As you've probably noticed, I've had a bunch of book review/giveaways going on over the past several months. And, for some reason, while I was knitting last night before going to bed, I started wondering if anyone had developed the wrong idea about it. I mean, no one has said anything to me....but it just started nagging at me.
It's probably more obvious with indie designer pattern collections than published books, but -- I'd like to go on the record and say that no one is paying me to do book or pattern reviews. The only thing I receive from publishers for doing a review is a copy of the book...but those books are what I use for the giveaways (which I vowed to myself to do, even when I really want to keep the books!), and I pay the postage to send them to the winners myself. The only exceptions are when I review a pattern collection that comes in digital form (I usually get a copy of the files as well) and the last giveaway, when I received my own copy of ISLAND in addition to the giveaway copy (which was a huge treat!).
As I've become more busy with designing and taking care of a little guy whose sole purpose in life seems to be destroying the house, I know that my blog content has really suffered. Doing knitting book and pattern reviews here and there has given me something to talk about when I can't seem to find my voice, and doing giveaways with the books I review allows me a way to give back to you guys for sticking with me.
Maybe this is completely coming out of nowhere, but I just wanted to let you know. Thanks for listening. :)