First let me say, I chose to become a book blogger because I read fast, I love to read and I love indie authors. I wanted to start sharing my love of reading and indie authors who write the books I love. I get ARCs from authors and yes, I love getting free books. I mean who wouldn’t. It’s free but honestly I love reading in exchange for a fair and honest review more. I make no money doing book blogging. Zip. Nadda. None whatsoever. In fact, my partner and I have combined spent well over $200 in the 3 months we have had a book blog. Our only return on our investment lately seems to be watching as authors that we have read and promoted, because we enjoyed their books, slam bloggers, other authors and more. Do you actually know how much time and energy it takes to run a good book blog? My guess is probably not, because we sure as hell didn’t when we made an impulsive decision to do this at 3am.
I spend several hours a day just reading emails. Filtering requests from tour companies and individual authors. Hating when I have to tell someone “No” I can’t review or promote their work because I just can’t fit it on the schedule. The first 3 weeks of Oct alone we have a book review each day. That’s 21 books to read and review. We quickly figured out we needed help. So we sent out a request and have had several great ladies who were willing to step in and try reading and reviewing for us. Do they get paid? NO!
I still love what I do but ask my family how many hours I am on a computer, iPad, or kindle these days? It’s enough to be a 60 hour work week and I don’t see a dime for doing any of this nor do I ask for money. I do ask for some respect. Is it too hard to give the honest and good book bloggers some respect for what they do? Whether you believe it or not they are helping get your work out there for FREE! Their FREE reviews help get you get new readers. People read a review talking about how good your book is and they go out and buy it. Show some appreciation. Show some respect. I think my new policy is if I see an author bitching on Facebook about bloggers, other authors, etc. Same goes for bloggers who think they can say and do whatever they please because they have 3000+ followers then I will not support them.
Bloggers have a responsibility to their fans. Their fans deserve fair, honest and UNBIASED reviews. My partner and I put our personality in all our reviews but we do not push our views on you. I don’t like an author that is on me. I won’t read their books. I won’t review their books but I will not set up an author to fail. That’s just wrong. I also will not comment about the author. I have no reason too. Books are subjective to everyone. That is the beauty of reading. Five people can read the same book, at the same time and have completely different outlooks. Some outlooks will mesh because you think to same but everyone’s has differences.
Chances are they are going to be smack talking me on Facebook for this next but I really don’t care. I am entitled to my opinion and you don’t have to like it. You don’t have to agree with it. Just move on. I do not have time for high school level drama. I graduated from high school a long, long time ago for a reason. Grow up and act like the adult you are supposed to be.
To offset the cost of running a blog we did start a promotional company to make money. Is it profit? No, not really it helps cover the cost of running and maintaining the website. Doing the giveaways that our readers love to enter and come to expect lately (that is whole other rant for another day…haha). So no, I’m not making big $$$ as a book blogger or promotional company. Soon you will find yourself without readers, fans and/or loyal supporters because people cannot keep from running their mouth. You are not the only one in this ONLINE reading world. Others have FEELINGS too and right now I’m feeling unappreciated and taken for a fool. I am starting to wonder if I should keep paying money to buy books from someone who is ungrateful for all the support they have been given for FREE!