To-Do List: April Write On Review-a-Thon

Posted 19 April, 2015 in Features / 7 Comments

write on review-a-thonSo, now is probably a really bad time for me to sign up for the Write On Review-a-Thon. I mean, let’s look at this:

  • My apartment is only half-packed.
  • My address isn’t changed anywhere.
  • I haven’t cancelled cable or utilities.
  • I haven’t even figured out how I’m getting rid of some of the furniture I’m not taking to New York.
  • There’s an IKEA dresser in my living room that needs to be put together before the movers get here.
  • I have stuff to do to prep for the new job.

But yet, next month will be even worse.

I never in a million years thought my job search would end as soon as it did, so I haven’t exactly been light on the ARC sign-ups lately. I’m currently a few weeks ahead in reading the ARC, but writing the review is always my bad spot.

So I figure, I’d rather pull an all-nighter to finish packing the night before I move, than stay up too late writing a review while I’m still new to and overwhelmed by my new job. Plus, I’m going to the company’s HQ in Paris for 11 days in June, and I’d already signed up for reviews in that timeframe. I don’t want to even try to back out. It just seems silly, and like a douchebag move if I’ve read the book already, as is true in one case.

I’ve read the books. It’s time to get my shit together with reviewing earlier than the night before my blog’s tour stop. Especially when I’m almost always weeks ahead on my reading! It’s one area of my blogging where I really lack organization, which is surprising given how organized my blogging workflow is. I have a detailed blogging schedule, and devote time in there for writing reviews.

It’s always bothered me that I’m never very ahead on my reviews. I know that, given the time devoted to reviewing in my blogging schedule, I only need to get ahead once. Just once. And it shouldn’t really require any extra effort to maintain that head start, as long as I don’t start signing up for more reviews.

So this week will be that “just once.” Like I’ve done before, I’m going to shift the start and end date of my personal review-a-thon. It starts now, and ends next Sunday. I’m trying to do as many of my committed reviews as possible in that time. After all, packing is really physically demanding, and a girl needs a break a few times a day.

Like last month, I’m not going through the post from start to finish in WordPress yet. I’m just knocking out the hard part – writing the review. I’ll probably create a folder in Evernote or Google Drive and just get to work.

My April Review-a-Thon To-Do List:

  • The Phoenix Campaign by Heidi Joy Tretheway – scheduled for 4/22
  • Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen – scheduled for 4/23
  • The Mistake by Elle Kennedy – drafted for for 4/28
  • Changing His Game by Megan Erickson (for 4/29)
  • Overruled by Emma Chase (for 5/5)
  • Heat by Penny Reid (for 5/7)
  • All Played Out by Cora Carmack (for 5/12)

That actually takes me most of the way through my current signups. My calendar is still pretty blank from June on, and I haven’t read the books for late May yet. So it’s ambitious, but as crazy as my life is this week, it’s about to get crazier.

About the Write On Review-a-Thon:

The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. This time, for the FIRST TIME ever, it’s 3 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Saturday, April 25 through Sunday, April 26th. Let’s get those reviews done!

What reviews do you have coming up this month?


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7 Responses to “To-Do List: April Write On Review-a-Thon”

  1. You’re right, writing reviews will make a nice break from packing. Or vice versa! The hard part for me is always writing the actual review, so sometimes I’ll just sit down and write for a certain amount of time, then move on to the next one. Then I go back later and polish it up. Maybe something like that would work for you? Good luck!

    • The review is always the worst for me, too. Normally, I write it when I do everything else – formatting the post, emailing the tour host, scheduling social shares, etc. That ends up being a large chunk of time, which doesn’t help when I’ve already procrastinated. 🙂 Last month during the review-a-thon, I just wrote the reviews in Evernote and then put them into WordPress closer to the publish date. It helped get my list finished, but I still had some work left to do before my tour stop. I also write one review each pretty much every Tuesday and Thursday for upcoming reviews, and will add an extra day in if I need to here and there.

  2. I loathe packing! I have a shit-ton of reviews to do myself, and I haven’t even started on my review-a-thon post. Bad host! Good luck with your reviews and I hope you get them all done. You’re off to a good start 🙂

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