A #BookBlogger ponders!

 

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Apologies in advance if this is a bit controversial but these things have been mulling around in my head for a while. I’m a firm believer in “It’s better out than in” so here goes!

Please note this is a general post and it is not aimed towards anyone. Nor is it meant to be disrespectful to bloggers, reviewers or organisers. These are simply general observations and I’d be keen to hear what others think?

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Does anyone else feel that there is something going terribly skewwhiff in the land of Blogging?  I don’t know what is going on these days, there seems to have been a steady rise in the number of bloggers and blog tours with a matching decline in the quality of reviews being published! As one of the many bloggers who pours their heart and soul into blogging this is extremely disheartening and makes me worry for the future of book blogging as it is.

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Standard of reviews: now this is not a criticism of anyone’s style of reviewing or their grasp of  spelling or grammar but rather a rise in the number of blog tour reviews that consist of a rehash (or copy) of the jacket blurb and a couple of lines along the style of “this book is great, read it”. Really guys, is this an acceptable standard for blog tours? I don’t really think so! When I commit to a tour I am committing to providing a reasonable review of a book within a given timeframe. If I don’t get on with the book then I contact the organiser and come to another arrangement with them for content.  I am not advocating that people should be dictated to over the length of their reviews or how they run their blog but I do feel that there should be some “industry standard” guidelines/expectations for blog tour posts? It just feels that a lot of folk are jumping on the blogging bandwagon for all the wrong reasons.

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Blog Tours: I love blog tours and blog blitzes, I love being a part of them and the hype they create for a book and the support they provide for authors and publishers. This might be a controversial one but it just seems recently that there are like a zillion organisers and there is a real danger that the market will become saturated and the quality diluted.  And also, a little like my thoughts on review standards, I think there should be a set of guidelines/expectations that bloggers should expect from organisers, in terms of communication and timescales etc. Too many people are looking at this as an “easy” option to make some money and giving little thought into the actual work that goes into coordinating a successful blog tour.

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Blogging as money-making game: now I know that beauty and lifestyle blogging is all about the money and I completely get that we are all looking at ways of supplementing our income. I also know that there are legitimate ways to make money out of your book blog and that this is perfectly acceptable. I know you guys will all agree that paying for reviews is a no-no though and this is not my argument. I have a wee niggling feeling in my gut that there are a lot of “book bloggers” popping up who claim to be passionate about books and reading but when you look closely at the blog it is really more about passionate about getting freebies and monetary rewards, I see few reviews and genuine book love on such blogs and I’m a little conflicted about this. Yes, if you are completely upfront and this is stated clearly on your blog but a lot of it is subtly hidden under a professed love of books and it feels a little uncomfortable.

I’d love to know other people’s thoughts on these issues? Should there be standards (for both bloggers and organisers? When is it ok to gain from your blog? Are people jumping on the bandwagon? Please leave your comments below.

 

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60 thoughts on “A #BookBlogger ponders!

  1. Completely agree with everything you’ve said, especially the blog tours. You know me, I’m involved in a lot of tours, but recently I have had an issue with one due to how messily organised the organiser is in regards to tour dates etc. It seems to take a large number of emails sent before a tour date is received and then you’re still left wondering, and yet they don’t share/thank the bloggers. There are only a handful of organisers that I will now work with because they are genuine book lovers who understand what bloggers need. I feel that priorities have been mislaid in the community as of late, and like you say, book love is all about the books and not about the freebies or money. I just wish people realise that before we are overrun by tour posts which rehash a blurb

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    1. Thanks Kaisha. I know, that is so annoying Kaisha. Good communication is everything. I feel for the authors all hyped up for a blog tour to be met with a one line review or a rehash of the blurb! I’m like WTAF! xx

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  2. Fab post missus. Wholeheartedly agree with everything you’ve said. I’ve been extremely lucky that I’ve enjoyed every blog tour read I’ve had. I am paranoid that my reviews aren’t long enough but regurgitating the Blurb other than a couple of lines I try to avoid. As for making money from my blog….I do it for the love of books. I want to talk about the books I’ve enjoyed reading and promoting authors. If I didn’t get offered another free book, would I continue? Of course! I’m a book addict and not a week goes by when I don’t add to my TBR…. I’ll shut up now and get back to reading 😂😂

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    1. thanks Claire. Your reviews are fab! I just get annoyed that authors, publishers and organisers invest time and money into providing books for review and for blog tours to get a “that’s great” doesn’t cut it at all! That’s fine if folk want to review that way on their blogs for their own books they have bought but not fair for ARCs and especially not blog tours x

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      1. When you get a book for free, blog tour or not, effort should be put into promoting that book! Personally I try to treat every book as equally whether I’ve bought it, been sent it or stupidly downloaded from Netgalley! They all deserve care and attention!
        And thank you! 😘😘

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  3. Great post and you’re completely correct. I love blog tours but a short while ago I was saying yes to too much and resented the books rather than enjoyed as there was loads I really wanted to read.

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  4. I think this is great and agree with Claire’s comment, if I didn’t get another free book, would I still do it? OF COURSE! I started without free books and I’ll probably finish without them!

    Wonderful post and agree there are so many tour organisers now I think this is more about the number of indie authors who are now aware of them than people trying to make a quick buck, though. Although the organisation issue is bang on it’s not only limited to tour organisers, I’ve had nightmares with publishers and PR firms over the years!

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  5. I agree with everything you say. I only tend to do a few blog tours these days , and tend to stick to the publishers I know. I’m surprised by the number of new book bloggers popping up who indeed appear to be doing it for the free books, write a couple of line reviews complain no one share their reviews (but haven’t attempted to share or interact with other bloggers) and don’t get me started on the free books or making money, personally I’ve spent more on books since I’ve been blogging, I never think of a book as free, it’s lovely when I get them but never expected.

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  6. As always Sharon, I think you’re spot on with this one. When I’m on my summer break I might try and post something along similar lines. In your corner, as always, my lovely xx

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  7. Absolutely agree toots, for a while there has been a turn. It started off with folk encouraging folk to make blogs “cos you get free books”.

    Then there was the tide of hate towards bloggers, “I only want recommendations from real readers” – aye great so what am I then, am I not a real person???

    Then charging for book reviews, not people who are upfront, folk starting blogs purely to get money for “reviews”. People offering to review for authors then messaging them after agreement to tell them they actually charge X amount.

    Blog tours, I don’t do many and only agreed to the ones I have either because I really like the authors work or really respect the person doing the tours.

    It is ridiculous, not just to blogging but we seem to be turning (some not all) into a culture of want, greed, rudeness and wanting everything for nothing. It is very disheartening but thankfully it isn’t us all, there are many many good people out there and swinging back to topic, some amazing bloggers out there, yourself very much included xxx

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  8. Incredibly insightful Sharon & I reckon you’ve hit the nail on the head. Reminds me of our conversation at Granite Noir earlier in the year, that sadly there are ones who will rehash the blurb, call it a review & look for the next freebie they can get hold of.
    I feel for the authors & publishers who have invested their time & money to get such little return, equally, it saddens me thst bloggers will get a bad name because of the actions of a rogue or five.

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  9. Better out than in, hell to the yes Shazza, fist bump, totally agree with you.👊

    Ha, I wrote a post earlier this week about paid for/charging for reviews and mention industry guidelines. 👍👌😂

    I don’t do many blog tours but from what I’ve seen I have to agree with you. There’s plenty of stellar blog tour organisers out there who also blog about books both ones that you will know and others that due to the varying genres we all read won’t have come across. But, I’ve seen a few that seem to have started organising blog tours for money, I could be wrong but you see the blog, they are organising tours and have no reputation or following and you just wonder about them. I’m aware that takes time and it’s not throwing shade but you see some blogs and you just wonder, I dunno if that makes sense or not?

    I agree about standards on both sides, as a blogger you expect the book in time for the tour, all the info that you need for the post in a suitable time to draft up the post and the tour organisers expect you to post on your day, etc, it’s or it should be mutual on both sides.

    The review one is hard, I don’t think it’s just blog tours, you see reviews for ARC’s that are the same, a couple of lines and that’s it. Hell, I’ve even seen bloggers state that when they read their own books, ones they have purc themselves that they don’t feel the need to write a decent review. That’s definitely their choice and it’s nice to have a break but even if it’s a book you bought and you love it you’d want to do it justice by rocking a review.

    Reviewing is a hard one! I always think that my reviews suck but am a firm believer that everyone should review in their own way and in the way that suits them but yeah, I have come across a few reviews/blogs that are barely a couple of lines and yet they do really well and are popular! Then again, I’ve also seen mega long reviews that go into such in depth detail over the story and yet they don’t actually say if they like the book, etc.

    I often only rehash the blurb in my review, it’s my style, informal and like I’m chatting about a book and then say what I like and/or don’t like about the book. It’s hard for reviews, you might read my reviews and think they suck but I put effort into them and others might well do too even if they are short and hey, I don’t have that many reviews because I’m a slow reader, nothing sinister there, now the blogger, yeah, he’s sinister.😂😝

    What would your review guidelines be?

    I think people show there passion in their own way on their blog and it varies, how do you know that passion is genuine or not is the question I guess and some people are just more restrained in blogging and posting, etc than others. Whispers quietly though that you do see some blogs and question though.

    Money is a tough one, they aren’t up front and that is a big deal, we have to state that we got the ARC to review in the review, if they charge then they need to state that too so that the blog readers know. Sadly, they are sneaky about it. Plenty of ways to earn a bit of money from a blog, buy a coffee thingy, advertising, affiliate links, sponsored posts for some but charging for reviews should be a no no. Honestly, I’d like to know how they think it’s feasible and they are so sneaky yet some think they deserve to be paid. I’m not pimping my post, honest guvnor but as I mentioned, I wrote a post on paying for reviews and whilst there was a bit of a debate about the subject on twitter in the week when I posted my post, I stated that anyone could comment freely, hoping that those who want to be paid and think they deserve it would comment and argue their point yet they didn’t! Now, I’m pretty good at arguing but still, I offered them a platform with no comeback on what they wrote and not one blogger who charges or thinks they should be paid commented, me thinks conspicuous by their absence.😂

    Oh and we likes controversy so it’s all good though never worry when you make valid points and yours are valid.👍

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  10. In an odd sort of way, I always feel I’m still too new to contribute to these discussions.

    I was reading and buying lots of books before I started my blog. If anything, I’m buying even more books now because bloggers are really good at spreading the FOMO. And if at some point I decide to leave the blog behind, I will still be buying books. I feel incredibly lucky when someone sends me a book but that’s not what it should be about. Ever.

    As for blog tours and some reviews, it’s frustrating. I feel publishers and organisers should keep a better eye on things, get rid of the bad apples so to speak. After all it’s in their best interests to have a successful tour with reviews that will convince someone to part with their hard earned cash. Otherwise, what’s the point?

    Great post, Sharon. There have been a few lately. Let’s hope they make a difference.

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    1. I totally agree – I am new too so often feel like I should just stay quiet…
      Have always bought tonnes of books but blogging means my library reservation list is always full. I now attend book events too which means I buy more books brand new – kind of like it would be rude not to when meeting the author!

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      1. I always spent a lot on books so was always going to spend more by being exposed to more books I could want to read. Also, if you’re into bookstagram, props can be quite expensive too! For attending book launches, etc, travel can be expensive too. (though they are brilliant fun so I try to allow myself one event a month!)

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  11. I am only new to the book-blogging world (and blogging in general) so I have only taken part in a few blog tours – most of my reviews are for books I own, borrow from the library or have a time-limited e-ARC from Netgalley. I often worry about making sure my review is detailed enough without giving spoilers!
    In terms of the money-making, I think that it is hard for people to see how much work they put into reading, reviewing, photographing and promoting a book only to see a blogger in another industry (e.g. beauty) posting a single photograph and being paid a lot. Blogging can also make you spend a lot because of seeing all the amazing books on other blogs that you want to read!
    Still, I don’t know many dedicated book bloggers who think they are entitled to receive free books or any other compensation. Most people just seem happy to find out booklovers to geek out about books with!
    You made lots of great points! I hope that people who get into blogging just for the ‘freebies’ will soon give up leaving more space for those who really love books.

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    1. thank you and I am pleased to say that the majority of people I’ve met and got to know through blogging are true booklovers and book geeks! I hope you are enjoying your blogging journey! It is the best thing I ever done! x

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  12. I agree as well. I participate in lots of tours and blitz, because I want to help authors spread the word about their books and because I just love to read! My soul feels empty if I don’t have something to read. I only just started blogging and leaving reviews in the last couple years. I admit sometimes I feel burned out and that is when I step back and take a break and not accept ARCs. Also when on tour and I have a books that just did not do it for me and I could not finish, I contact the host and tell them my thoughts and let them know that I will only advertise or do an expert from the book, instead of a negative review. I never bash a book because I did not like it. Someone else with different tastes and feelings may enjoy it even though I did not and bashing a book is not helpful to them. I always find the good parts to point out to counter any negative. I believe bloggers are the face and voices behind the authors. We help them to succeed in something they love. ❤

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  13. I completely agree with everything you say: I tend to only do tours with four organisers I know and like and who are all completely professional. And, as a former journalist, I try to write reviews that tell readers whether a particular book is worth their time and money. I may not always like the books I review but I hope I can see and share what other readers whose tastes are different to mine might enjoy.

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  14. Great blog and agree with everything you have written. I try my best to convey my thoughts and feelings about each novel I read. Yes, I have off days and the odd one or two may not be as good but if I commit to a review or a blogtour I want to make sure it is the best it can be. I only work with a couple of blogtour organisers and both do an amazing job.
    Receiving a book from publisher is a
    privilege and I do not expect to receive everything I ask for.
    As for payment that is a big no. I blog for pleasure. It is my hobby and helps me decide books to buy for the libraries in which I work.

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  15. Superb blog post. I agree with every word.
    I would welcome guidelines, because I always worry about the quality of my reviews.
    I have never thought about it being about free books, as the pile of books on my book shelves etc and on my kindle, that I bought shows.

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  16. You are correct on all points. I’m especially discouraged with the quality of some reviews. Do they ever reread before hitting ‘publish? And some just provide a highlight of the book by copying the blurb. I am not a huge fan of tours. The pressure of deadlines take some of the pleasure away for me. I’ve participated in several and always tried to provide quality reviews, though I plan to cut back on tours for the foreseeable.

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  17. So many good points Sharon.
    I’m really slow at blogging at the moment because so much unbelievable shit is going on in my life. I try to make an effort with each review though and do my very best for the book and author if I enjoy a book. I’m accepting very few blog tour dates too.

    As for free books, if I never had another ARC in my life, it wouldn’t bother me. Have more than enough books and I buy a lot! It’s a serious addiction!!

    To be honest, all the blogs I follow & share are from bloggers I respect and their reviews are top knotch. I haven’t read any that aren’t.

    If new bloggers aren’t making an effort then shame on them.

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  18. I am a newbie to blogging and I would never dream of demanding money for my reviews. If it wasn’t for my friend pushing me to do my blog because I always had something to say about a book I probably still wouldn’t have done it. My reviews aren’t great as I struggle sometimes to articulate what I want to say but I try to show my wit and passion for the books because that’s why I do it. I never knew about net galley or blog tours until a few months ago and I still get excited when authors want to talk to me as I think why me. So why would someone want to take that away by being paid. As I’ve said I’m newbie I don’t normally say anything but just read what’s happening and it seems like book bloggers are just under attack the last couple of weeks for no apparent reason! I think it is such a supportive community and I take my time to read people posts (I don’t expect anyone to have heard of me lol) and I love the passion people have I just don’t want that to ever go away! Sorry just rambled here!

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  19. Very interesting post Sharon, and didn’t realise that the problem of shoddy bloggers was so widespread! As a reader and a bookseller it is essential that people’s reviews provide some sort of context to a book, and disappointed to hear that there are bloggers out there writing the equivalent of two line reviews. I’m a poorly paid bookseller, and receive no money for blogging, so for me it’s the sheer joy of reading, reviewing, recommending books I love and being honest about those I don’t! Shame that can’t be said of everyone…

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  20. Well said Sharon you’ve taken the word’s out of mouth! To many peeps jumping on the band wagon and taking the enjoyment out of it all with all the drama etc etc etc it’s been doing my head in for while now. Love this post….Shell x

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  21. Great post sharon, as always. For me I would like to see a raising of the bar from some quarters in relation to blog tours and reviews in general. I know this is not about freebies but I find that it beggars belief the number of free books som people seem to get when you see the quality of their reviews (or lack thereof). Perhaps they are just better cyber stalkers, jumping on every publicist tweet with a me! me! When arcs are offered, but it can’t be because they have built a solid reputation in the community. (Whatever one of them is – nonidea how you get one). Standardised reviews would be tough and I don’t think productive but there should be a minimum standard, especially for tour, but that is up to publishers to set. I think sites like Netgalley are a catch 22. Too many people on there for freebies who leave two line reviews and drop a quick comment in a Facebook group. It tends to set the impression this is enough. Perhaps that shouldn’t be the case.

    Yes there does seem to be a rise in the number of people who think blog tour organising is a good source of income, perhaps because the best ones make it look easy, even though we all know they work their knackers off building contacts, chasing publishers etc. And yes, It was rightly commented earlier there are a growing number of indie authors who have cottoned on to this as a marketing tool. This is where the good tour organisers need to be careful too. Think about what they are accepting, rather than just money. It is true that not all traditional or indie books are created equal and perhaps a poor book being pushed via tour can set the impression a poor blog post is also acceptable.

    Bookpost pics are also a double edged sword. You want to say thank you but it gives the j
    Pression the book world is full Of never ending freebies which I think most of us can agree it is not. I’m not sure I even really get many freebies as such. I may get a copy of the books ‘early’ but 9/10 times I buy my own copy as well anyway, especially if I have loved it. Even kindle copies of books I’ve had off NG as I want the final version in full.

    I do get disheartened some times as I think my reviews are too long (like this post) too detailed (also like this post) and too full of rubbish (ditto) when others seem to manage to be more enthusiastic or add much more of a flourish, pictures etc. But then I get that one thank you from an author who tells me it’s nice to hear from someone who has clearly read and thought about the book in a detailed way rather than thenusual one liners and it reminds me why I started the blog. To collate my thank you to the author for the little slice of peace they gave me with their work.

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  22. Thank you for making me think about this. I must spend my life under a rock (or in a book) because I was unaware of the criticism but yes…you have a point. I have always loved books and when you find a great one, you just want to tell everyone. That’s why I blog and to give support to the authors., If I see a book I want to read, I buy it, I don’t expect anything for free. I think I have been so busy doing tours I haven’t seen what is under my nose and if I carry on I may lose my love of reading. A really thought provoking post, much appreciated.

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  23. Great post, Sharon. Quite often I don’t get involved in sharing my thoughts on issues that cause consternation in our community, but these issues have touched a raw nerve with me.
    While I’m not sure that there should be a standard to how reviews are written – it could potentially exclude people from blogging – and as we don’t get paid I’m not sure you can expect people to have standards posed upon them. I’m bloody annoyed, though, at what I have seen with some bloggers merely stating what the book is about and one line on whether or not they liked it. This makes me feel undermined as a blogger as I always try to write a thoughtful review but why bother if this is what publishers/organisers are happy with? ( I know not all of them are.) It also feeds in to the bad wrap we bloggers have been getting recently.
    I started my blog as a hobby and never expected or wanted to get paid. It’s about the joy of reading, being able to share my thoughts on a book and hopefully intrduce books to other readers. Now, I understand times are tough and people want to make some money. I wanted to do the same and, ideally, make money out of reading. So, I worked my arse off completing a course and training with a publisher in order to do that via proofreading. It’s been/is bloody hard work but isn’t that how life works? You want to make money out of books, fine, but don’t expect to make it out of book blogging. I’ve been quite disheartened about all of this recently.
    I have cut down on the number of blog tours I’m taking part in and tend to stick to a certain number of known organisers so I haven’t had the issues that other’s may have had. Again, blog tour organising isn’t a quick and easy way to make money. There is no way I could do it, it would drive me mad organising all the dates! I feel annoyed that authors and publishers may be getting ripped off by unscrupulous folk.
    Sadly, we live in a strange society these days and, as Mark Twain once said, ‘The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog’ 😂

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    1. love this! thank you! And I’m rethinking my points about “standards” as I think you are right, it is off-putting. I guess I kind of mean that I have expectations of myself as a blogger who has agreed to take part in a blog tour/ARC review and the expectation is that I will write more than one line of a review 😉
      You have worked hard for your proofreading qualification and I hope that it is a long and successful career for you Abbie xxx

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      1. I totally get where you are coming from in relation to standards. I’m the same as you and have a certain standard I try to maintain in my reviews and I know what you mean. Maybe guidelines would be a better term. I think Netgalley do have some guidance on how to write a review (don’t quote me on this!) but who knows how many people actually read it!
        Thank you, Sharon xxx

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  24. Fabulous post as ever Sharon. It’s such a shame a small handful of people are causing the dedicated and respected bloggers to feel the need to write posts like this.
    Perhaps the influx of blogtours is due to the fact the indie authors see how powerful and influential blogtours are in getting your book seen and talked about.
    I only take part in blogtours for books or authors I want to read as my blog is about the books and authors I personally love and recommend. I also assist in getting bloggers together for tours for a couple of publishers and do this in my own time and at my own expense and don’t charge as for me it’s all about the book love 💖
    I think it would be incredibly useful if a guideline to blogtours is put together, perhaps with the input from publishers which we can all refer to and use to help the newer bloggers get involved and it would also help the organisers who can then have a list of bloggers NOT to use on tours.

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  25. This is a great post. I’m new to book blogging (although not reading or promoting books – I’ve been doing this on Instagram for a few years). I’m interested in what publishers expect when they ask people to be involved on a blog tour – If I’m asked to be part of a book tour I make sure to read the book and review it on the date agreed (even if this can be tricky!) I’ve noticed a lot of posts where people just share pictures of the book with a ton of hashtags. As a reader I’m interested to know what bloggers think of a book so I can decide if I’m going to add it to my ever growing TBR shelf!

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  26. Hi Sharon
    I am pretty new to blogging and, even in that short time, have been involved in a number of blog tours. I don’t think my blog is great, or my reviews as good as many I read, but I have so far stuck to a format which allows for the information about the book and author to be included whilst still ensuring my thoughts on the book are the ‘meat in the sandwich’ and whilst some may be shorter than others I try not to just say a one-liner. After all book blogging is, to my mind, about sharing what I think about a book.
    I have much to learn and I believe reviewing ARCs (via NetGalley or directly from a publisher) and doing blog tours has helped me improve, perhaps slowly, and become disciplined especially with regard to time – such as needing to write a review on a particular day.
    However, I know I will not continue to review for as many as I have been because time is a factor and so is going back to catch up on some of my favourite authors.
    Most of these reviews have been new authors/new authors to me – which is great, thinking that I am helping to support them starting off and finding some terrific new authors I will continue to read. So it’s been great and no doubt I will do some in future, just not so many. As for free books I’ve been amazed at the fact that I have been so lucky to receive so many but I have continued to buy books and it would be good to be reviewing more of them. I am becoming more confident at doing it – or at least thinking well it’s my blog to write as I want – and, I hope getting better at it.

    As for money I have never asked, nor expected, any.

    There has certainly been a bit of talk around this in recent weeks and I think your post has made some great points, thank you.

    Janet

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  27. I’ve been in the game for about a week now so it would be premature for me to come to any reasonable judgement of what book blogging is like. I will say this though.

    A book review should be your honest opinion and why you believe that. I think the minute you start taking fees for a review, your judgement becomes questionable. And that is unfair on your followers who you are ultimately responsible to. If they follow you, they value what you say, and that should never be undermined or disrespected.

    As for book tours, I’ll reserve judgement. I don’t know enough about them and I’m reticent to take part until I do so. However, that in of itself shows how seriously I would take them.

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  28. I have a draft of a post with similar thoughts as yours, inspired by an article I read that says it’s wrong for book reviewers to say a book is badly written because there’s no such thing as a badly written book. This is of course not true at all, and the article is quite terribly written, ironically, but what I think the writer was trying to say is that she has seen a decline in quality of book reviews because in order to get content out, some bloggers simply say whether they like a book or not (as you mention above) and use that as a basis for judging whether a book is good or bad. As a book lover this is incredibly frustrating, especially when I see it on a YA book blog, because without more of an explanation it’s nearly impossible to tell if a book was bad because of writing, or simply because the blogger didn’t like the characters swearing (for example). This does the entire community a disservice.

    On the other hand, there is a plethora of book blogs to choose from so when I don’t like a style of a review, I can move on and find a blog with reviews I find valuable – the personal motivations are what make blogging so wonderful, after all. I haven’t really seen the type of issue I think you’ve described with Blog Tour organizers (unless I’ve misunderstood you), but I have seen bloggers who do the absolute minimum when they are taking part in a Blog Tour, which gives me the same feelings as shoddy reviews. I’ve never been able to understand why JUST GET CONTENT/YOUR NAME OUT THERE is seemingly preferred to WRITE QUALITY CONTENT BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE DESERVES (author, blog tour organizer, blogger) – why is that so satisfactory for some people?

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  29. Lots of interesting points here…
    I’ve only recently started blogging and done a couple of blog tours and quite a few reviews. I try NOT to read blurbs and other reviews before I post my own and just describe the experience- the way it made me feel, the themes, the characters. I am ALWAYS grateful when I get a book sent to me for review and continually pinch myself that I get to write about my favourite thing, reading! There has been a lot of negativity about book bloggers and the way they do things lately. I hope that doesn’t take away from those great book bloggers that are passionate about reading and writing great reviews.

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  30. Yes to everything! My reader feed and Twitter have seen appear so pang new blogs and it should be a great thing but lots of what I have seen so far is people getting books and writing the mandatory “awesome thing, read it” line to be called a book blogger. I’m always happy to welcome new people but there has been a real problem with the quality of the blog posts being published. I think book blogging is a victim of its success. I sincerely hope people realize it’s a passion, it’s not for the free books, and we actually put a lot of effort in everything we say about a story. Fantastic post!

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  31. Brilliant post! Book blogging has certainly changed since I started blogging two and a bit years ago. It feels like there is so much more negativity towards bloggers now and it upsets me so much when I see bloggers acting in ways that make us all look bad. We’re all human and we all make mistakes like forgetting a post or something, but there are some people who give bloggers a really bad name and I can only think that they aren’t in it for genuine reasons.

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  32. I wholeheartly agree with what you have written about book blogging, I alway fret about my reviews worry they aren’t good enough. I see some amazing reviews on blogs and think to myself are mine as good as that, do mine actually help an author, I would rather a publisher, author or tour host told me if my Blogs wasn’t up to scratch, then I could work towards improving it.
    Sorry for waffling on 😃

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