16 July 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #14 - Blogger Obligations





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?

6 comments:

  1. "I don't feel any kind of obligation to do more than what I've agreed to, which is review."

    I think that's the key, following through with the agreed upon commitments. If a blogger agrees to just a review, then a review it is. If it's a review and a promotion or just a promotion, bloggers should follow through. Anything outside the agreement is extra. :) A bonus.

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    1. Exactly! I think this is where a lot of people feel overwhelmed, signing up for too many things.

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  2. I think its just to review it in a timely manner, but publishers also want more sometimes with blog tours or even cover reveals.

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  3. I've stopped doing a lot of cover reveals and those sorts of things. First of all as a reader I feel bombarded on that day lol but also if I don't know anything about the book or author I don't feel right promoting it.
    If we enter into an agreement with the publisher to do something then we should follow through. Anything past that should be because you want to.

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  4. I love what you said about not being a publicist. So true! If we like the books, our word of mouth will be our publicity.

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  5. I personally don't do much more than review. I very occasionally do interviews or something, but I'm not all that interested in them generally as a reader of blogs, so I don't like to fill my blog with content that's not mine.

    Cover reveals I enjoy, but I learned quickly that I don't like taking part. Maybe if it was an exclusive reveal, but I prefer doing my compilations of the week's new covers to being one of sixty blogs with the exact same post.

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