I'm selling books!

Hi Friends!

I need to register for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) in order to apply for grad school later this semester. It's an absurdly expensive test, so I'm hoping to raise a little extra money by selling some of my unwanted/unused books! Here's how it's going to work:

  • If a book is available, the title & price will be listed below the photo. (Titles that *are* available will be bolded, titles that *aren't* available will be crossed out)
  • Send an email to emmmabooks@gmail.com with the titles you are interested in, your PayPal email (I am also down to Venmo for US friends) [I will send you an invoice once we have confirmed your books & total price], and your shipping address (please confirm that your address is correct!)
  • There is a flat rate of $5 shipping for all books (though if you want a large number of books, I may need to increase shipping due to weight)
  • Currently, I am only shipping to US & Puerto Rico (I really wouldn't mind shipping internationally if you were willing to pay, but USPS is generally $30-50 depending on where you live and I don't know how many of you feel it's worth it to pay more for shipping than the actual books! If you wanna discuss international shipping, send me an email.)
  • The majority of books are new/unread and the rest are in very good condition. All come from a smoke free and pet free home. 
  • No limit - Please take as many as you want. I just wanna get into grad school, man.

Any questions, please tweet me @emmmabooks or send me an email at emmmabooks@gmail.com

Left Stack:
Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult - $4
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (SIGNED) - $12
Marlena by Julie Buntin- $7
All Grown Up by Jamie Attenberg - $7
The Mortifications by Derek Palacio - $7
All The Wonderful and Ugly Things by Bryn Greenwood - $7
Faithful Alice Hoffman - $7
The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson - $7

Right Stack:
Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James - $4
Grey, Fifty Shades Freed, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James - (All 4 for $10)
Everywhere and Everyway by Jennifer Probst - $4
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - $4
In The Light of the Garden by Heather Buroh - $4

Left Stack:
The Duff by Kody Keplinger - $4
Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike - $3
All Fall Down, See How They Run, and Take The Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter (1 PB, 2 HC, All 3 for $12)
The Hit by Melvin Burgess - $5
Panic by Lauren Oliver $-6
Tease by Amanda Maciel -$6
Its Not Me, It's You by Stephanie Kate Strohm - $5
My True Love Gave To Me edited by Stephanie Perkins - $5

Right Stack:
The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis - $2
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik - $3
Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin - $5
With Malice by Eileen Cook - $6
A List of Cages by Robin Roe - $6
Hello by Liza Weimer - $3
Survive The Night by Danielle Vega - $6
Diamond Boy by Michael Williams - $4
Dear Nobody, The True Diary of Mary Rose by Gillian McCain (No DustJacket) - $3
The Stranger Game by Cylin Bubsy - $5
The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle - $5

Left Stack:
Hexed by Michelle Krys (No DustJacket) - $4
Salt and Storm by Kendall Kupler - $5
Half Bad by Sally Green - $6
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - $5
Smells Like Finn Spirit by Randy Henderson - $4
Serafina and the Black Cloak (Right Stack oops) and Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty (Both for $10)
The Reader by Traci Chee - $6
Red Queen and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (Both for $12)

Right Stack:
Worth Mythology In Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels - $2
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton - $4
Everland by Wendy Spinale - $5
Vampire Academy (Movie Tie In Edition) by Richelle Mead - $5
The Young Elites by Marie Lu - $7
Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (All 4 for $20)

Left Stack:
Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon - $3
When We Wake by Karen Healey - $3
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne - $5
Revived by Cat Patrick - $5
Mind Games and Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (Both for $9)
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer - $6
Welcome to Deadland by Zachary Tyler Linville - $5
Humans Bow Down by James Patterson - $6
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern - $6
The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey (Both for $12)

Right Stack:
Horizon by Scott Westerfeld (1) - $5
Metaltown by Kristen Simmons - $6
Uninvited and Unleashed by Sophie Jordan (Both for $8)
Inland by Kat Rosenfield - $6
Control by Lydia Kang - $6
Nil by Lynne Matson - $5
Dark Energy by Robinson Wells - $4
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings - $6
The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry - $6

Dead Presidents for Dead Trees?

One day, I was flipping through my emails as per usual, endless Amazon order confirmations, some school assignments I've emailed to myself, and of course, a few review book requests from the last few days. These emails are always very generic starting with "Hi Booktuber! Love your videos. I think *insert book title* by *insert author name* would be a great fit for you to review on your channel." A lot of these are easy to reject automatically, I mean, who really wants to read a novel from a .PDF file, but I came across one review request that was slightly different than the norm. This was clearly the author's first time attempting to market her novel on BookTube, so she had asked me if there was a surcharge in addition to being sent the book to have it reviewed. As a BookTuber who has only ever been offered an ebook or physical copy to review, this caught me off guard. I had always had a loose idea that the booktubers with hundreds of thousands of subscribers were paid to review books, but it never occurred to me that they chose the prices themselves, or that anyone of my BookTube status would charge to review a book. Naturally, I told her I didn't charge to review books (did people with less than 10,000 subscribers really do that?) but since then, the concept of receiving payment to review books has been on my mind.

I've had tons of discussions with my BookTube friends about charging publishers and authors to review books, just so that I could get a feel for what other people closer to my subscriber count were thinking. I feel like this topic can sometimes be a little touchy concerning the book community, especially considering any controversial topic on BookTube causes an uprising, so I thought it would be better to discuss this on a smaller scale rather than make a whole video dedicated to it. 

As BookTubers on the smaller end of the spectrum, we always have a ton of questions pertaining to growing our channel and working with publishers. "How does someone convince a publisher to send them a book to review?" "Are there susbcriber quotas for different companies?" "Do we ask them or should we wait for a publicist to come to us?" While some of the more popular BookTubers will include these tips in videos, they tend to stop giving out information as soon as it hits the financial portion of marketing on BookTube. As always, money makes things more complicated, so I really don't blame any of them for not sharing their experiences concerning being paid to review books. But that doesn't change the fact that as smaller and growing BookTubers, we don't know these things. "When do we start charging publishers to review books?" "What is a standard price to charge?" "Is it categorized by the length of the book or one price for all?" It's easy for us to learn how to film and edit videos, and I personally feel it's pretty easy to work with publishers once you've been exposed to that experience. But what do I do once I decide I want BookTube to be an official job? How am I meant to learn these things without the aid of those more knowledgeable than I?

There's also the question of, is it okay to receive payment to review books? In the situation I'm currently in, I'm quite content with just being able to keep the books I'm sent. I don't think that my channel is anywhere near the caliber of those that get paid. Of course, every reader wants to get paid to lay in bed, drink coffee, and read books, and though I prefer my reading material with a cup of tea, that's my eventual goal, too. As much as everyone else and I want it, I feel like there are some BookTube viewers out there that would have a problem with that. It's understandable that some people might be weary of trusting a sponsored review, because when money is involved, who knows if they're saying they love it because they honestly do, or if they're just being paid more to hype it up. I have also heard of situations where a BookTuber will have been sponsored to review a book but leaves that bit of information out (which is a BIG no-no in the world of YouTube) so that's one of the many reasons why some people believe BookTubers shouldn't be paid at all to read & review a book. We all would like to give reviewers the benefit of the doubt, but sometimes it can be unclear what's more important: the loyalty and honesty to your viewers a.k.a your reputation, or your bank account balance? I personally don't have a problem with BookTubers being paid to review books on their channel. Hey, I might not have been exposed to a certain book if they weren't! But I do feel that whether you're receiving payment or not, you must be honest about your feelings towards the book because your viewers should come first.

Concerning the price of reviewing, who determines it? I know that even if I were at the point where I felt comfortable charging for books, I probably could never pick an amount I was comfortable with. "Do I charge $2 per book?" "Is $100 too much?" "Is it even worth it to charge for books if you aren't receiving a decent payment?" "What should the prices be based off of? Page number? Popularity?" "Is reading, reviewing, filming and editing all factored in or is it just for posting a review?" In my experiences with larger BookTubers, I have heard whispers and rumors of how much people get paid for certain things, though I don't know how much help they'd be if I ever began to put a price on my reviews. Should I ask a publisher for what price they feel is fit, or just outright say "I'm not reading this book unless you give me one million dollars." Clearly, that would be more ideal in a more polite way, and probably including a price that looks less like a phone number, but nonetheless, those of us who are smaller BookTubers have very little information on how to begin making BookTube an actual occupation.

Now, I don't plan on charging for books any time soon. I definitely am starting to refine the qualities I look for in a review book or in a relationship with a publisher, but for now, my eyes aren't filled with dollar signs. Hopefully one day, I'll feel like I'm at the point where I'm comfortable and the situation feels appropriate enough that these reviews I'm doing for experience can turn into an actual exchange of goods and services, but I'm happy with the free book that comes my way every so often. If you, yourself, have any opinions on the controversy that is paying BookTubers to review books, feel free to share them in the comments below because I'd love to know how others perceive the situation. For now, I feel extremely blessed to be at the level I am right now, starting to establish contacts in the publishing world and gaining viewers at a steady rate, but even without all that, BookTube is about the fun of sharing my love for books and the friendships, the confidence and the love that comes from it.