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17 February 2011 @ 10:53 pm
Good Week: Amazon Vine  
So as you may or may not know, I've been reviewing for Amazon's Vine program for a while now. (Since roughly May 2009.) Every month, Amazon gives me a chance to receive up to four products that they sell for free, in return for a review. It's a pretty sweet deal.

Before you say, "Yeah, that does sound sweet. Where do I sign up?" I have to point out that I was invited by Amazon.com to join the program, and as far as I know it has remained invitation-only to this day. I haven't the slightest idea why the company e-mailed me. I did have a book blog at the time, but I wasn't in a regular habit of posting the book reviews to Amazon. I also have never been active on Amazon's forums. As much as I would like to, I haven't got any idea how to hook you up. Sorry.

Back to my story. So this week I've received two awesome e-mails from Vine. The first was a notice that I'd be selected to review entries for Amazon's Breakout Novel Award. This is going to be a challenging little project - reading 400 pages and reviewing 40 different excerpts is a pretty big time sink. But Amazon's provided a pretty nice incentive. If I manage to complete all forty reviews by their deadline, I'll receive a $350 gift certificate.
I can buy a heckuva lot of fun stuff with a gift certificate of that size.

The second e-mail was that I could pick two new items to review, and I managed to score a Rosetta Stone Japanese Level 1-3 Set. It's a $500 deal, how awesome is that??? (Too bad they didn't have Spanish...) I have been wanting to try Rosetta Stone for AGES, but I've been much, much too cheap to pony up the cash. In fact, I was seriously considering using my Breakout Novel gift certificate for it. Now that I don't have to, I'm super duper excited.
deathjoy: elizabeth yawndeathjoy on February 20th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Nice! I've tried to more thoroughly review books, but I can never do it as if I were writing for someone who has never read the book, it's just my own thoughts on the material.
jeanniejeannietran on February 20th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
WHAT! That's awesome! I never knew you had this Amazon thing going on.

Also, I'm totally borrowing that Rosetta Stone after you're done!
Kuruma Chidori: Dimitrichidorichan on February 20th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't know about Vine, either--it says it's offered to Amazon customers who offer insightful, consistent reviews. Man, I wish I took the time to do that. XD That's almost like a side job, paid in cool things and gift cards. ^^
~ * flurr sprite * ~nkicroft on February 20th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
absolutely jealous... that's pretty awesome :) have fun!