Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!
What do we owe publishers and authors? If we accept ARC’s do we “owe” anything to them or just an honest review to our followers? As book bloggers are we obligated to do more than just review books? Post covers – participate in book tours – host guest posts - promote authors?
Accepting a book for review is making an agreement with the publisher or author - books are given to me in exchange for my honest review. And there are some authors that I'm more than happy to work with to give them additional exposure and publicity.
Cover reveals, book tours, guest posts - well I can take them or leave them personally. I don't feel any kind of obligation to do more than what I've agreed to, which is review.
Will I do additional 'publicity' for books I love or authors I enjoy? For sure - Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, announcing cheap deals, new cover designs, new books in the series - if I'm excited about something coming up, I'll tell every man and his dog about it, but I don't feel comfortable doing this for a book I haven't read, or (even worse) a book I didn't even like. And maybe then I'm taking this from professional behavior to personal behavior, but in the end I started this blog to talk about books I love, not to be a publicist.
What do you think our obligations as bloggers are?