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Subject: Frequency of requests
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 1/2/2009
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Hi all,

I'm new and I've just mailed out four books and received my first two.  I was wondering after the first couple of requests about how often people receive requests to send out books?  I'm so excited I want to send them all out this week!  (I'd probably go broke on postage, though :-p )

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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it really all depends.  somestimes I'll go weeks with no requests and then sometimes I'll have several.  right now I'm trying to read all WL books and get them off of my shelf at home and whittle down my TBR pile

There are some books that took a year before they were requested but they made their way through the FIFO line.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 4:00 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2007
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It depends for me. I mainly only send out wish listed books, so the frequency of requests depends on how many I post a week.  I haven't mailed any books since the week before Christmas because I was on Vacation, but I normally average 4 books a week or so. But, like I said, under normal circumstances I control the flow of requests by posting or not posting WL books.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 4:28 PM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2008
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if you search the books you are going to post to yourshelf, you can see how many poeple are wishing for that book, which can help you control sending out, 40 books in the first week, also allows you to spread out your credits earned if you mail a certain number of books per month. I have given myself a $20 limit on mailing at PBS. So I am careful when I post my books. Yes, sometime I could have all 17 requested, but then I'll just have to send them :) I usually spend $20 on books monthly anyways, so I don't  want to go over that amount.

That said, it is very nice to receive books in the mail. And the more you send, the more credits you receive! :)



Date Posted: 1/7/2009 4:34 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 5:54 PM ET
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It just depends on what you post.  I mostly post WL books at this point and so like a previous poster said: I control how many I send out.  Some weeks I read a lot and send out 3 or 4.  Sometimes I go a couple weeks w/o sending anything out.  If your books are mostly already available in PBS then you might not get many orders.  If you're posting books that are WL or where there's only a couple copies posted you will send books out more often. 

If you add the books you have but haven't posted yet into the TBR pile you can see if they are WL.  If you add them to your Reminder List you can see how many are posted into PBS already.  If you like those little series romances try becoming a Boxer.  A lot of people won't pay a full credit for them.  Occassionally one will be WL if it's a hard to find one from a writer who's big now. But mostly they only go with deals or BOBS. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 6:31 PM ET
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Many of the most unexpected books go quickly, I've found.  There are male readers here, too.  Lots of non-fiction goes quickly and doesn't get posted all that often.  So if you want to make sure you  have WL books to post on a regular basis do some looking around to see what people want.  I wish more men would post on the forums.  It would be nice to hear what books they'd like to see.  And if your smaller Harlequin's aren't that popular in the future - use them as "freebies with an order of a credit worthy book".   Check out how others do their "deals".  I haven't offered any - but I have done a few at the request of other members.

The first time I went 2 weeks without any orders was very unhappy for me!  What a let-down.  But it all evens out.  I still check PBS a couple times a day.  I have to read more of my TBR - I can't post any books if I haven't read them!  ;D