A: Uh...like...too many? Honestly, I lost track about 3 years ago. But...probably 2,000-ish. I used to have a real problem with getting rid of books, but I'm working on it. A TON have gone to libraries in the past two years, which makes it easier to let go. The fact that I have a hard time accepting is that I will never have enough time read everything, but I like to keep deluding myself.
A: Never. Okay, not never. But only when I'm desperate.
A: No clue. No, I'm completely seriously. I have no idea how that works, and even if I did, I suspect the policies vary from publishing house to publishing house. No one has ever divulged to me why they send me books. They just kind of appear and I'm left scratching my head, wondering how on earth my address was even gotten.
So I guess the only way is to just blog and blog and read and blog some more. I truly believe that if you are passionate about the books, creative in your approach to blogging, and continually do all you can to support YA authors and their books, people will notice. But getting on mailing lists shouldn't be your goal. It doesn't really matter who reads what first. Eventually the book will come out and you can get it at the store/library.
A; I don't respond to such comments unless there has been some kind of misunderstanding to precipitate such a response, and then my reaction is limited to clarification. In an ideal world, everyone would be respectful and nice, even if they didn't like something, and everyone would respect each each other. I don't live in an ideal world, but this is my corner of the internet, so that's what I roll with.
A: No, I did not! I will look it up. Though I defy anyone to play Maxim as well as Laurence Olivier.
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