150 Days Until RARE ´19 London

Only 150 days left! Hard to imagine the book signing event is practically around the corner.

To celebrate the event I´ve teamed up with my book babe, Sabrina @Brina and the Books ( who´ll also be my partner in crime at the signing ) for a little milestone countdown. On day 150, 100, 50 and day 0 we´ll be giving you insight on our RARE expectations, our unicorn authors and of course a sneak peek in the life of preparing for a book signing event happening in a different country. To sum it all up – Sabrina and I decided to reveal juicy details on day 0.

 

 

Today we´re here to celebrate the 150 days left until RARE ´19 London, Romance Author event. Why not start with our expectations? Our hopes and wishes for the event?

 

Fortunately for me, this isn´t my first RARE book signing event. I´ve had the pleasure of visiting a few in the past. I wouldn´t necessarily call myself a RARE expert but I do think I have a pretty good idea what to expect.

 

Authors and books. 

 

That´s what any book signing event is about, right? To go and see authors and have books signed. In a nutshell, yes. But these RARE signings function a little different. This isn´t just a get in – get out affair. RARE signings go a little deeper than that.

 

It´s all about having a good time.

 

If there´s one thing I´ve always experienced during my RARE visits, then it was definitely fun. Having a fun time with authors and having a great time mingling with like-minded people. RARE has never been a simple meet & move on. The promise of 150 authors for this year´s event sounds like a sure guarantee that the signing will be explosive! A bomb of a dream for a romance book blogger.RARE I´m going to unicorns

So, what exactly are my hopes for RARE ´19? I don´t have any for the event itself. Aside from meeting my favorite authors and discovering new authors I´m pretty sure there won´t be much new for me to expect ( unless the orga – team offers a Magic Mike show and a triple chocolate welcoming cake. One can always dream ). My hopes are aimed towards having a fantastic time with my friend, Sabrina.

A useless fun fact: Sabrina and I both live in Germany ( and not too far from each other, either ) and we´ll be meeting for the first time in person in London. How sad is that, huh? I can´t seem to get my booty in the car and visit her but here I am booking flights to meet my friend… in a differently country ( the shame is real, y´all ).

Also, while spending time with my favorite fellow book blogger and friend I´ll also be enjoying the event with my bestie Lindsey.

 

 

What I also expect is to be financially ruined for a few weeks afterwards. Books aren´t cheap, guys. I see a very dark and penniless future ahead. Not sure how I should feel about that.

 

My face while thinking about how poor I´ll be

 

Of course, I expect to walk out of the event with a shit load of books and more swag than I can handle. It´ll be a blast! Spending time with my loved ones and lusting over books will be awesome. Because that´s what respectable adult bookworms do.

 

 

That´s it for the 150 day mark, my lovely bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed.

Be sure to check out what my book babe, Sabrina @Brina and the Books Rare ´19 London expectations are. ♥ This will be Sabrina´s first RARE event and she´s definitely got some exciting things to say. 

Before I go I would like to know:

 

♥ Have you visited a RARE signing? Would you like to visit RARE? Have you been to other book signings? What was your experience? Let´s chat. ♥

 

Wishing you all the best.

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Why I Don´t Join Book Blog Tours Anymore

Book blog tours- You either love them or 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 of life, the 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 of 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 anyway, you know? This is not me condoning piracy or anything. All I´m saying is that there are some tech-savvy bastards out there. By agreeing to not do so by clicking a checkbox 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 checkbox 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 those 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 one 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, your 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. I 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 of 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 bloggers 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 to 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 of 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 to see anything else that might spark our / a followers interest in 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 backward 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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Mr. Male Protagonist, Why Do You Growl?

Romance readers will know about this. Erotica fans are familiar with it. Even Young Adult lovers have seen this occasionally in their beloved innocent books.

 

Growling male protagonists

 

A reaction from a male character in fiction novels triggered mostly by jealousy and / or approval.  But why?

Let´s do a quick run down on living beings that growl

 

  • animals

 

That´s it. Growling is a low, guttural vocalization produced by predatory animals as an aggressive warning but can also be found in other contexts such as playful behaviors or mating ( thanks Wiki * wink * )

So, why are we reading about CEOs, lumberjacks, bad boys and the hot quarterbacks in contemp. romance / young adult / erotica novels growling when it´s clearing an animalistic behaviorism?

 

 

(Warning: Interesting short fun fact ahead)

If you hadn´t known already, there are similarities between human body language and animal behavior. It´s actually interesting to know how human body language resembles the non verbal communication of animals. We can be cocky like cats, we signal aggression like dogs by baring our teeth and we gesture like apes. ( end of fun fact )

And this is okay. To describe a man´s movement by comparing him to a panther isn´t a problem. Sounding like a panther is.

Do we growl? Like actually growl? And what has authors thinking growling is an acceptable reaction? And why is it only male characters who growl?

I´m one of those readers who can get completely lost in a book. Once I´m invested then that´s it- I´m all in. I´m also the type that reads and fails to see someone else´s logic no matter how poetic it may be.

 

“He let out a growl…”

 

A line that has come up in almost all of my novels that have territorial Heroes. Aah, that word: Territorial. Another word that´s often associated with male protagonists. They are territorial. Sure. Why the hell not, right? It´s supposedly hot to read about a guy growling his way in to a woman´s knickers.

10 years, people…. I´ve spent 10 years of questioning this in romance novels and have only recently asked myself what I would do if a male would growl near me. Would this even happen in real life?

 

My first thought and facial expression would be, without a doubt, this, should a man ever growl in public:

 

The thought alone of the husbutt growling his approval when seeing me in a dress would definitely earn him this reaction from me:

 

And should he ever growl because he´s jealous then I might have to use physical education:

 

This is not to say that growling should be banned from all modern romance literature. Growling works beautifully for fictional characters in paranormal romances and fantasy novels or (!!!) for contemporary romances that involve male characters who´ve once been feral children that have had been forced by nature to adapt to wildlife and animals- Technically, they´re allowed to growl.

“I heard a low threatening growl from somewhere in the room. It was him.”

 

Me when I read that line in a contemp. romance novel

 

So, my question is:

Mr. Male Protagonist,

Why do you growl? Why not just smile with pride, use a great comeback line,.. or how about moaning? If you´re going to do something during your less animalistic sex then you shouldn´t growl.


QUESTION Of The Day:

Am I alone with my thoughts? Do men these days growl? Have you ever heard of a female character in novels growl? What are your thoughts? Does a growling male protagonist bother you? What do you think about growling in general?

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Book Discussion: To “Like” Or To Leave A Comment?

Original source: Dominic Sceski   The Reason Why People “Like” But They Don´t Comment

Where I spotted this post:   author Mel Cusick – Jones blog


 

What do you do after you´ve read a blog post? Do you leave a “like” or do you leave a comment? Do you do both, or are you one of those silent ninjas who just read and move on?

I admit when I saw this post I dropped everything to have a closer read. Because why wouldn´t I want to know what other bloggers believe could be the evil issue behind this like & comment dynamic? It´s interesting… or, let´s just say I find it interesting.

I live for statistics and diagrams ( yes, I´m one of those people ).  I like to take thinks apart and see how things work. But getting down to the nitty gritty of WHY people are more inclined to hit a like button and not comment? That sounds like a year long mission. It might be impossible for someone to figure this complicated issue out. But there might also be an easy answer to all this.

 

Dominic´s post was a joy to read. Straight to the point and informative.  I agree with what he believes are the reasons for why people “like” and not comment. ( If you haven´t already, I recommend reading his post. It´s interesting ) I also believe there´s more to it than the reasons he mentioned.

Dominic has stated that it´s a matter of what makes people comment on a blog post And that would be:

 

A sense of blog personality

 

It´s true that if a blog doesn´t offer some sort of personality a blog post will probably  seem like a robot- cold, clinical, technical…. The people who follow said blog know about the posts but they won´t “know” the blogger if there isn´t something that includes a speck of humanity.

This also applies to blogs / bloggers offering too much personality. As soon as things turn into “me, myself & I”  then they can easily slip into the “they´re so full of themselves” category.

How will anyone be able to comment on someone´s work if they have little or too much personality?

So, it´s about finding a healthy middle way.

 

 

Hmm… But not everyone can do that. Okay- let´s move on.

It doesn´t end there. Having a decent online presence isn´t the only thing you need. A blogger would need to also publish posts people want to read about. There´s a problem with that, though- What is it exactly people want to read about?

 

So, we have two big points that need to be addressed, followed by questions that need answers:

 

  • Have a personality that´s appealing to the general audience
  • Have the content people want to read about  / need

 

Unfortunately, these points open a whole new can of questions.

 

  • How do I know if my personality is appealing or not? 
  • What if I have a great personality?
  • How can I run a personal blog if it doesn´t represent me, myself & I?
  • What if I am up to date with my topics?
  • Is my content less valuable because I´m not publishing what´s needed?
  • What content can I offer that gets people to comment?

 

Tricky, isn´t it? It sure as hell seems like it.

Now here comes the part where I agree with Dominic´s post to some extent:

Yes, having a personality is important. But who´s to say what type of personality works best? Because the world is filled with people, and people. There are young and older book bloggers. Parents and people without children who blog. Introverts and extroverts who type their fingers sore from blogging. All these types of people will most likely have different personalities and life priorities that will  influence their personalities in one way or another. And as it is with bloggers, there are different types of readers. People who seek out certain content that has `hopefully` been written by people who´s personalities speak to them. Because, yes- people feel comfy with others who fit their bill. 

 

In a sense, it´s a matter of liking a personality.

 

Let´s take my sorry self as a totally random example ( because I have no one else at the ass crack of dawn who´ll play guinea pig for me ):

I´m an extrovert. I´m outgoing and love to meet new people. I´m straightforward and I have a take it or leave it attitude. All this will reflect in my posts because that´s just the way I am. There will be people who won´t be able to relate with my posts. There will be people who won´t like my personality because it comes across as too crass. But there will be people who will approve. There will be some who don´t feel intimidated / offended / bored.

And this is where I can answer the first 3 questions from above:

 

  • Your personality, whatever type you have, is appealing. There will always be people who will appreciate the character of your posts. You can be an asshole or a wallflower – You will find your audience. 
  • Maybe it´s not your personality but a slight lack of confidence in specific areas? Say you have a great post, a wonderful personality but your post didn´t end with an invitation for a discussion? 
  • Your blog automatically has a personality when you include your opinion or thoughts. The moment you include “I think.. / I believe.. / In my opinion..” you´re already revealing pieces from yourself. This personal info can be tiny or lengthy but you´re still there. 

 

As for the content:

Unless you´re a gossip blog there will hardly be anything unique you can write about that hasn´t already been seen / read before. We live in a fast moving world where stuff is being published by the minute and all the hype over controversial topics, all discussion posts have already had their shining hour. This should always be remembered when becoming a public figure:

 

The demand is high, but the number of suppliers is higher.

 

Meaning – there is competition. Granted, book blogging is for most a hobby and therefore can´t be considered a rat race ( although some think it´s just that ) but there are more book bloggers out there than you can imagine. It will be impossible to stand out unless someone comes up with a shockingly brilliant marketing idea ( naked bookstagram features, just offering a suggestion. lol ).

For me, the comments and `likes `ratio isn´t a personality problem. It´s more about  “fitting the bill”.

If a blog has over 2000 followers and only a handful are active fans ( the people who leave comments and likes ) then the problem lies more likely with

 

  • the majority only followed in hopes for a follow – back
  • the majority doesn´t spend time reading a blog feed
  • people don´t care
  • the majority is too busy with themselves
  • the majority of followers are silent ninjas: read & move on

 

And all this isn´t terrible because this is how the world works.You can have the best personality ever and have the best blog posts ideas, well written content, etc. and STILL be subjected to a few comments despite your large following.

Also, by working harder ( or by giving your online personality a shift ) to gain more followers  there´s a huge chance you´d only be pushing numbers around.

 

2000 followers = 20 – 40 comments

4000 followers = 40 – 80 comments

 

Of course, I could be wrong. I could also be right. What do I know? I´m just a book blogger trying to figure this whole thing out at  3:25 a.m.

As an experienced book blogger, I can easily say that gaining comments and likes takes time. You have to invest time to find like-minded people who´ll recommend you/your work and invest more time waiting for others to find you. This is easier said than done but it´s possible.

Remember- your content is valuable. Your ideas and thoughts or even your reviews are contributing to the book blogging community. If you´re a book blogger and you´re wondering where the comments from all your 2000 followers are – There´s no need to worry ( unless you purposely shit on someone, then you need to worry ) Book blogging is not about comments or likes ( although it´s nice if they appear ). It´s supposed to bring a book blogger joy or some sort of satisfaction to express themselves and share their thoughts.

As for myself- I love to comment and like on other posts. In some odd way I see commenting as a form of recognition. “Hey, I actually read your post.” is what my comment ( aside from my actual comment ) is saying. A like is quickly given but doesn´t hold as much worth as a comment. But this is just me and my opinion.

Others might not feel comfortable commenting. Others might not feel the need to comment. Who knows. We can´t and never will be able to read people´s minds and win the comment war ( just as authors will never win their review war )

Should you be a blogger who  wants / needs the comments under your posts because you´re on some bookish mission then there are ways to reach that goal. Prepare yourselves to dive deep into the book blogger treasure chest because there´s a whole lot that can help generate comments.


 

How about you? What are your thoughts on why people rather like than comment? Have you experienced this problem? Let me know in the comments below. ❤


 

Thank you for taking your time to read this post. It´s much appreciated.

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The Art Of Surviving As A Book Blogger

And authors think they have a hard time. * snorts * Try asking some book bloggers how difficult they have it sometimes and I bet you´ll get a mile long list of things that have made their lives harder.

At some point, every book blogger is confronted with profession related difficulties. Whether it´s from simple human interaction or due to an occasional schedule hiccup… We struggle.

Kind of weird considering this book blogging business is “just” a hobby for the majority of us. A hobby that doesn´t pay ( much, if at all ). There are book bloggers that are actually making some bucks but the rest of us? We´re riding this train for fun.

 

So, where does the surviving part come in to all this? I´m glad you asked. Have a seat and a drink while I just unroll my trusty scroll. In all honesty though- How book bloggers survive completely depends on the book blogger. I cannot speak for everyone. Although, I might be able to speak for the majority of the book blogging community.



 

we survive 1

This might sound a little dramatic but there is no other way to describe what happens after we finish a book. It´s like being forced in to an open field where all sorts of emotions start to run lose. A book can evoke strong feelings from a reader and these feelings can leave invisible scars. Say you´ve read a beautiful book and it leaves you in a book funk. You´re ruined and can´t find the strength to touch another book. Or let´s say you´ve read the shittiest book EVER and feel like ranting about it. But hey, either way, you survive.

 

 

 

We survive 2

These questionable authors… Oh, how I´d love for them to all meet on a remote Island so they can have a go at each other instead of us having to deal with their unbelievable crap. You might not have had contact with a questionable author, but some of us blogging folk have. And it ain´t fun. Sometimes they´re picky, arrogant and so full of themselves. They can be demanding and exhausting. These authors are able to make book blogging less fun. Because questionable authors are down right rude. Hey, you want something from me? Be nice. Do you like my review but would like for me to rewrite it for whatever reason? Then write your own review.

Some things these questionable authors do often leave me speechless. Which isn´t easy to accomplish. But, hey… we always have the option to remove ourselves from the face of the earth and let them try finding someone else they can use if things don´t go as planned.

 

 

 

we survive 3

We might think we´re not in the limelight but sometimes we are. Aside from comments and the occasional like on our posts we have no way to track down who actually took their time to read our work. But we do find out when our posts are shared and analysed online. We also have friends who have friends who again, have friends. Word spreads fast and we eventually find out who´s been working the gossip mill. We all might be spread throughout the world but we´re still just a click away from one another. The internet has eyes, people. Never forget that.

 

 

 

we survive 4

Every book blogger can become a target for the angry fan mob. All it takes is a 3 star book review for their all time favorite book. There´s no point in hiding. These fanatics will find you  even if it´s the last thing they do. And when they find you, you have two options.

Option #1    Stand your ground and call up your inner William Wallace to defend your review.

 

Option #2     Run.

 

A combination of the two is also not a bad choice. First fight back then run away and hide. I´ve heard it works for some.

The important part is, though: We survive the angry literary fan base mob.

 

 

 

we survive 5

It´s quite an intimidating moment when a book blogger gives you ( wanted or unwanted ) feedback on your post. For most of the time the feedback us book bloggers receive is great. Words of encouragement are given, positive statements are left in the comments of our posts. But sometimes we publish things that strangely provoke other bloggers.

Here are a few totally random examples:

  • including pictures of animals ( it´s impolite )
  • using foul language  ( it´s fucking crude )
  • not having the right kind of empathy  ( it´s unacceptable and a crying shame )
  • not thinking in general  ( that´s what they think )

For whatever reason these book bloggers feel it´s their sole duty to lecture other book bloggers on book blogger etiquette ( as if there was such a thing ).

The self declared Lord Commanders of the Book Watch ( if you will ) are often more opinionated than any entertainment critic, dead or alive.  Yes, the idea of trying to give someone a lecture on how to go about things for a hobby that doesn´t require ANY type of qualification is ludicrous. Yet, it still happens to book bloggers.

And every time it happens we survive.

 

 

 

we survive 6

This sounds harmless, right? Well, it depends. We´re a busy bunch with having to juggle reading, writing reviews, reading ARCs, maintaining social contacts, working social media, etc etc. Blogging can get overwhelming. If we´re not super careful we can get carried away with adding new books and accepting cover reveal posts ( blog tours in general ). For some of us- Our biggest enemy is time and the fact that we´re constantly trying. Trying to squeeze in another post. Trying to do an author a favor. Trying to get those reviews up. One could say we try too hard. Because we don´t always succeed. Even with a packed schedule and the promise we made to include a cover reveal post for X author, we sometimes fail. This is because we´re only human. We fuck up. And we survive.

Of course there are well organized book bloggers who keep a well organized schedule. I´m not one of those. Are you?

 

 

 

we survive 7

This is not a book blogger´s fault. It´s the book that kept us up all night we should blame. “Just one more page / chapter.” and before we know it we hear birds announcing the ass crack of dawn. Some of us are able to survive on 2 hours of sleep. Some of us flip the clock off and start a new book ( because why the hell not? We technically have a good hour to spare before we hit the shower ). For reasonable people this is an unacceptable act that compares to idiocy but for us book people… We were able to get that page / chapter and so much more in, so we won at life.

The day might feel a little torturous for us but hey…. we´ll surive. We always do. There´s always the weekend to catch up on sleep, right?

 

 

 

we survive 8

With all the hard work book bloggers pour in to their hobby they don´t nearly receive the recognition they deserve. It doesn´t matter how big or small the book blog is or how well known they are –  the one thing that´s important is always missing.

Even if us book blogging folk love our hobby there´s no ignoring the position we are in.

We´re the middle men in this book universe, sandwiched between publishers / authors and the consumer. Money is always flowing around us, just not close enough for us to have our share. The publisher / author wants to make money and the comsumer spends money that travels over our heads and straight towards the publisher / author. For some strange reason money is not an option for the hard workers who read and recommend day and night.

But other things are. Book bloggers might not bathe in cash but they´re sometimes showered with books or other book related items as a token of appreciation for the love, sweat and energy given.

Just as important is the lack of verbal recognition. This doesn´t apply to every single person because some people actually share posts from fellow bloggers and even authors do a quick shout out for a book blogger. Which is wonderful. But it´s like a drop on a hot stone. More authors need to help spread the word. Sometimes book blogging feels like a one way street. More publishers should go out of their way and mention book bloggers in public more. This might not feed a book blogger but it´s balm for their souls to see their work has been noticed by the people who´re indirectly making money off them.


With all that book bloggers experience it´s safe to say, no matter what we´re confronted with, we always survive. How do we do it? Sadly enough, not many of us aren´t able to deal with these things and end up quitting book blogging. As for the rest who remain: we ignore, we drink cocktails or have late night snacks to digest it all. Or, we just read and more foward.

 

Is there something you would like to add to this list? Do you agree with these points? Let´s chat ❤

 


 

Thank you so much for taking your time to read The Art Of Surviving As A Book Blogger.

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