The January Project evolved from a desire to reduce my “To Be Read” pile. Initially, I intended to only read books by authors I have met face to face and from whom I’ve received a free book. Then I decided that was arrogant, and potentially friendship ending if I didn’t like the work a person produced. I decided to expand my list of authors to those I have gotten to know online and include books I’ve purchased as well.
My brain agonized over the point of this project. Should it simply be to free up space on my bookshelf or should I incorporate a higher purpose? Why have I received so many books in the first place? Easy – REVIEWS.
When an author or the publisher provides you with a free copy of a book, whether at an industry event or through an on-line giveaway, a sale is lost in hopes of gaining more. Since fewer of us peruse the physical aisles of bookstores, a splashy cover is no longer enough. For a book to become visible to readers, it needs reviews and buzz.
I offer the January Project as a way to help my fellow authors.
Here are the guidelines under which I will operate:
1. I will work from my existing to be read pile.
2. I will prioritize works with less than fifty reviews on Amazon or Goodreads.
3. I will step outside my reading comfort zone since I have met a number of authors who write erotica, a genre I don’t read.
4. If a book triggers one of my personal “hot button issues,” I won’t review it because I cannot give a fair and honest review.
5. I will try to note when I received a free copy. None of the books will be advanced review copies.
6. I will include publications of all lengths.
7. I may make an exception for audio books. Although my library has several from authors I have met, there is no guarantee of availability during the duration of this project.
8. I will post reviews on my site and major review sites.
If you wish to join me (Lyra), please reblog. If I’m clever enough, I add you to my blog role or linked sites or something like that.