The concept of a disclosure page on my blog would have been unfathomable to me way back in 2003 (when this wee blog was born). Back then this all started as a personal sounding board, and through my affiliation with The Romance Reader (a now defunct review web site) I started talking more and more about the books I read. Over the blogging years I've developed relationships, sometimes monetary, sometimes "just friendships" and in the sake of being as transparent as humanly possible - here it goes:
1) I am a member of Amazon Associates. What does this mean? Well, it means if you click on an Amazon link on this blog, then put said item in your shopping cart, and then purchase said item - I get a few pennies in return. I also use my Amazon Associates ID on my Upcoming Historical Romances wiki. If you don't want me to earn those pennies - don't buy via my links.
2) I do accept ARCs (Advanced Copies) of books from various publishers. I get the lion's share of these via online services like NetGalley because that makes life easier for me, but I also accept ARCs directly from authors and publicists. For any book I review that I received as an ARC I will include an "ARC Review" tag on those posts. Otherwise? I purchase books myself, pick them up at conferences I attend, or check them out from the library.
3) Technically I still review over at The Good, The Bad and The Unread, although I haven't posted there in so long Sybil has likely disowned me. I have no monetary ties to TGTBTU, but assume any book I review over there is an ARC.
4) Since February 2011, I've been a freelance blogger for Heroes And Heartbreakers, an online romance community, which is owned and operated by Macmillan Publishing. I am paid for my contributions. I do work with the site moderators on any content I provide but have never been given directives on what I can or cannot cover and have never felt pressure to spin my opinions in any other way but my own.
5) While I'm not currently providing content for them, I have, in the past, written and received monetary compensation from Criminal Element (also owned by Macmillan Publishing) and RT Daily Blog, which is part of the RT Book Reviews web site.
6) I have written a few non-fiction essays (currently unpublished). I am currently not pursuing fiction writing nor do I currently have aspirations to write fiction. Like a lot of readers I have plot bunnies, but unlike all authors, I currently lack the drive to do anything about them.
7) I'm casual acquaintances with a ton of authors, editors and publicists. Most of these folks know I'm a straight shooter. There are many authors I've been friendly with over the years who have gotten A grades from me, then the next book gets a D, and the world keeps on turning. I chalk this up to their professionalism and my perceived reputation - which is mostly good as far as I know.
When I feel those relationships go past acquaintance (for example, I'm friends with L.B. Gregg and I have a past working relationship with Megan Frampton through H&H) I will include a disclosure note prior to any review / blog mention.
And so ends the disclosures. Yada, yada, yada.