Hey everyone! Just letting you know, I’m taking a quick break from my normal Mental Health Monday posts. I’ve been feeling a little bit uninspired with them, and so I thought it would be good to have some time away to think. So, for now, Mondays will be for some discussions! Today, I’m going to be talking about Edelweiss, including why I’m suddenly trying it out, and how I’ve structured my requests.
So, me and my fiancee are moving soon! We currently live near Birmingham in the UK, and we’re moving closer to London. (I’m sure I will be blogging about the enormous pain in the ass it is to move 100+ books across the country). This means that I’ve been going through my books and selling/giving away the ones that I am no longer interested in. This ALSO means that I am trying to not buy more physical books.
With it being May, and therefore BOOK SEASON, this is proving a bit difficult. There are a lot of books coming out/have just come out that I really want physical copies of. This is both for blogging reasons (I want to take pictures of them) and because I really want to continue to expand my library. I’m not wanting to use Kindle as much because a) it supports the Hellsite and b) because new releases on Kindle are sometimes just as expensive as physical copies.
So! I’m trying to get more digital ARCs. I do have a fair few from Netgalley that I am working through, but I thought I would give Edelweiss a go because they have more of the books that I definitely know that I want to read. I find Netgalley (at least the UK version of the site) to have a lot of books that I’m mildly interested in, rather than OMG NEED TO READ NOW books.
However, I’ve never really used Edelweiss before. I did read a couple of advice posts about it, including this post by Bookdragonism and this post by The Book Prescription. They were really helpful, and I sort-of based my requests in particular on their advice. So, this is what my Edelweiss stuff looks like:
I am a blogger who focuses on diverse fiction, particularly YA contemporary that features queer, mentally ill, or fat protagonists. Some of my favourite authors include Becky Albertalli, Julie Murphy, and Jen Wilde. Feminist nonfiction such as Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, and esoteric nonfiction (such as Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty) also greatly appeal to me.
I have over 1000 Twitter followers, and my blog receives over 1000 hits per month, with over 950 followers. I have been blogging for over three years, and tend to post three times a week. At least one of these posts will be a book review. I have also written freelance reviews for Fictionist Magazine, Bookshelf Magazine, Mookychick and The F Word.
I wanted to include stats because I know that publishers find them helpful and important. I work in marketing – I know that publishers are going to look at these and extrapolate how many new readers/sales a review from me could potentially create. I also included some of the other places I’ve reviewed for other than my blog, as well as the kinds of books that I tend to read.
So I’ve been requesting a couple of books – here is my request template for Let’s Call It A Doomsday:
I am requesting a review copy of ‘Let’s Call It a Doomsday’ by Katie Henry because I am a huge fan of the author (I follow her on Twitter) and I believe that this is a book that I will love – in my post about top 5 mental health books coming out in 2019, I mentioned this book! (https://whatthelog.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/top-5-recommendation-2019-mental-health-releases/)
Other titles from Harper Collins Childrens Books that I have read and enjoyed include ‘The Graveyard Book’ and ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’. Other YA titles about mental health and queerness that I have recently loved include ‘Darius the Great is Not Okay’ and ‘History Is All You Left Me’.
If I was to receive a review copy of ‘Let’s Call it a Doomsday’ I would write a review of it and share it to all of my social media platforms.
I actually forgot to mention that I also write about mental health/have mental health conditions myself. I definitely wouldn’t be against including that, should I send my request again. So far all of my requests are still ‘pending’, but I’m crossing my fingers that I’m going to be accepted for at least one book.
What do you think? Do you have any tips for using Edelweiss? Should I tweak my blog or my request template? Let me know!