Why I Don´t Join Book Blog Tours Anymore

Book blog tours- You either love them or you dislike them. Either you participate in one or you don´t.

 

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There are many ways for an author to successfully promote their book but none are as effective as a virtual book blog tour. I´d even say it´s THE MOST idiot proof way to get a reader´s attention. So many people hang around social media- Why not take advantage of that?

 

 

While I do believe book blog tours are a nice additional marketing tool for authors I can´t say I´m too impressed with how a book blog tour usually pans out for book bloggers. Sure, we can receive new followers along the way and might be able to form a bond with an author.  But if you take a long hard look at book blog tours you can tell that many MANY things are a little fishy. Things that stink to high heaven.

 

 

As it often is- One simply cannot speak for all book blog tours. But one can definitely speak for the majority of ´em ( in my case- I can speak for the tours for romance, YA, erotica, women´s fiction genres ).

You see – There are rules for a book blog tour. Rules I often never agreed with because most of them made no sense to me. As a book blogger who treats this whole thing as a hobby ( and who knows what can be gained in the business ) I never felt at home with all the restrictions and rules that were set out. Now, I dont´disagree with rules. In some areas in life rules are very much needed. But none of the hobbies I actively live out during the day have rules. Why should a book blog tour have them? Why should book blogging in general have rules?

Alas, the rules of book blog tours were what made me whisper “fuck this shit. I need a drink.” to my laptop.

 

 

Rule #1     

Don´t Forward The ARC 

I know there are some airheads who think it´s acceptable to receive an ARC and then pass it on to their friends / family / fellow bloggers. These people need to be reminded what an ARC is and how to handle them. I´m not mad about this rule. I´m just annoyed that it still has to be mentioned. Bloggers should KNOW by now how harmful it is for an author if their book gets passed around. This annoys me. But not as much as the way some authors & book promo people go about this whole ARC business.

Look, I get it. By clicking the box on the Google doc form I agree to not forward the ARC to a third party. But what´s stopping the next book blogger from doing it anyways, you know? This is not me condoning piracy or anything. All I´m saying is that there are some tec savvy bastards out there. By agreeing to not do so by clicking a check box is not preventing this from happening. Use an anti theft ebook software, secure your files by restricting certain actions, send a pdf then delete it after it´s been read. There are ways to make life hard for someone who wants to share an ARC.

My advice for authors offering ARCs would be: Create a check box option that says-

 

“I understand that this ARC is protected by ____ and cannot be forwarded to a third party.”

 

That is something I will take seriously. It´s a statement that the book has been protected and can´t be shared. Voila!

Regardless of my feelings towards this check box clicking agreement, I have never and would never forward an ARC. Because I don´t have time for this shit. Read / review / move the fuck on.

 

 

 

Rule #2   

Promote The Book. Not Your Review.

 

Pretty simple, right? You sign up and request to review the book that´s  being promoted. Then you write a review and promote the book. Wrong. Quite often your opinion will be sorted out before you even manage to write a review for the damn book.

 

“Please contact us if you feel you aren´t able to rate this book with 3 or more stars. We will make sure to give you a new assignment.”

 

In other words- My opinion is only wanted when it´s dripping with praises. Gottcha. Wait, what?!

I´m seeing this issue with a black and white mindset. There´s a high demand for reviews in the book world. And authors need reviews in order to get sales going. So, when an author kindly provides me with an ARC for their book in exchange for a review, and I type up a 2 star review because that´s how I felt about said ARC… it´s not wanted?! Well, screw that!  Authors aren´t allowed to be picky. Of course, I understand the dynamics of book promotions and that you can´t necessarily promote a book with a 2 star review. The whole idea of a book blog tour is to promote an author and their book, right? But what if I told you that a 2 star review isn´t necessarily harmful? This is something many need to wrap their heads around. 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars…. They´re generalized subjective opinions. It may be an opinion no one else will share.

A book blogger is then asked to not publish the review during the tour. Okay. So, basically, the author has saved themselves from a lesser review…. for the time being. Because they´re not interested in your opinion. They´re interested in praises and future sales. They´re interested in rainbows and unicorns.

I used to hate this so much. Most of the time I was able to give good book ratings for blog tour books. But when I did stumble upon a 2 star read, and I was asked to swap my assignment for something less “harmful for the author” I stepped away from the tour then waited until the tour was over and published my 2 star review for that same book days later.

My point is: Authors and book promo sites can´t avoid a book receiving a less than stellar rating. It´ll happen on way or another. Seeing a book blog tour with shining reviews looks unrealistic.

“Promote the book, not your opinion.” Yes, yes. My bad for misunderstanding that this is a shower the author / the book with praises tour instead of a book blog tour. How unthoughtful of me.

 

 

 

Rule #3   

Publish Your Post On Time. Preferably At An Impossible Time.

There´s a brilliant way to get on a book promo site´s shitlist- Not posting your scheduled post on time.

Whether it´s because you´ve posted too early or because you´ve posted way too late ( or not at all because you´re a ditz that has a memory of a goldfish )… You will most likely not win any plus points on this subject. Unless you´ve been sitting at your Mimaw´s death bed, you´re other excuses might not be accepted. Because there´s always the pre – scheduling option.

Yes, that small button that allows you to pre schedule a blog tour post can make your life so easy. But not all book bloggers schedule ahead. Why? Because a book spotlight isn´t a life or death situation for many bloggers. And why is that? Because many of us treat this as our hobby. Some book bloggers can´t give their hobby the attention it needs.

Still, book promo sites and authors demand to see posts go up at a certain time. For whatever reason, it doesn´t make sense.

I belonged to the people who pre scheduled blog posts. But on a few occasions, I slipped. Simply forgot about a blog tour because of a rough week at work, or having to deal with real life issues. Sometimes I forgot about a blog tour because friends dropped my unannounced with cheese and a bottle of rosé.

And because of the few times I slipped I received shit from the other end.

 

“You will be removed from our A – List. “

“I asked for all posts to go up at 7 EST.”

 

( insert appalled tone ) Yes, and I deeply apologize for holding my daughter´s hair back last night while she hung over the toilet screaming “I´m dying” as she puked the life out of her tiny body. Next time I´ll just call the babysitter. Would that put me back on your A – List?

My point is:  I understand how important a book blog tour is for an author AND book promo people. I´m aware how much authors pay for marketing geniuses to promote their work. I understand the need to make dreams come true.  What I don´t accept is how egotistical people are.  This is my hobby. We had an agreement. I clearly wasn´t able to meet the standards. This is not the end of the world. This can be fixed.  I´m not getting paid for any of this. Shit happens and when you have kids shit happens more often than not. Why this is not accepted is beyond me.

Mind you- This isn´t always the case. Some promo sites are forgiving and understanding when reality demands our attention. But many others aren´t forgiving. And I´ve simply had enough of this.

 

 

 

Rule #4   

The More Participants, The Better

 

Yes, yes. * waves off * We know. The more people who partake in a book blog tour the better. Because this means when many book blogger post about a book the further the book will travel. And that means more exposure. A total win for an author! They´re getting their money´s worth and maybe earning a buck or two. It´s their dream to see their book make it´s rounds, collecting feedback from all corners.

 

 

There´s a small yet crucial problem with this. And it has all to do with the package an author picks. Say an author wants exposure for their book. They want have a book blog tour done but only pick the simple book spotlight package. This book package offers a small feature for the book including an even smaller book info slip with social media & purchase links. Not a terrible choice but when this option is offered and 150 book bloggers sign up for this option there´s a huge chance people will be seeing this post for longer than expected. This works in favor for the author, sure. But it´s annoying, especially when these 150 book bloggers follow each other. And the problem with this is: We see the same post over and over again without having the option do see anything else that might spark our / a followers interest about that book. And worse? When the publication date is months away. Doing a book tour for a new release months before it hits the market isn´t the wisest choice. People tend to forget shit or become less interested when they know the book release is in 3 months.

But hey, at least people got to see the book, right?

This has bugged me for a long time. You get a book shoved down your throat months before it even releases.

 

 

 

Rule #5   

Don´t Expect A Thank You

I admit, this was what drove me to swear off book blog tours- The lack of recognition. The fact that book blog tours are sometimes ungrateful for a book blogger. I really don´t know how often I need to repeat this, but… Book bloggers are hard working minions who will bend over backwards for an author.  A simple Thank You has never killed anyone. I am not aware of any deaths of authors after they´ve expressed their gratitude towards a book blogger. In my opinion, the least an author could do is:

  • Visit the book bloggers blog and leave a comment
  • Follow the book bloggers blog
  • Thank them privately or publicly

I´ve witnessed authors who boldly claimed it wasn´t their job to thank a book blogger. It should be the book promo people who need to send out the thank you emails, simply because these people have been paid to do the job. To be honest- Almost all book promo people are well-mannered and thank all the book bloggers who participated in their tours. Book bloggers acknowledge that but wouldn´t it be nicer is the authors themselves took 5 minutes out of their busy, creative schedules to contact the bloggers personally?

It´s not about showering a book blogger with love. A book blog tour is about putting the author in a bright light, making them stand out so people will recognize them / their book. A book blog tour isn´t about a book blogger. We´re just needed to help. Without book bloggers, there are no book blog tours.

Every book blogger I know is starving for recognition and are often satisfied with a simple Thank You. How hard is it to say two words? It´s not and many authors who don´t get in touch with the people who promoted their books should be ashamed of themselves.

Many might not care about this. But I care. We´re living in a world where kindness is being taken for granted.

 

“They´re book bloggers. That´s what they do.” 

 

Yes, but there´s more to it than just click click, publish.

Many authors / publishers won´t bother with a thank you. A few make it a point to thank the invisible helpers.

 


 

I guess you can say book blog tours have pissed me off. That´s not entirely true. I once believed book blog tours were a brilliant way for authors to receive recognition. Now, after having seen so much go down with blog tours, I can say I´m not interested in this part of the business anymore. Because a writer isn´t the only person who exists. the 20 – 150 book bloggers promoting the author exist as well.

I write reviews under my own terms. I publish posts when I decide. I promote when the time is right for me.

As for the benefits of receiving early ARCs… The euphoria stage has passed and I´ve become a patient woman. I don´t have to read a book months before release. I have time.


 

What do you think about book blog tours? Do you participate in them? Do you enjoy being a part of a virtual book tour? Let´s chat ❤

 


 

Thank you so much for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and that you were able to see my reasons for removing myself from book tours. ( if not, that´s fine. You´re forgiven )

Much love,

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53 thoughts on “Why I Don´t Join Book Blog Tours Anymore

    1. That´s actually a great way to go about it- If you already read something then join anyways and do different posts. Yes, you´re right. There are many tours roaming around. if you´d partake in all you´d be busy promoting authors 24 / 7 instead of reading. ❤ Thanks for commenting.

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  1. I organize blog tours for authors.. But I am pro bloggers. No ratings restrictions, if someone forgets to post on the day, it is fine, I ask them to post some time in the tour week, if they can’t then I ask them to tag me when they post. I read the book before I take up the tour. If I don’t like the book how will my bloggers.
    It is a strict rule that authors have to thank bloggers either on blog or on Twitter. But not many do.
    Bloggers can do any post they want. I don’t decide.
    Hence authors don’t like working with me… I have hardly any Tours. But those are my rules. If they want honesty they can approach me, if they don’t, it’s fine!

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    1. It´s truly rare to be apart of a book blogger friendly tour. Authors should welcome your policy with open arms. They should love working with you for making a book bloggers life & their own lives easier.

      I also like that you pick the books beforehand before agreeing to work with an author. Shows you are devoted to what you do. Shows you care about yourself and about the bloggers who work with you.
      You´re doing the book world a great service with your blog tours. ❤

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      1. Hahaha I don’t have any Tours as authors don’t like my terms. ❤️ When I can’t give 3 stars for a book, how can I ask bloggers? Ah well one day I hope to get good Tours ❤️

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        1. Authors need to realize that all this is a risk for them alone. They risk their name when publishing books that have many typos or misspellings. It’s a game of Russian roulette with the readers&reviews. Sales aren’t guaranteed. What gives them the feeling that a book blog tour will be safer? I don’t get it. And yes, you’re right. If you can’t give a book 3 stars then why ask that from your bloggers? You can’t. I truly hope that your virtual doorstep will be crowded with tour requests soon. 💜

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    2. As someone who reads negative reviews before I read positive ones (I usually find the reasons someone didn’t like a book is the reason I would like a book), I would be honoured to work with you if I ever publish a book.

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  2. I don’t do a lot of blog tours and when I do I often ask for content. Only if it’s an author I already read or a book that I’ve already been looking forward to then I’ll consider reviewing. I feel there is a pressure to love a book and my words can never compete with all the superlatives from other bloggers. I’ve stopped working for a digital publisher I worked with on a monthly basis last year because they never NEVER retweeted/shared my blogposts. I don’t even needed a thank you but a like or a retweet would have made all the difference.

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    1. I understand you on stopping to work for the digital publisher. It´s a two way street. You invest time, love, energy and therefore you should receive at least a like or a retweet. God, isn´t that just sad? Not even a retweet. How easy is it to do one click? You are also totally right about there being pressure to love a book. The pressure is unnecessary though. Still, it´s there and it´s a feeling I don´t like, either. How many blog tours do you participate on average?

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      1. This year only one each month 😉, last year two or three a month but with content too because I’m a slow reader. Orenda books is by far the best publisher to work with on blog tours, very grateful and helpful and the tour organiser is also always thanking the bloggers and retweeting with a comment. It’s thanks to these people that I know how it should be done 😊

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        1. That is so great to read!😃 it’s always fab to know you’ve found someone who appreciates what you do. I’ve never worked with Orenda books before. I think once a month is decent. Gives you the opportunity to still be apart of tours but it doesn’t overwhelm you.

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  3. I participate in blog tours. Most have been through InkSlinger or Social Butterfly. They do have something that you have to check at the end that says you understand their conditions of not sharing the ARC, not posting a less than 3 star review during the tour (you can post a promo and then post your less than rating at a later date), etc. I have accidentally missed posting a tour review for a couple of different reasons and times, both I emailed the contact and apologized and they were fine with it. I just posted it late. I’ve also asked to post at different times if a date wasn’t going to work for me. I have also done a couple of tours that were handled through the author or their assistant. In those cases, I have received emails of thanks. I think it would be hard in most cases for an author to reach out individually to each person who reviewed for a tour — especially if the tour is hosted by a PR company. They probably don’t even know who is going to review their books.

    My rule of thumb now is that I only sign up for tours of authors I know, love, and would already read the book even if I didn’t get an ARC. I limit them so I don’t feel pressure.

    Great post!

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    1. Funny that you´ve mentioned the Social Butterfly. They were the only ones who met me halfways when I wasn´t able to post on time. I never requested to review for their promoted books, though.
      You right- It would be hard to thank each and every blog tour participant. But then again- There have been short posts from authors who´ve done collective thank you´s. It probably depends on the size of the participant list. Thanking 20-40 people is managable. Thanking 150 people is a little tougher.
      Thanks a good idea! Signing up for the authors you already know is a great way to still be apart of tours without crumbling under the pressure.
      Thank you for your comment. ❤ I´m happy you enjoyed this post 🙂

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  4. Ha “MANY things are a little fishy. Things that stink to high heaven.” and idiot proof had me giggling.

    I take part in blog tours but merely with content to keep my blog ticking over. I don’t review for them though as I’d rather read and review when I want and be able to take my time writing the review up and not have to rush around just to get it sorted for a specific date. I guess I also suffer from thinking that my reviews are crap and would be shit compared to others on the tour but, ya know, content, yes, review, no as I’d rather just do me.

    I like the little things, one of the tour organisers I do tours with always bothers to comment on the post and thank me for taking part. It’s only a little thing but it shows they’ve actually bothered to visit your blog and have then taken the time to leave a comment. As I say, it’s a minor thing, others might not care but I actually appreciate it rather than just being ignored.

    I don’t really agree with having to post at a specific time either, saw in a group the other day that the organiser wants all posts posted by a certain time. For me, no, as long as it goes live on the day then it should be fine.

    One thing I don’t like with tours is, I would try and share other bloggers posts on the same tour. Ya know, just trying to be decent and well, there’s cliques, some don’t reciprocate and yet they all share each others stuff. Then again that’s like reviews and nothing to do with tours, here’s a review of a book you all were praising, we don’t bother with you, we’ll ignore it but we’re all about the book love, only if it’s certain bloggers though and yet others, share, group, gang bang bloggers holding hands.

    I am one of these bloggers who would like a thank you and a retweet from the author and publisher regardless of blog tour or not for a review. Many do, many don’t and what is worse is when authors thank some bloggers and not others because they have a notion of how they like reviews to be written. I mean, fuck that shit, thank everyone or no one but when I have taken the time to write 1,000 words then even if it doesn’t meet your exacting criteria for a review fucking thank me. Authors, sigh.😂

    Think I’ve wrote enough.

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    1. I never thought about it that way… there are A lists of bloggers?
      Whilst appreciating that posting a blog post at a certain time maximises reach, what about people on the other side of the world? What about life getting in the way? And then you risk clogging up timelines with multiple blogpost all of which will then increase your risk of being muted…
      And the whole thanking some bloggers not others? Don’t even get me started on that…
      I try and reshare but honestly Twitter moves so quickly there is always the danger in missing someone out and you feel terrible guilt.
      Always appreciate a reshare or a thank you for it, but good manners seem to be well out of fashion from some publishers-imho they help identify the people you want to work with and those you don’t. An email or a blogcomment really helps!
      I agree with Orenda books, the publishers and tour organiser always takes time to thank you for promoting their books PLUS they actually read your reviews which is huge. And the ones who let you know an author was super pleased with their tours. So feedback really helps but it seems these days it’s easier to hurt bookbloggers than to help them 😦

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      1. Yeah, red carpet, spotlight, when the post goes live it’s like a film premiere, I usually have a bevvy of blogubines on my arm for my premiere as I’m an A-lister.😂🤣 I joke but yes, it is a thing. Bloggers are people, some people think they are better than others, some bloggers do too, it’s just how it is.

        Ah, that’s true and I don’t have an answer. I’ve seen many US bloggers post their blog tour posts at 9am, etc UK time because the tour is from a UK publisher, etc and I don’t know, if there are lots of stops on the tour all posted at the same time the Feed ends up with all the same stuff. As I said in the comment, I see no issue with posting any time during the day of your stop but that’s just me.

        Yeah, exactly, a reshare or a thank you is always appreciated. I know twitter moves so fast, as you say but for some tours there’s only one or two stops a day and the publisher, publicist could easily share those posts but many don’t. The worst thing is, tour organisers send you the stuff, links, author bio, pic, etc and often when it’s a publicist not an organiser you just get the tour poster and have to get the other stuff yourself which takes time and then you post and get nothing, no retweet or anything.

        Yeah, Orenda are great for sharing, I really appreciate it and Karen is always so appreciative of the reviews, it’s only a small thing but it matters.

        Ah, yeah, sadly that’s true, hurting bloggers is the in thing and always seems to happen.

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    2. I think it´s great if you ´re a part of blog tours. Especially when you do content posts and those work for you / for your blog. All´s fine as long as it doesn´t interfere with your personal life.
      Ha. Trying to be decent with some bloggers by sharing their posts from a tour? That´s risky and often just backfires. There ARE cliques. There´s no doubt about that. And when they´re all in one tour they won´t have time appreciating your kind gesture because most of them are busy with themselves, congratulating each other on each others stuff.
      What what what? You´re not a member of thehand holding gang bang blogger group???? HAHAHAHA. I´m making that club a thing.

      Oh yes. That´s actually a real thing: When authors thank some and not others. I´ve seen this happen as well. It´s not pretty. The truth about this is: Authors have their go-to people. These are often the hardcore cheerleaders who do everything in the book blogger book for authors.
      This is what I have seen and still often see:

      A blog tour ended. Author gushes their love with a 200 worded post for said bloggers. The others who participated are mentioned in the closing line “… and to everyone else who took part.” This also supports what you´ve said.

      I´m with you- thank all or thank none. It´s the little things that count.

      You´ve wrote just enough * wink * and are welcome to write more. Thanks for commenting.

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      1. Very true, go to people is an apt choice of wording. It’s not just for blog tours though, I read fantasy and well, there seems cliques galore in that community and authors definitely have their favourites. Usually the ones who write 2,000 word elaborate and highly detailed reviews and ignore others. They don’t seem to understand, they all write different types of books and bloggers write different types of reviews. Only highlighting some and cheer leading them also goes against the whole authors love and appreciate all reviews because at times, it doesn’t feel like it.

        It is! There’s no sarcasm or anything like that intended, it really is the little things that count and show that little modicum of appreciation yet sadly it is lacking in many.

        No, I’m not, I generally beat to my own drum and do what I want. Also, some of those bloggers, woof, I wouldn’t want to hold hands with them, don’t know where those hands have been!😂🤣😂

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  5. Thank you for this post! When I first started blogging, it seemed like the ultimate aim to be invited to take part in blog tours…but I would rather fill my blog with reviews of books I love, rather than those I feel like I have to read.

    Now, I sign up for blog tours if the book is one I think I will love or if it is a book that I have already read and am intending to shout about anyway. Other than that, I have had to pull back from doing blog tours because I work full-time (usually 11-12 hours a day!) and cannot always keep to time restrictions.

    I do enjoy taking part in blog tours for books I love and it is good sometimes to have the time pressure to make me sit down and try to coherently express why I loved a book!

    Having the author thank me or retweet my review always makes my day, and I feel a bit disappointed if they don’t. I even had one author who didn’t say thank you, but e-mailed the blog tour organiser to complain because I had a minor typo in my 2000-word review… (Spellcheck didn’t find it as it was a plausible word!)

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    1. You’re very welcome for this post. I’m glad you appreciate it. I totally get what you’re saying about the time restrictions. And wow to your working hours. How you still manage to go online is amazing. I’d be pooped beyond words.
      Yes. I fully understand that it’s a downer when authors don’t acknowledge what you’ve done. That that one author complained behind your back about the typo? Seriously? Authors have the balls to publish their typos but you’re not allowed to make a mistake? Pfft. The author could have contacted you directly .

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  6. I don’t do blog tours. I get enough ARCs as it is and I wouldn’t do well with all those restrictions. Yikes! It would also peeve me if my review wasn’t appreciated. It’s the little things, ya know.

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    1. You could be right about that. Maybe I am asking for too much. Let’s call it wishful thinking on my part. In a perfect world authors would be giving every participant the praises they deserve. It’s still a little sad to know it won’t happen. The organizers follow you?! That’s wonderful news for me. I never had organizers follow me. If you’re happy with recognition from the organizers then that’s fine. As long as you feel comfortable, you know?

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  7. I’ve done like three blog tours and you are listing out all the same reasons why I’ve never done more! The weirdest thing is that, lol, why would I want to do it when I’m not paid? Blog tours take themselves SO seriously, as if it’s the end of the world if something isn’t right. But it is a hobby for us. And in most cases – the book being offered is some self-pub that doesn’t even look all that good! Sometimes the organizers and authors think too much of themselves and honestly too little of the bloggers. The whole thing about posting on a set day… Yeah, I can understand why they want that, but it does create so much stress for the blogger. That’s why I’ve only ever really reviewed books from NetGalley or Edelweiss – where you can review them whenever you want. I never had unpleasant experiences with blog tours, but the materials always came late and I was always expected to change something the last minute. As if it was my job. As if I was even gaining anything? Not like they sent me the print book, even? Most of those books will cost 3$ on Amazon after they’re published, so why are we bending over backwards for them..? Clearly it’s easier to pay the author than do the blog tour? I sometimes think that.
    I have signed up for one more blog tour this summer. I feel the book will be worth it. But before agreeing, I always think twice. It’s hard what with all the real life crap that can happen. I am already a little anxious if I will manage to read the book in time! Because I’ve had so much trouble with life stuff lately. I hope I will, because that particular blog tour organizer is pretty awesome, so I am hoping for a good experience, cause it’s my first tour with them. I haven’t had a bad experience with others, per se, but the whole idea of blog tours remains super stressful to me.
    And agreed about the 3 months in advance! I think that only works for huge publishers, but everyone has adopted it as a standard – and it REALLY doesn’t work for indie or small publishers. People will definitely forget. You need to promote it just before release or slightly after it.

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    1. You nailed it with one sentence: Why would I want to do it when I´m not paid? That´s exactly the point that many ( on both sides ) are missing. These tours can be fun for book bloggers until they turn into a chore. It THEN the paid question pops up. Some organizers don´t really care- they get paid, why should they?

      OOOOOH, yes! Last minute changes were also a thing. That one slipped my mind. Good thing you mentioned it.

      Did you know that giving out printed copies for blog tours was once a thing? Back in the early days ( during the big book blogger invasion ) authors sometimes gave out printed copies to those who reviewed for their tours as a tolken of appreciation. That was nice. That gesture stopped though. Not sure if authors still do it, tbh.

      I agree with the 3 months in advance thing working for big publishing house names. This works because they have marketing masters who know how to market. Self published authors often imitate this because they believe that´s how it´s done. But not everything works for everyone. A 2 week notice is just as effective. That´s 14 days of being able to post about a book day and night.

      I truly hope the new tour you signed up for works out for you. Would be a shame if it didn´t. And I truly hope the book you picked will be worth it. Fingers crossed xx.

      Thank you SO MUCH for your comment. It´s always great to read thoughts from fellow bloggers. ❤

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      1. Sometimes blog tours still have print copies being sent out, but often only in the US or UK. I know some international bloggers who have received print books, but they’re often limited. Not as a token of thanks though – mostly just for Instagram!

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  8. I’m sooo with you.
    Did my last blog tour in March, and i have no inclination of doing another one. Ok, maybe if Stephen King does one. But even so, i’m afraid it would take the enjoyment out of it. :/

    All that timing thing… just reading that section stresses me out. I have no clue what EST is! (I have some vendors at work who give me time in EST and i bloody hate them 😀 )

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    1. Does the King bother with blog tours? Wouldn´t it be great if he did? But yeah, I think you´re right about the enjoyment floating away if it were so.
      The timing bit IS stressful. Would you believe if I told you that I had just recently learned what EST is? Lol. And that I´ve already forgotten about it? HAHAHA. I´m happy I can remember that I can only call my relatives in the States at certain hours because there´s a 6 hour time difference. I am so with you on hating the EST. But do you now know how it works? Or are you like me and immediately forget about it again?

      Can you imagine how awful it is when you have someone who lives in australia doing a tour? “Please publish 12 am australian time.” And I´m here having a minor breakdown because I have no clue how many hours ahead that is. I don´t have the global time chart hanging in my house.

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    1. Thank you. Yes. These rules are very much standard with book blog tours these days. Some have other rules, some are strict about them, some are understanding. It really depends on who you work with. I think it´s not easy to find someone who you can work with who´s also pro book blogger. Thank you so much for commenting. ❤

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  9. I just read your blog post with great interest. My debut novel is being published on May 22 and I believe my publisher is doing a blog tour for me. It was great to read about the blog tour experience from the blogger’s perspective. I can tell you as a new author, if anyone says ANYTHING nice about my book, I’ll babysit their kids, and be their friend for life. I’m really surprised that you all don’t get thank you’s all the time. I’m already grateful in advance and my book isn’t out for 6 more weeks. Anyway, I hope our paths cross one day down the road and I promise you will absolutely get some love from me and a tweet or two. There are a lot of very appreciative authors out there. Don’t give up on us.

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    1. HAHAHAHAHA. You know, you´ve just risked your career as an author. Offering to babsit kids is taken seriously among parents. It´s like a promise to a new lifeline. Another step closer to an hour of freedom. Lol. Just kidding. 🙂 Still, you just made a friend with that comment.
      I´m going to flat out say this: More authors should have your mindset. THANK YOU for being humble and for appreciating our work in advance.
      Thanks you´s are very rare in this niche. I´m not sure if that´s because people are too occupied with themselves / their work / life. It´s just sad to see this small act of kindness slipping away.
      I agree with you- There are very appreciative authors out there. I´ve even had the pleasure of working with them ( and continue to do so ). I like to say “the tone makes the music.” I apply this in all areas in life, even blogging. Communication is key and the tone there is equally important. Have a heart, expand your horizon and whatever you do, don´t forget to have fun. Sure, book tours are a business and they should be taken seriously. But people run these shows. We´re all only human.
      I truly hope my blog post hasn´t shed too much of a dark light over blog tours. * hides face * For some folks they´re wonderful. I´ve even been a part of great blog tours. This was just to show that not everything is great for everyone.
      Congrats on your upcoming release! May 22nd is practically just around the corner 🙂
      I hope your tour will be a huge success and that you´ll be able to meet many wonderful book bloggers in the process.
      And yes, I would like very much if our paths crossed one day again and that I´ll have the chance to read & review your work. There´s nothing better than meeting new authors 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it.

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  10. Thank you for this post. This is exactly how I feel about blog tours. I moved across country this fall and forgot to post on time. Oh the horror!

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    1. You´re very welcome. It´s always nice to know I´m not alone. Oh, I can imagine the horror you went through. That´s a real pitty you got hell for forgetting to post on time… because you moved. Thanks for commenting.

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  11. Eek this post just made me realise how privileged I’ve been! For the past two years, I’ve been working regularly on blog tours for an agency and a publishing house. I’ve worked with some brilliant people who are so pro-blogger!

    Thanks so much for showing me this other side of blog tours. I never knew it was this bad. 😦

    I totally respect your decision to not participate in tours anymore. You don’t need this kind of negativity.

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    1. You know, this is music to my ears ( eyes ). It´s always wonderful knowing there are blog tour organizers ( publishing houses ) who are pro blogger. These people apparently appreciate the hard work we all invest ( ed ) in these events. I´m so happy for you 🙂
      Yeah, there´s always the “dark side”. But that´s the way with things. I don´t think you´ll ever so something that´s 100% pure and good. There´s always something or someone else who can ruin it for others.
      And that´s perfectly fine. Maybe if I had worked with the agencies and pub houses you work with then I would have a diffferent perspective on this.
      Keep up with the tours. ❤ You should never stop something that works for you and does you good. 🙂

      * wave off * No need to thank me. 🙂 I need to thank you for taking your time to read this post and comment. Hugs. ❤

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      1. That’s so true! The book community does have a few bad eggs everywhere. It’s blog tours one day, trigger warnings the next. But I see posts like this calling these people out and that makes me happy. And extremely hopeful for the community as a whole. ❤️❤️

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  12. Wow…I feel like I keep starting comments with some kind of wow. Lol. I’ve never done a blog tour though I’ve thought about it. And now I’m going to go back to not thinking about it if such are the requirements. I tend to be honest in my reviews, which means if I don’t like how you did something I’m going to say so, and I might be murderous about it.

    I think this post was honest and well worth respecting. It sounds like doing book tours winds up leaving the blogger feeling used. Which is ironic because I imagine the publishers, authors, and promoters pick you because of your blog; you’ve done something right that makes them believe your blog is a good stop for their tour. Doesn’t that mean that the work you’ve done for your blog deserves credit? Shouldn’t that mean that they will agree to tour in your home under your terms? I get there being rules, or else bloggers will take advantage of this opportunity, people abuse things that’s just the way it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay. That also means it’s not okay for the people doing the tour to abuse the blogger and their platform. And for me that means if I don’t like your book too bad, don’t tell me I can’t tell other people I didn’t like it. I would hate to write about a book as though I liked it for the sake of the author/publisher when I didn’t because what’s that say about my integrity? What does that show my followers? The book tour is here and gone, my followers keep coming back because they like something I’m doing. So why do things differently for this entity that just comes and goes? Of course this also means bloggers got to use their brains and don’t sign up for a tour of an author whose other books you don’t like or a genre you’re unsure of. Not that I’m telling anyone what to do, I’m just thinking if I were to do a tour it wouldn’t be for a type of book I don’t usually read or a genre I seldom like. I don’t want to sign up for something I already know is gonna be 50/50 at best. And thank yous, a problem? Again, wow. One would think being so social would build better manners, but I am wrong. I digress…

    Props to you and your decision.

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    1. Lol. You know, I think you should reconsider. Go ahead and try blog tours out. Who knows… they might be something you enjoy. Maybe you´re lucky .-)
      You´re right. Sign up for something that feels like a good fit. I wouldn´t sign up for a tour if I felt the book wouldn´t suit my reading tastes. HA! This book blogger business is full of weird surprises.

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