Hey there Bookwyrms! Its Friday and that means *drum roll* It’s time for … Meet the #Bookstagrammer, #Blogger & #Bookshark!
Without further adieu, let’s put our hands together for my next guest!!
Name & @handle: Erin Decker McDowell @bibliophileprints
Erin’s a #bookstagrammer #Blogger & #BookShark
City: Bryan, TX
Favorite Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Who are some of your favorite OTPs (one true pairing)?
Oh man, this is always a hard question. Harry and Ginny (Harry Potter), Feyre and Rhysand (ACOTAR series), and Kady and Ezra (Illuminae Files)
Interviewer Interruption: Yay! A fellow SJM lover, at least for ACOTAR, Feysand = 💜
What are your thoughts on the process of receiving ARCs/E-ARCs?
I think the process is fairly fair for the most part. There are bloggers and influencers who get priority because they have a wider audience or more reach than others. Priority is also given to those who influence the book industry in other ways as well – like librarians. I am a librarian and I receive ARCs for that purpose solely. I also review them on my blog and goodreads and Amazon, but I don’t mention that to publishers. I mention the committees I sit on and the number of schools/libraries that participate in the reading programs that I am a part of. Printed ARCs are more expensive to produce than a finished published copy because less are made, so publishers and authors HAVE to pick and choose who they send them to. E-ARCs are easier to produce, but if EVERYONE got one, then who would they sell the published copy to? Authors have to make money, so they cannot give away their ARCs to every reader. ARCs are for early reviews and to increase exposure and hype for preorders. I am in full support of the system the way it currently is. If people want ARCs, work on your reviewing skills and increasing your audience. Take constructive criticism on your content.
Interviewer Interruption: Well said.
What genre interests you the least? Why?
Science fiction and non-fiction. These two subjects tend to be not as light for me and require more focus and more time. Since I am constantly reviewing for authors, tour groups, and publishers, I tend to stick to fast and easy reads when I pick something up that is just for me.
Who are your 3 auto-buy authors? List a favorite book from each.
Sarah Beth Durst – Spark
Sarah Dessen – Just Listen
Ruta Sepetys – The Fountains of Silence (releases in October, a MUST READ)
What is the last book you gave a 5-star rating to?
Book Love by Debbie Tung which is a comic book about book lovers. So cute and accurate. I have never felt so seen!
Thank you for allowing us to get to know you Erin! I appreciate your perspective on receiving ARCs and absolutely adore your reviews.
Check out Erin’s photos and book blog by clicking down below!