As instructed by Debra Hamel, I’m drawing attention to Buy a Friend a Book competition. Having read about 10 posts making this announcement already, and given Petrona’s small (but exclusive!)reader base, I don’t think this will be news to anyone reading this post, but I always do what Debra tells me! And it is a great enterprise. I laughed out loud when I first saw the BAFAB blog, which calls itself "the site that encourages visitors to buy books for no good reason". I need the opposite, a site that puts the brake on, before my children have to move out to live in a tent in the garden. However, it is a great enterprise and all contest-lovers should be sure to take on board the instructions at the link, so you can do the rounds of various familiar friends’ blogs in the first week of July and do the puzzles posted there. And the winner gets — lots of books! Can’t wait. Thank you so much Debra and gang, for organising all of this.
You’ve read about struggling writers not being published, and about struggling readers with far too many books to choose from — well here is a new one on me — a book reviewer who isn’t being sent books to review, even though the New York Times prominently features quotes from his reviews in its book advertisements. David Montgomery of the blog Crime Fiction Dossier is a very good book reviewer, and invented the blurb machine. What are you playing at, publishers? Send him some books!