. bookloverbabbles

    Hi there! My name is Aya, and I am a fellow book blogger. I was wondering if you’d be interested in participating in a small project that I am doing. I wanted to ask a bunch of bloggers (49, to be exact :p), to give me one of their favorite book quotes. I’m going to compile them all in one post and then post it on my blog on the 22nd of this month. It’d be fantastic if you would be a part of this. Just let me know by this Wednesday please, so that I have plenty of time to compile and/or ask someone else. Thank you!

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