How Too Many ARCs Can Lead To Blogging Burnout

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Advance Reader Copies (ARCs), they are unpublished copies of books that are given out by publishers and authors to create pre-release buzz for a book. It’s a great marketing tactic and is also an added benefit for bloggers. BUT and this is a big but…. What do you do when you have more than your share of ARCs to review in a given month and not enough time to read them?

I’m sure some people think my long absence from blogging had to do with the release of my first novel. I can assure you that is not what caused my blogging burnout. I was already worn down prior to my decision to publish. The mountain of books I had to read and review combined with the release was beyond stressful, and I ultimately chose to focus on one thing over the other. While writing, marketing, and working on my novels took up a lot of my time, that is not the primary reason for my absence. By the time Thanksgiving hit, I had so many ARCs, both physical and ebook, to review that I was overwhelmed. It literally gave me anxiety because I was trying to figure out how I would find the time to read every single book by the pub date.

I am that blogger, the one who wants to do everything in their power to help out another author. I became a blogger for two reasons: to meet other bookish people who like to talk about books and to help promote authors I love. I accomplished both of these things through blogging and met some amazing people along the way who I am proud to call my friends. At the time I started my blog, I had no plans to publish my books. They were manuscripts just sitting on my computer that I was too afraid to shop out because I didn’t feel like putting the time into looking for an agent.

I became a book blogger not only because I love books but because I love promoting authors. I really do. And indie authors have always been my favorite to promote, and that was long before I became an indie author.

Books are supposed to make you happy NOT give you anxiety. I was going through my blog planner, NetGalley, Penguin First to Read, my bookshelf, my email, and my Kindle, and I literally could not breathe after thinking about how many books I had agreed to review. I kept thinking about how the authors and publishers were relying on bloggers to promote and review these books, and I gave myself migraines every day until I made the decision to take a step back and focus on something else.

Now, I know you’re thinking I shouldn’t have requested all those books. Some of them I did not even request. They were mailed to me by the publisher or showed up in my NetGalley queue as an auto-approval. I didn’t even know books could just show up in my queue until it happened, and then I was like wait, I don’t have time to read this book. Add to the list the indie books I had agreed to read and the pile of books was honestly too much for me to stomach.

Luckily, I received books that were 4-6 months ahead of the pub date so I can catch up on them now. I have a lot of reviews coming up in the next month. I’m also catching up on all the books all of you told me to read. I thought I’d share this bit of information so you don’t end up burning yourself out. I love blogging and talking to everyone, which is why I stayed connected on Facebook and Twitter while I was on hiatus. I may not always have the time to visit everyone’s blog, and I do try my best to visit the blogs who comment, but I do value your friendships and support. I just thought you should know that.

For those of you who have followed me over the past year, you know I give it to you straight. This is me keeping it real. I’m working on reviews and posts for the blog, and I am now getting back into the swing of things. I promise the blog you once followed is coming back to life. Again, thank you for your continued support of my blog and my writing. You have no idea how much I appreciate your tweets, messages, and posts. Thank you!

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH BLOGGER BURNOUT? What do you do or have you done to avoid a hiatus?

Talk to me, peeps!

XO,

Jill

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116 thoughts on “How Too Many ARCs Can Lead To Blogging Burnout

  1. YES!!!! This is the truest post ever, I feel like that’s how I am right now, just burned out! I get in the mood by reading a couple great books but no matter what, lately I just can’t stick to it! Right now, I’m just reading what I want to read and not really accepting any ARCs, unless it’s from a favorite author, like you! Thanks for this post girl, can totally relate!

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    1. Thanks, girl! 🙂 I’m glad you’re still open to my books. 😘 You’re the best! ❤ I thought I didn’t like fantasy anymore. That’s how bad it was getting before the holidays. I was literally marking every fantasy ARC DNF because I couldn’t get through them. I’m now going back to the books I did that with and loving them. I really think I needed that break because it was throwing me into a massive slump, leaving me with nothing to review on my blog. You’re doing it right by only reading what you want. Good call. I’m closed to submissions for a very long time. I just can’t agree to read anymore until I’m all caught up and back to normal. 🙂

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  2. Very helpful post. I’m pretty new to blogging…only about 4 months but I can see how this can happen, especially with Netgalley requests. I’m pretty good about saying no to review requests if it’s not something I feel I can get behind and enjoy 100%. I don’t think it’s fair to the author or myself to agree to review something I don’t feel confident I’m going to like. Good luck with catching up on your reviews and much success to you on the release of your new book!!

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    1. I only have a handful of NG books left but it’s crazy how fast they all add up once you have physical and ebook copies. I completely agree. Sometimes books just show up and I feel so overwhelmed like I have to read them that second. lol I don’t request or accept books that are outside my preferred genres, but when they start to add up, it’s too much. Thank you! 🙂

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  3. Ugh, yes! I am very careful about what I request because I’m so worried about getting overwhelmed. I can’t imagine just RECEIVING books I didn’t request. That would stress me out, but at the same time I’d feel less pressure since they just sent it to you without approval… But I can’t imagine that kind of stress. Talk about taking the fun out of reading!

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    1. I thought I was being careful until I listed all the books I had to review and their pub dates in my planner. It’s pretty cool when you receive random books, but it’s also very stressful. I put pressure on myself to read them and that definitely takes the fun out of reading for me.

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  4. Yep I know the feeling, I even had stress in 2016 with the list of books I still had to read. I tried to control it by staying clear from Netgalley even though there were books that I really wanted to read. That pile slowly diminished and I also started saying no to indie authors who found me. I had a plan to start reading my own books, the ones I had before I started blogging, in 2017 but so far I have not started on any of them yet. I’m getting more physical copies lately (when I see a chance there I just can’t resist asking) but that may be a temporary thing. I seem to have exchanged one habit for another so I hope I can learn to resist soon :-).

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    1. I feel the same way about physical copies. There’s something about a physical ARC from a publisher that you don’t want to turn down. I only had about 6 NG books at the time but when I added up Penguin, email, books already on my Kindle, and physical copies I was drowning in books with too many deadlines on top of each other. I’m the same way. I have so many books I own that I haven’t read because of ARCs. I’m working on finding a balance now and I’m finally enjoying reading again. It was very draining before.

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  5. Luckily I’m not auto-approved by any publisher but I Try to do Buddy reads at The Challenge Factory as well as some challenges to make me work through them.

    I do resent not being able to “spontaneously” chose a book. I have what I call a monthly Starter plan which is arranged by due dates.

    I do perform acts of reading rebellion monthly 🙂

    Goodluck and pace yourself and learn to say NO!
    A nooggern friend said that $7.99 book doesn’t mean my life stops.

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    1. I’m not familiar with The Challenge Factory. I’ll have to look into it. I do buddy reads with some of my friends. I just did one of Caraval and that got me out of my slump. I’ve been reading non-stop ever since. I used to do the same thing where I’d write down all the pub dates and read them in order to stay on track. It became way too stressful. Thank you! 🙂 Yes, I will say no in the future.

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  6. Oh my word! I don’t think I have ever read a post that I can relate to so much! I’m going through the stressful time at the moment (and am actually massively behind on some of the publication dates!). I haven’t read something that I want to read/re-read for months because I feel like I should just be focusing on the ARC’s. I feel so guilty for the ones that I miss the publication date (will definitely still review and hope that someone reads the review and checks out the author even if I’m late!) and no idea how to catch up with myself.

    Thank you so much for putting it into words and making us all aware that this isn’t just something that affects one book blogger, it gets to us all! It really was great reading this post! And congratulations on being published 🙂 I look forward to see what you have coming up!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I feel like ARCs are probably responsible for a lot of blogger burnout. And then we see bloggers just disappearing one at a time and wonder where they went. I never thought I’d be gone as long as I was until I couldn’t get back into it. Blogging takes up so much time that I plan to budget a certain amount for writing, blogging, and personal time. There were some days I responded to so many blog comments that I had no time for myself or even to read a book. That led to even more pile up of deadlines.

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      1. At least all those comments show what an amazing blogger you are – I don’t have that problem, haha! I’ve just realised I’ve got a post going out this week about trying to get my buzz back! People don’t realise it’s not just about writing the posts/reviews, but actually reading/watching etc to have those reviews to write! I really loved reading your post – it put into words everything I was feeling!

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        1. Aww, thank you! 🙂 I’m very grateful for all the friends I’ve made through blogging. Yeah, exactly. I don’t think a lot of people understand how hard blogging is until they start a blog. It’s such a huge time commitment. Thanks! I’m so glad you like this post. When I wrote it, I was wondering if anyone would even read it. lol

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  7. I understand your feeling. I try never to ask for too many ARCs – I guess in a way I”m lucky to be living in Europe since I get no physical ARCs and refused for a lot of things haha, for once the international thing has one perk. It quickly gets overwhelming when you have so many things to read. It can build up so many pressure, and lead to burn-outs both in the reading and blogging side of this.
    To be honest, I never avoided an hiatus – I took a couple of hiatuses because I went away, but I really think it’d do better harm than good to force ourselves to read, or blog, if we’re not into it – we might just end up hating the whole process haha.
    I hope to see more of your posts soon, Jill! 🙂

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    1. lol That’s one way of looking at it. 😉 It does get super overwhelming when you have too many books to review. I started equating blogging to a vampire because it was literally sucking the life out of me. Totally agree. A hiatus is better than not coming back. I couldn’t get into the books I had to read and that just killed my whole mojo. I was sitting in front of the computer and staring at an open WordPress post like what do I write and it was making me anxious. I get the same way when I can’t write fiction and then need to shift gears to something else to take my mind off it. Thanks, Marie! 😘

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      1. Haha well that’s a pretty fair comparison, I tend to think that as well – I spend SO much time blogging that it’s such a massive part of my life, it feels like…it’s my life and that’s it on some days ahah 🙂
        You’re welcome! I’m happy to see you writing blog posts again!

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        1. That’s how I started feeling. It actually led to a lot of fights with my ex and well, we’re not together anymore because of it. Lol Thanks, Marie! 🙂 I’m happy to be back. I don’t feel so stressed anymore. It’s a good feeling.

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          1. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that – but to be honest, blogging is a passion and if he couldn’t understand that, you’re better off without him for sure 🙂 I’m glad to hear it, and I’ll be looking forward to all of your posts again 🙂

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  8. I have been reviewing and blogging for many years now and it is like I have an addiction to Netgalley. I have so many ARCs to read that I have to squeeze in time to read the books I’ve purchased because I have really wanted to read them. I need to stop requesting and accepting ARCs for a bit. That’s one of my goals for 2017.

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    1. I’m reading books I bought and it’s really helping me get out of the funk ARCs had put me in. I wasn’t enjoying the books because I felt pressured to read and review and that killed blogging for me. That’s also one of my goals as well. I need to find a balance of ARCs and books I own. We can do it! 🙂

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  9. I remember it all felt too much for me last August. I was at a low point and feeling I just couldn’t cope with reviews and deadlines and commenting on everyone’s blogs so I took ten days off and only kept reading as a friend. I was even barely available on Twitter. But when I came back the mojo did the same and I learned from my mistakes. Now I say no to requests, I try not to go on NG too much, I visit blogs when I can, and if a slump comes back, I’ll allow myself to step away for a while.
    So happy to see a talented blogger and fantastic friend back on the blogosphere! xxx

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    1. I remember when you were feeling that way. It started around the same time for me and I kept forcing myself to keep going and that led to the burnout. There was no reason I couldn’t squeeze in a post or two while working on my books, but I literally had nothing to write because my brain was fried. You know what’s crazy? I got a book sent right to my NG account while I was on hiatus and was like what the hell? It’s a book I’d read but still I didn’t ask for it and didn’t have time to read it by the pub date. I feel guilty when I don’t have the time to read and review. Yes, I am back, baby! 😘 I’ll be around to bug the blogosphere. Lol

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  10. I’ve never really gotten burnt out, just uninspired for a little while. Even though I wasn’t blogging, I still remained active in the community. I really don’t have a problem with ARCS either. It’s also good to have a review policy.

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    1. I wish it was just uninspired. I was completely burned out and not sure if I could continue blogging. I still talked to my friends so I was involved in that respect, but I even removed the WP from my phone I was just so not feeling it for so long. I’ve had a review policy from the start I just received too many ARCs at one time.

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  11. I feel your pain, Jill… I feel your pain. Of course, you know I’m still semi-new to blogging… I mean, I just started in August… and I was so excited to sign up for NetGalley etc, that I ended up falling into the big hole I dug by requesting so many books (at first I think I just wanted to see if I could get approved!). Obviously that caused a big of burnout and reading slump. But… I’ve definitely learned my lesson. And I made a new rule for myself. When I get caught up, I will not have more than 3 books on my NetGalley shelf at a time. I think (or at least I’m hoping) this new rule of mine will help keep me in line and not get so overwhelmed and stressed out. Reading is supposed to be fun!! Not stressful!!!

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    1. Totally agree, Megan! 🙂 It’s so easy to get into that ARC hole you can’t dig yourself out of. I did the same thing when I first started blogging and ended up in a massive slump. This one was far worse. Back then I wrote discussion posts instead of reviews to keep active but I literally lost all desire I was so slumping. I thought I was mostly caught up until surprise bookmail started showing up and I was like oh wow how will I read all of these? I’m definitely not accepting any books unless I’m really into them for now on. I think I was at around 2-3 books on NG when these auto-approvals popped up along with physical copies. I know that’s probably most bloggers dream and I was super pumped, but it also led to my blogging funk. 😂 Yes, totally. Reading should not make you stressed out. I’ll never allow myself to do that again.

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    1. I’m doing the same thing for now on. Review copies add way too much pressure to my life and take the fun out of reading. I’m such a mood reader. If I don’t want to read fantasy one month and have all fantasy ARCs, that’s a problem and that’s exactly what happened with me. I DNF literally every one I read and then didn’t even pick up another book for weeks. 😂

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    1. Hi! Thank you! 🙂 I closed my submissions off back in the summer and still had way too many to review. It’s crazy how many you end up with once you take a look at all the ARCs. No, you’re not alone. I hardcore blogged almost every day for nine months and then just got hit with too many books and a lot of bad ones that put me in a massive slump.

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  12. I completely understand where you’re coming from! Sometimes I get over-excited with upcoming releases, request a bunch of them (or agree to requests from authors) and then realize I have ten books to read and only a month to read them all which is more than I can handle, especially with schoolwork on top of it all. It definitely takes the fun out of reading and blogging and has given me pretty bad anxiety at times. I get so nervous that I’ll disappoint the author/publisher or that if I miss the release date for one book, the publisher will never approve my requests again. It can really add so much unnecessary pressure and stress. Glad to hear you’re feeling it’s more manageable now, though. Good luck getting through whatever copies you still have 🙂

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    1. I do the same thing. I have my fangirl moment and need an ARC and then get them and freak out when I have too many. Lol Yeah, exactly. I feel the same way when it’s an indie author who contacted me or when the publicist is emailing me to see if I read the book. It really takes your stress level up a notch. Thanks, Kourtni! 🙂 I hope school is going well for you. You’re done at the end of the semester, right?

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        1. That’s great. Very exciting! But you’re right. It is sort of scary. I remember when I graduated from my first degree program. I was like now it’s time to put on my big girl pants and join the real world and it sucks. Haha! 😂

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          1. Hahaha, that’s pretty much where I’m at right now. Although I’ll admit I’m looking forward to not being a student at least for a little while. I’ll probably end up going for a Master’s at some point, but I want to try being a real adult for a little while first, haha.

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            1. You’ll feel so relieved once you graduate. I started a Master’s years ago and never finished it because I liked not having all the deadlines once I was finally done. Haha! Yep, adulting sucks! 🙂

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              1. I can imagine. I’d honestly love to be done with a Bachelor’s, but there’s not much you can do with a Bachelor’s in psychology except for basic, pretty dead-end jobs, haha. But I’ll definitely be stopping after a Master’s. There’s no way I’m going another 6-7 years for a PhD 😛

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                  1. Yeah most states require a Master’s to practice and even then it can be pretty limited what you can do. Or just difficult to get hired since a lot of places would prefer to hire someone with more education 😛 But there’s just no way I’m spending the time and money getting anything more than a Master’s, haha.

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  13. I think every bookblogger can relate to this post…
    I see myself as someone with great control… I have a tiny A5 black note book and once on page was full of the review books, I stopped accepting… that was what, 13-15 books over 1-2 months? Seeing that tiny page full already gave me plenty of worries and pressure, so I can only imagine how seeing all the ebooks, physicals etc in various places pile up could cause anxiety… and it definitely does take the fun out of things.
    This year I’m totally chilled back… I closed my blog for review requests, until further notice… because I wanted to just read the books I had chosed and bought for myself based on blogger recommendations. Some emails still appear but I am quite strict at what I accept or not…

    It’s great to hear there will be reviews coming on your blog again 🙂 I kinda miss them 🙂 Of course, it’s been great to see the fabulous work you’ve done on promoting your own work. You’ve really been super professional about it and very effective… I don’t see this kind of proactive approach by indie author’s often… surprisingly…
    anyway, good luck with writing, reading and blogging 🙂 Hope to catch up with you soon again 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Liz! 🙂 I also closed my blog to submissions until further notice. I just can’t balance all the books I have with writing and everything else. It was taking all the fun out of blogging and making me question what I was doing and why. I’m now getting messages on my author site for reviews and I just can’t handle the volume of requests anymore. I’m getting requests for video interviews and podcasts on top of the reviews and I’m like who do I pick? It’s really too much. Maybe once I knock down my TBR. 13-15 books in one month is a lot. I think the most I ever read is 15 but that was a weird month and I wasn’t working. Lol Thank you! 🙂 It’s so hard promoting your own work and juggling everything else.

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  14. Balancing ARC’s is hard, I agree. I try really hard to hold myself to a strict limit of 4-6 a month, and I have to stick to my schedule to read them by release date. I don’t usually review books that just show up though. I only review if I’ve requested.

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    1. Even 4-6 if I’m not meshing well with the book could put me in a slump. There were months where every book I read was great and I could continue with my pile, but December was when I hit a serious roadblock and couldn’t get into anything I read. Yeah, I was sort of excited and annoyed with the surprise books because I wouldn’t have requested them.

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      1. I don’t like the surprise books. When I sign up with pubs for ARC’s if they have that box to check, I don’t.

        4-6 is hard for one month, I’d prefer 2-4 but I don’t have that willpower, haha.

        December was a really hard reading month anyway, and I can only imagine that the release of Corrupt Me made everything harder. I kind of think an occasional slump is unavoidable. 🙂

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        1. Haha! Yeah, I hear ya. 2-4 is much more manageable. This way you have time to read what you want. I couldn’t connect with anything in December. It was so weird. I get so bummed out when I can’t read because it makes me super stressed since that’s what I do when I need an escape. True. I had a slump last March that lasted until May and then this one from December to February. I really don’t like being gone as long as I was. Last time I didn’t take a break I just wrote other posts instead of reviews. I couldn’t even do that this time. 😂

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  15. Great post! I really appreciate your honesty and advice about ARC burnout. On my own blog, I try to mix up ARCS with my own book collection, but I fear that book slumps and burnout may be inevitable. Sigh. I also tried to diversify my reading list, so hopefully this helps. 😎

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  16. I’ve become much more strict with myself when it comes to any books I’m offered. It’s so tempting to say yes to the majority of them because so many books sound incredible, but it can just get overwhelming. Even now, when I keep track of which one I have on the way and their publish dates, I can’t guarantee they’ll turn up at a convenient time. Like now, I have 3 books I need to read in March, as well as 3 others if I can fit them in. Might not sound like a lot, but my average is 4 a month and they’re all pretty big books. Only because they seemed to turn up at the same time *shrugs*. I’m so grateful for them, but it can be overwhelming!

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    1. Totally agree. I tried to be strict and then books just started showing up announced and I didn’t even request them. I’m also grateful for the chance to read books early. It’s such a great perk. But it can be so stressful. And you’re right. 4 in one month can be too many if they’re big books or you don’t have time or have trouble connecting with them.

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  17. I have to chime in with those who have already commented and say awesome post Jillian! I’m glad you mentioned that about the auto-approve on NetGalley. While I know I’m already auto-approved by certain publishers, I’ve noticed in the past few months that there are some books that have appeared in my reading queue that I don’t remember requesting. I really wish they wouldn’t do that. I’m trying my hardest to curb my NetGalley addiction and that just adds more stress.😕

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I’m so glad you mention that because I thought I was going crazy. I had my NG score almost perfect and than BAM! there’s a bunch of 2017 ARCs I never asked for. I was excited at first because they were all the hyped books but I was also wondering how I’d find time. Then I get random emails weeks later from the publicists about how they thought I would like the books. I’m like okay thanks but I am swamped. It definitely adds to the stress of your already planned posts and reviews.

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  18. I totally agree with what you said – and it seems from the comments that this isn’t uncommon for bloggers! Why do we put ourselves under such a lot of stress with ARCs? I do love receiving books for review but since November last years I’ve really cut back on any requests and although February is still really busy (and I’m struggling a bit with it tbh) after that I’m nearly clear on my schedule so hoping to read some of the many books I’ve accumulated through blogger recommendations.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. I had a feeling this was something a lot of bloggers could relate to. I’ve seen quite a few people mention on social media lately how they’re so swamped with ARCs and I had the same problem. I’m sticking to a list for now on and trying to clear up what I have first.

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  19. I’ve definitely been there – and my blog isn’t nearly as busy as yours! I’ve become very fussy about what I take on now, because I don’t want to be in that situation again. Two review copies per month, max. No exception. Sometimes reviews come out in the same month, but I don’t read more than two in any given month. I’ve also become super fussy about what I will take – it has to be something I genuinely want to read and am interested in. And so far, it is working, but I am sad sometimes that I can’t be of more help to authors who are just trying to get their work out there.

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    1. Thanks! 🙂 That’s a good plan. I got to the point where almost every review on my blog was an ARC and I had to push back all the books I own and want to read. I need to adopt a stricter game plan for the future. I can’t let it burn me out again.

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  20. My advice Jill is to just try and take things as they come. If someone sends you a book personally, like an author, just let them know that it might be a little while before you post it. Don’t feel so panicked about reviewing things unless you’re given a strict deadline! Most people know that we all have a mountain of books that we want to read, I have a 38% rating on netgalley and I still get books approved. I know it can be stressful, but read what you want to read, not what you feel you have to.

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    1. That’s good advice, Kirsty. 🙂 I felt obligated to read all the books in order with the publicists and authors emailing me. I just felt like I was letting them down if I didn’t do it right away and couldn’t keep up. I had to send out a bunch of emails telling them I couldn’t review by the pub date.

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      1. I literally have books I requested in March that I haven’t read yet! I don’t think any expect you to read them by the pub date! I’ve never had anyone get raging at me for my languorous style so I’m sure you’ll be ok! Honestly I think most are just happy got any type of review.
        I know it’s hard when you start setting yourself deadlines and you then stress yourself out. I do that but at the end of the day we all have lives and other interests and you should always make sure reading is still fun and not a chore. Whether you stop requesting and just take books you’re sent randomly or you just step back and read when you feel like it, make sure you’re doing what makes you happy.

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        1. I held on to some for months but I usually try to clear up my NG queue. I’m not as worried about them now as I was before. It was just way too stressful for me. I don’t plan to request anymore until I’m all caught up.

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  21. So far I haven’t had a “blogger burnout” maybe that’s because my blog is still fairly new. So far I am loving every minute of it and haven’t really gotten all that stressed out over anything. However I am sure it will come around sooner or later hopefully way later.

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  22. I can relate. When I started my blog, I admit I went a little request-happy on Netgalley & the result is I’m behind on reviewing a lot of those books. It’s great to get approvals, but I’m trying really hard to stop requesting until I get caught up! I haven’t yet dabbled in requesting physical ARCs, but maybe someday. Thanks for this post! It made me feel better! 🙂

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    1. I did the same thing when I found NG. Physical ARCs are great when you don’t burden yourself with too many. I was shocked how nice publishers are when it comes to sending them. Thanks! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this post.

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  23. It’s funny what you said about books just showing up in your Netgalley queue…I have an auto-approval (my only one) from a small publishing house. Well, I had one from Curiosity Quills, but when I wasn’t really requesting their books, they took it away. But the other one emailed me a list of books that they thought I might like…so I clicked on one, and it was the Widget! I ended up with a book I didn’t even want! I don’t even know what to do…I really don’t want to read it.
    I’ve been scheduling things in my calendar, but that’s not working either, bc either a book will take longer or something will come up…I haven’t even been able to read MY books for fun because I’m accepting all these indie authors’ requests to read and review their books. So I know what you mean. Sometimes I just want to pick up Caraval and start reading it! But I have other books in the way…
    I’m glad you are coming back! I missed you! You did have a lot you were doing! I’m glad you got to step away and get your book published and recover from the burnout. I’m trying to keep away from it…I’m rereading HP for fun with some friends and it keeps the burnout at bay for now!

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    1. I’m glad I’m not alone on that with random books showing up. I was like what is going on here? I was so confused how I had my NG queue all cleared out and then got slammed with more. And they were all different genres because you know I like to genre hop but I’m also a serious mood reader. What?!?! No, you have to stop what you’re doing and read Caraval right this second. I’m posting my review on Monday. That book blew me away big time. Highest of raves. Thanks, Steph! I missed blogging. At least we still talk outside of blogging. It does feel good to be back. I so want to do a HP reread. I’m ordering a new paperback set and will probably do it next month. And then I’ll watch the movies in between each book to get the whole experience. 🙂

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      1. It’s been fun! Tiff from tiffthebooknerd set it all up! She added me and the other girls on Twitter, remembered we all said we wanted to reread it, and it became a group! I brought in two of my girls and it’s been a lot of fun!
        I’ll be writing my post shortly here! 😊
        Yeah, I’m way more careful now with my widgets…I am really unhappy I accidentally downloaded one I don’t want…I’m thinking of just writing a generic review and leaving the Stars blank but then I feel bad…but I also feel like I was tricked into downloading it!

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  24. Fantastic post that really makes so much sense! I have no problems with burn out but I think this can be attributed to the fact that a.) I am still fairly new and b.) my health forces me to take breaks.

    But with that said, I can sense how much truth rings through in all you have said. I too feel overwhelmed by ARCs and requests at times. I think I keep it at bay by not actually requesting too many titles anymore. Most are ARCs that have been mailed to me or through direct requests on the blog and I just make sure to be clear that I promise no time frame. Of course I have to though, as I have weeks where I am in bed debilitated with little vision and bouts of vertigo. So I have to accept the fact that I fall behind. I cannot promise deadlines. But most I encounter are very accepting of this.

    It is hard though be cause we want to be supportive and it can be hard to turn authors away. I love that you address all of this and the risk we run of negatively impacting our own blogging experience ❤

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! 🙂 I wanted to keep it real with this post. I was beyond burned out for months and kept forcing myself. Once the holidays hit and I couldn’t get into any of the books I was reading, I went into a blog coma. You read a lot of ARCs. I can imagine you get burned out with your vertigo. I don’t know how you do it with all those books you have to read and a job, kids, vertigo, and blogging. It’s impressive.

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  25. This is one of the reasons I’ve never gotten involved with ARCs, tbh. I adore blogging, but I already have enough on my plate as it is and so to add reading + reviewing all of those books on top of that? It would not turn out well lol. I’m glad you’re recovering from your blogging burnout!

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    1. I don’t blame you. They’re a great perk when you’re dying to read a book before it’s release, but I put so much pressure on myself to get them read and reviewed by the pub date that it was exhausting. Thank you! 🙂 It’s nice to be back to reading and blogging.

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  26. So true. I have found that I can handle about 4 books a week at my max but it can be tedious and exhausting. I try to schedule my calendar evenly and focus on 2 books a week and try to schedule breaks every couple of weeks. Like others have said…to overcome blogger burnout I read something I have been wanting to read for a while. My choice and normally on my TBR list. Reading a good book that I know I will instantly connect with always help to bring back my excitement for books. ❤❤❤❤

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    1. It all depends on my schedule how many books I can read each week but 4 is really good. I’m on that pace this week. I haven’t been able to read like that in months though. I even read the highly anticipated books and was disappointed so I knew it was time to take a break. I just couldn’t get into anything I read at the time. I’m back in the swing of things now. 🙂 It took me long enough.

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      1. Sometimes you need a break!!! That’s okay! I have always told myself…I blog because it makes me happy. As soon as it doesn’t I need to rethink what I am doing. This job doesn’t pay the bills. It’s fun and entertaining…it needs to stay that way. Thank you for posting such a truthful post. It’s nice to see how others handle their blogs. ❤❤❤❤

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  27. I can completely understand this post, it’s how I’m feeling at the moment :(. I had some trouble with difficult indie authors bullying for getting low ratings from me or for me refusing to review their books, but on top of that I’ve been feeling so much pressure from having agreed to reviewing so many books!!!. I’m trying to get through my read pile but have a few books that I’m now 7 months late in reviewing when I’d promised a date of 3-4 :/ . On top of all that offline life is taking me away from blogging too and I too have felt so overwhelmed that I just don’t feel like reading some books. Not sure if I CAN get back into loving reading all the books I promised. I feel bad but feel I should honour the physical books above the ebooks as they’ve costed the author the money to send. I will offer one piece of advice though, if you get an un-asked for book, don’t feel you have to review it. You didn’t request it so you shouldn’t feel obliged (though I do get it if you do). How do you get auto approved on NetGalley? :o. I’m still new on there so I didn’t know you could get auto approved! 😮

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    1. That’s a shame you’re getting badgered by authors. They should’ve checked your review policy before sending if they were worried about you posting a negative review. As an author, I know that comes with sending out ARCs. And as a blogger, taking on too many ARCs or having life get in the way can also pose a huge challenge. The same thing happened with me. I couldn’t get into any of the books I was reading and lost interest in reading and then blogging was next because I didn’t have reviews to post. Yes, you can get auto-approved on NG. You can also get what I have where the publishers email me directly and don’t tell me that once I click on the link it’s now in my queue for a book I never requested.

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  28. I can relate so much to this post! I have a feeling this is exactly why I’ve been in a blogging funk. Which is entirely my own fault because I promised myself I would take a step back from NetGalley and then didn’t. Sometimes it’s so hard to resist when you’re really excited for a book, you know? Real life even got in the way for a while and I ended up missing a few deadlines, which I’ve been feeling really bad about. ARCs can be amazing and I love supporting authors but they can definitely be really stressful too, which is never fun. Like with a reading slump I take a giant step back when it comes to blogger burnout and embrace it. I’ve been trying to blog hop and read more rather than focusing on posting for a bit (except for reviews). Breaks are always needed every now and then! It’s good to see you back on the blogosphere, Jill. And I’m glad you’re feeling less stressed than you were. 💕😊

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  29. I just haven’t gotten to most of the ARCs I’ve won on Goodreads…. oops. But for probably the first time I’m reading a book before it comes out and am planning on finishing it and having a review on it up before it’s pub date.

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  30. Thanks for posting this! I’m dealing with this too, so I’m glad it’s not just me :). I find that for me, operating with a quota system helps because it means as soon as I fulfill my quota for the day/week, then I can just stop. Now to stop giving myself completely unrealistic quotas…

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    1. No, it’s not just you. A lot of us feel the pressure from too many ARCs. I think at the time we assume we’ll be able to read them all and then life and other things get in the way. I’m no longer setting too high of expectations since I’m doing this as a hobby and to promote authors not to give myself anxiety.

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  31. hehe I love how on a role you are now that you’re back in the blogging swing of things! Brilliant post- totally relate to this! While I don’t currently do ARCs I definitely relate to the blogger burnout- it can be really tough to just keep posting when things build up and you just get a backlog of things to do on the blog. And yes, I’ll readily admit sometimes it can just stress me out to think about the blog- so sometimes I realise I’ve just got to take a breath and maybe “go dark” for a day or two just to keep feeling fresh and to not get too overwhelmed. But at least it’s good to know that this is *totally normal*!! Again- so awesome to have you back!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 ARCs killed me. They just get too out of hand. I think sometimes just writing and formatting a review is enough to suck the life from you, let alone having deadlines you’re trying to stick to. I’m such an anal retentive control freak that I have to review the books by the date or something in my head goes crazy. Lol I just nag myself. I was getting stressed out a lot from the blog even before the ARC burnout. Some days, it would feel like work and then it wasn’t all that fun. Ya know?

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  32. Yay you’re back! I got ARC burnout awhile back, and for the month of December all I read were ARCs to catch up. And then I got caught up and promptly requested a bunch from NetGalley, so I’m back to being behind again. I never learn.! I’ve been super overwhelmed with work, school, and blogging lately, so that’s why I’m reading this post so late, and I’ve learned that it’s OK to turn the computer off and not look at blog posts or respond to comments right away. I have to do that occasionally for my own sanity! Plus, I’m on a computer all day long and sometimes I just cannot look at the screen for another minute.
    Glad to see you back posting – I’ve missed your rants and your raves and your discussion posts 🙂

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    1. I’m back! In some capacity. LOL This week has been crazy busy with my second release but I do have some reviews and posts scheduled. About time. I think a lot of us went through the same ARC burnout in December. There were a lot of books on my list for some reason. Thanks, Ami! I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things. I was writing reviews for a while only on Goodreads and Amazon but I’m now transferring them to the blog.

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  33. Reading a book from new author is tiring. Sometime it’s stressful too because I can’t stand it anymore. Is it the poorest writing style or bad writing technique, both, can be the reason why I don’t want to read it anymore. Your post really related to me so much.

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