Sunday, August 8, 2010
Happy Sunday everyone! Right now I'm in the middle of Purgatorio for Richard's Dante read-along. It'll be a bit late but I'll have my post up early this week. Once I get that done I'll finally have all my reading commitments out of the way and will be able to focus on Karen Tei Yamashita's 640-page I Hotel, which I have to review for The Front Table.
In other news, I have joined Book Blogs. Basically, it's like Facebook but for book bloggers. You can join groups (there's even one for Translated Literature), friend people, give "gifts," customize your page, and add applications. You can also exchange books, get caught up on all the latest giveaways, get in touch with authors and publicists, and just generally introduce your blog to a bigger audience. I do hope other people join me. There are a lot of members and they've been very friendly but there's no one I know.
I have also joined an affiliate program from IndieBound, a web community that promotes independent bookstores. (I'll have to update my FTC disclaimer.) What I do is link to books I mention through indie bookstores. If someone buys the book after using my link, I get a commission. It's pretty simple and it seemed like a great way to monetize my blog without getting those ugly Google ads. I don't expect to make much but it's nice to have a little something extra. I wonder if it's ethical to post reviews on Amazon now as long as I never link to them or promote them in any way? The Affiliate Agreement didn't mention anything about that.
So that's me for this week. How have you been?
And now for your weekly link round-up:
Amazing Voice: 7-Year-Old Gospel Singer Belts Whitney And Celine Songs
"Evil Be Thou My Good" (Improbable crossovers: the reason fan fiction exists.)
Hark, a vagrant: 263
Once more with feeling: sexual harassment is not a compliment
"Seven" and "Eighteen" (Fan fiction that had to be written.)
Women Debate The "Chick Lit" Label