Today’s discussion topic is a pretty common idea among book bloggers because they are well aware of their value, and they should be. Unlike a few authors who seem to underestimate the importance of these free reviewers or reading enthusiasts. So as a book blogger myself, I’ll try to emphasise the reasons why the book blogging community should be, if not cherished, respected by authors. And what better than writing a review about this package of bookish people?
Book Bloggers are magical, contemporary humans who posses the ability of interpretation of literary pieces, and the power to phrase their opinions in a set of words that would accurately sum up their feelings about the book, all the while taking out time they don’t have and not equating time to money like the non-magical people do.
These bookish people are a collection of smart, obsessive readers who are keen to get the best recommendations to their audience, and encourage only what they love. They have the power to figure out what they, and in turn their audience, would like and what they wouldn’t. If this isn’t magic in itself, maybe the way authors don’t understand why choices may differ would be…but that would be dark magic, right?
They all prefer to be contacted only after browsing their review policy because often, it sums up what they wouldn’t like, thereby saving both the parties’ time.
Book bloggers give books a place in their little internet hub, gently patting the ones they liked and choking the ones they love with a tight hug. While many readers would be doing that in person (of course, what bookworm doesn’t do that?) it’s the bloggers who get vocal about their love in this vast world of Internet, thereby sealing their endearment with an everlasting stamp of a high rating—or a fan aesthetic.
While the authors try to sell their books, it’s these fans disguised as bloggers who genuinely follow the word-of-mouth advertising and don’t sound repetitive with slogans like ‘free on KU’ or ’99 cents only’. And guess what? People actually listen to their recommendations!
So for once, authors should thank them dearly. Trust me, it would make their day.
Ultimately, they are free. How many things do you get for free now-a-days? Apart from one good book in the lot of ten that are on sale?
Book bloggers are committed to their craft; they take their time to write a review and precisely point out what they did or didn’t like in a book. This is something authors should appreciate. Of course, readers and fans are amazing, but those who don’t overlook the pacing or an underdeveloped character are all the more cool. Nobody’s asking for your heart pulled out for them but at least feel grateful for the work they’re doing. They aren’t obligated (most of the time) but stick to reviewing almost everything they read—good or bad—and promoting their favourites.
It isn’t easy to stare at a screen for hours when they don’t get that perfect adjective to describe the character who won their heart…and longer to describe someone who they absolutely despised. In return, book bloggers don’t ask for anything apart from a little regard and a mere recognition as someone who helps in a book’s publicity—because the truth is, they do.
Disclaimer: This isn’t a problem that I’m highlighting which is why I don’t have solutions for it—don’t ask me for any, either. It’s simply a thing I wanted to address so I did. Also, this post doesn’t consider all authors or all book bloggers in general and is solely my opinion I wanted to speak about. Of course, anybody is free to contradict me but please, don’t waste your and my time by being annoying and pointless, thank you!