Thursday, November 16, 2006

Get to know Romance Reviews Today and RRTErotic

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For today’s blog, I thought I’d do something a little different. Here’s an interview with the owner/webmistress and the Jill of all trades of Romance Reviews Today and RRTErotic…Terrie Figueroa!


When did RRT open for business?
The first issue or Romance Reviews Today launched October 1, 2000. We’ve just launched the new erotic site RRTErotic on October 5th, 2006.

How did RRT come about when there were other review sites online?Romance Reviews Today was started when I, and several other RomCom reviewers found ourselves with books to review and no place to send them when RomCom closed. We found out RomCom was closing in August of 2000 and promptly got to work on RRT. To say it was a learning experience would be putting it mildly.

In the early days, was it hard to get books? Not too difficult. Some publishers were more than ready to send arc’s out, others we had to work for. The reviewers often bought the books initially and reviewed them. After sending reviews for several months, most of the print publishers started contacting us.

How do you determine who gets the coveted Perfect 10 award? Ah -- the Perfect 10. This is an award given to outstanding books in their genre and is strictly at the reviewer’s discretion. It needs to be plotted and executed without flaw, and the characters need to really stand out. Those are just a few of the criteria. That doesn’t mean that many books that are reviewed aren’t outstanding, but in the case of authors like Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Linda Howard and of course, Nora Roberts, they are always so fabulous, each of their books really competes with their own body of work.

How many reviewers do you have currently?This is going to sound horrible, but I’m not sure exactly. Without doing an actual count. We’ve had 4 new reviewers recently join us, and then we have staff members who don’t review but do other things such as interviews, review assignments and gathering new release information. I’m going to guess the entire staff is around 30 to 33 with about 25 to 28 reviewers. :)

Do you have any guidelines for your reviewers to follow when writing a review?We have general guidelines. We don’t write book blurbs so they are required to actually critique the work. They can focus on the many components of a novel or just the specific thing that stands out, whether that is the plot, the characterization or the writing itself.

What are your plans for the future of RRT?
For now, I plan to focus on continuing to post quality reviews. We have started offering advertising, and author spotlight pages, and someday, if I can find a few more hours in each day, we will probably offer website design and space for authors.

If an author wants their book reviewed, who do they contact?Authors can use one of the links on our site to request reviews or contact me directly. (terrie_figueroa_romrevtoday.com)

If someone is interested in reviewing for RRT, who do they contact?They can email me (terrie_figueroa@romrevtoday.com) or Sondrea Cash (reviewcoordinator@romrevtoday.com) To be honest, even if they contact me directly they will most likely be hearing back from Sondrea.:) We are currently looking for more ebook reviewers, for both erotic and especially non-erotic books.

Thank you, Terrie!

Posted by Patti
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1 comment:

Mimmi said...

Great interview, Patti. And good info, Terrie. I love the way you guys review books~~and if I see a perfect 10, it's an auto buy, and you haven't gone wrong yet.
I like that it's not just listing the facts, but telling about the charachters, what the reviewer felt why they !
Great job!!