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Monday, April 11, 2011

Interview of Reviewer Gabrielle Lee

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance reviewer Gabrielle Lee.

I am a working mother of two boys. I enjoy reading and writing and have been lucky enough to get the chance to put the two together with reviewing. I have had my reviews posted at many different sites.

Q: Describe your job.
A: As a reviewer I wouldn’t consider what I do as a job. I enjoy it way too much. I get to put two things that I enjoy together: reading and writing and I love finding new authors and genres to enjoy.

Q: What motivated you to get involved in the romance industry?
A: Loving to read and being able to share my opinion was a big motivation to get involved in the industry. I also enjoy being able to work on my writing skills and learning new skills is a great plus.

Q: What's one important thing you've learned about your job as you became more involved in it.
A: Not only am I an avid reader but I have also been on the other side of things now. Through the last few years I have not only been a reviewer but I have been fortunate enough to get the chance to help behind the scenes at an epublishing company. Learning many things from how to edit a story to how to build the actual site and also make the covers for the books. It was a lot of work but I enjoyed the thrill of seeing the end results. There is so much that goes into the making of a book whether it be an ebook or print.

As a reviewer I think the most important thing is honesty and professionalism. There are a few must that come along with this “job”. Not only must you actually read the book in full but you must also give your opinion honestly and in a professional manner.

Q: How would you handle complaints/negative feedback from authors?
A: Thankfully I have never had any negative feedback from authors. I have however had many positive remarks and even have had authors ask for me to review their books. Once I even was asked to review the second book in a series when I gave the first a lower score. I love hearing any feedback from authors whether it be good or bad, I would love to hear what they have to say.

Not that all my reviews are perfect I have had a few that the site review editors and I have worked on to make my opinions more professional sounding.

Q: Ebooks or print. Do you read both? If you read ebooks, what reader do you have?
A: I read both ebooks and print. I love the feeling of having a book in my hand but for the amount of ebooks that I review I put them on an ereader. I have a Sony ereader that I enjoy and have recently purchased an older version of the Kindle to see if I like it any better.

Q: Chats. How important do you feel it is for authors to take part in chats on loops or at other romance sites?
A: Chats are always fun and a great way for readers to meet authors. I think it is pretty important for authors to reach out to the readers and chats are a great way to do that. I enjoy chatting and interacting with many authors. Knowing how busy they are it makes it all the more special when they take the time to talk to the readers.

Q: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. Where do you appear?
A: Here are some of the sites that my reviews are posted at.
Fresh Fiction:

Got Romance Reviews:
Night Owl Reviews:
You Gotta Read:
The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews:
The History of Romance:
Howling Good Books:
Mistress Bella Reviews:
Pagan and Pen:
Ebook addict:

Please add anything else you feel is important.
With so many books out there and the popularity of review sites going up these days many of the review sites are always looking for new reviewers. If you love reading and sharing your opinions please feel free to check out the many sites that are out there and send in your applications. You never know if you don’t try. I could be reading your reviews soon.


Paris said...

Thanks for stopping by and giving us a glimpse into your busy life.

Linda Kage said...

Hi Gabrielle,

Nice to meet you. I've always wondered if a reviewer had problems with authors getting upset over a review. It's nice to hear you haven't had that problem!

lastnerve said...

Awesome job with the interview Gabrielle! I didn't know you were on so many sites. I got bogged down and totally had to cut a few. So nice to put a face to the name!

Big hugs
Val (You Gotta Read)


You're one of our favorite reviewers and you always do a conscientious job. I didn't realize you were so busy! Thanks for reviewing for us and nice interview!

Gabrielle Lee said...

Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate everyone who came and read my interview. It was a lot of fun.


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