I usually don’t throw my two cents into debate topics, but I felt somewhat compelled to throw them in this time. The fabulous Kristi over at The Story Siren recently wrote a post in which she discussed whether or not bloggers help book sales or not. If you haven’t read her post yet and would like to, you can find it HERE.
I’ll try to keep this somewhat short and non-babbly, but I can’t guarantee any of those things, especially since I’ll be discussing a few other topics. I’m not sure I have much more to add to what has already been said, but oh well…
Bloggers Only Sell Amongst Themselves:
While the book blogging community is tight-knit, like any community, I don’t hold the opinion that we only “sell” books amongst ourselves. Like many, I am the DR in my circle of friends. The Designated Reader. And my friends are always asking me to make book lists for them. Sure, most will borrow the books from the library, but I have a couple of friends who will go and BUY a book I’ve recommended. That’s trust, my friends, haha. Most of the time, they’ll buy at least 2 books at a time that I’ve recommended and shared my review of. While 2 is a small number, it adds up over time.
I also love talking to complete strangers in the bookstore about a book they’re thinking about buying that I’ve read or about books I think they’d like based on one they love. I would like to think myself an active blogger. I love introducing people to books and authors, both here on the site and in real life.
So, no, bloggers do not only sell amongst themselves because we all like to talk and encourage others to read, especially those outside of our book blogging circle.
Advanced Reader Copies:
ARCs/galleys/whathaveyou have become status symbols; the more you have, the cooler you are. It’s like Pokemon cards all over again. Do I think having an ARC is cool? Yeah, because an ARC represents a stage in the publishing process, a process I love learning about and experiencing. But do I flaunt my ARCs? No and I hope I don’t come across as doing so at any point (If I do, slap me). I know that ARCs are costly to make. I know that I have a responsibility to read an ARC and use my review of it to generate buzz, to help out an author and publisher. I don’t collect ARCs for fun and, for that matter, I don’t expect to receive them at all. I request a title here and there, but I know my blog is low in the rankings compared to others, so I don’t expect to have my request filled. I am always flattered and honored when a publisher or an author makes it possible for me to receive one, though.
My subtitle is “YA Book Reviews and My Journey to Publication”. I should probably get rid of it because A) I really only review YA paranormal romance and B) My journey is kind of over, haha. I recently read a post by someone that said they discredit a blog when they claim to review young adult books, but only focus on one type of YA books. So…I’m sorry if I’ve misled you. I do try to post reviews on other types, like contemporary stories, but, let’s face it, I kind of fail at doing so, haha.
Bloggers Are Made of Drama:
There is always drama going on, no matter who you are or what group you belong to. We’re all people and people like drama. Deal with it. 🙂 Do I think some issues can be handled privately instead of over social networking sites? Yes, but sometimes it helps for others to see it and be informed of what’s going on…Sometimes.
Well, that’s it for now. If you’re still reading, thank you. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed what I had to say and I certainly hope I didn’t say anything offensive. See ya guys soon! (Figuratively speaking…)