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It's been an interesting year so far. I've lost both my Moms. My mother died in January after a long decline. Soon after, my Mother-in-Law went in for bypass surgery. While her heart healed, other issues zapped her strength and she died April 22.

I may have challenge update posts but I don't know when I'll be posting regularly or when I'll get to visit everyone who is working on the challenges I'm hosting.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Pick Your Thon Mini Challenge

This is not a new idea. Pieces are from experience, others from Bloggiesta.

Getting Your Review Post Ready

Book reviewing is fun but the "paperwork" can be a real drag. I started off with a notebook and a sheet for each book received. That was nice for a while, put it's hard to put an electronic note in a physical notebook.

I'm on the computer....most of the information is on the do I take advantage of this?

Most of the books have been organized (which would be a whole post, or two, by itself) but there was still the pesky stuff needed before a review could be posted. Things like, publisher, ISBN, number of pages.... Stuff that could be gathered ahead of time, stuff I was writing in my notebook, stuff that could be looked up once AND ENTERED INTO A DRAFT POSTING!

I have blogger and am able to schedule posts years in advance. My post is saved as a draft with a far off date so it always shows up at the top. Waiting for me to fill in my thoughts and hit publish.

I wanted a more uniform look to my reviews. I played around with what information I'd like to tell you and how I wanted things to look and started typing.

The post "Thoughts on...title by author" is saved as a draft to be copied and then pasted into a new post for each review. There is a generic picture where the cover goes. A listing of possible labels. The general layout is ready for whatever info I have. I put "Title", formatted how I wanted the title to look with size and color, where I wanted it to go. Don't forget the FTC declaration. It's all ready to go, including reminders to myself.

It is wonderful to be able to fill in my thoughts on a book and hit publish without having to look up publishing details.

The Mini Challenge is this.....

Complete three drafts of books you'll be reviewing
write a post about the experience
(if you already do something similar, tell us what you do to keep on top of your reviews)

Reward? You mean besides the satisfaction of a job well done? ;-) You'll get an extra name in the pot for Book of Choice at The Book Monsters!

I guess it should start off with....Do you have a uniform format for your book reviews? Even if your reviews look different, do you often include the same information? Seeing the draft at the top of my listings is also a great reminder that I haven't gotten the review posted yet.

Now, back to why we do this...

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Amanda said...

Here is my post!

I always use the same format for my reviews. I like things well organized.

Louisa said...

Oh, sounds like fun! Here's my not really so quick post on my review post template:


In accordance to the FTC guidelines, I must state that I make no monetary gains from my reviews or endorsements here on Book Dragon's Lair. All books I review are either borrowed, purchased by me, given as a gift, won in some kind of contest, or received in exchange for an honest review.