Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Books EVERYWHERE

Today's piece of Reading Tub® history: All those books.

When we started writing profiles in the summer of 2003, we started with books on our kids' shelves and the bounty offered by our local library. We were three families, with kids 2 years to 6 years old (three girls, one boy).

By February 2004, authors began to find us. Pretty incredible, now that I think about us ... we weren't exactly focused on SEO. [I didn't even know what that was!] And we trolled along at an even pace.

In June 2005, I sent a short blurb to PMA, The Independent Publishers Marketing Association, and the floodgates opened. Within a month, we went from having about 20 books to more than 150 books. By the end of the year, we had received nearly 400 books! Luckily, our group of family reviewers began to grow, so we had help with reading books and writing profiles.

In 2006, things evened out, but in 2007, we're back to a dizzying pace, and not a day goes by where we don't receive at least one new book!

As we approach our Fourth Anniversary, we currently have written 821 reviews, and have about 235 books on the shelf. And to think, we were SO excited to break 100 reviews just 3 years ago!

5 comments:

  1. I've done book reviews for years. I appreciate constructive literature that pushes people forward with productive ideas, fun, and good reading. You're performing a public service in a world that pays way too much attention to the latest silliness in the headlines.

    Best,
    Yocheved Golani
    Author, It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To
    http://itsmycrisisandillcryifineedto.blogspot.com/

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  2. Wow! That must have been a shock to move from having 20 books a month to more than 150! How lovely that you had enough families who truly cared about books and wanted to be a part of this process. You've done an incredible amount of reviews, helping to bring people's awareness to children's books they might not otherwise have known about. Congratulations on your fourth anniversary.

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  3. That is amazing! Congrats to you!!

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  4. Great work, Terry.

    Your book went out yesterday!

    Lynn

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  5. Congratulations and continued success to you!
    Nan
    www.becklean.wordpress.com

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