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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Rise of the Blog Tour

Blog Tours. Is it just me or are they taking over the world? Or rather my inbox.

I seem to be inundated with opportunities to participate in them. But the thing is they cause me stress! I only want to participate in them with publicists who I truly love working with because they have proven themselves to be reliable and wonderful. Plus they have got to know me and my tastes in books and this I value. So if they ask me to participate I trust that I will really enjoy the book.

When I first started blogging and I was invited to be part of a blog tour. I was so excited. But I really didn't know then what I know now. If only I did...

These are my niggles with blog tours:
  • You have to read the book in a given time frame
  • If you have to pass it on, that time frame is narrowed
  • Even if you don't have to pass it on, you need to fit it in and sometimes with work that is impossible
  • You might read the book and think it is awful
  • But you've already agreed to be part of the tour
  • So you write a fair and balanced review (I always do this rather than writing unnecessarily cruel things. I value professionalism)
  • But on top of your review you are giving it extra publicity
  • I didn't like the book. Why would I want to do that?
  • My blog is my personal review space not an advertising billboard
  • Who really wants to read seven reviews of the same book in seven days?
I genuinely think that blog tours remove some of the freedoms that I need as a reader. I need to be free to read what I want, when I want. I need to be free to not finish a book if I find it boring, overly descriptive, or I'm irritated by the main character. I want to keep my blog interesting and not have the content dictated by the trends and latest releases of the publishing industry. This is what brings people here in the first place...

The only way I can keep my integrity and my sanity is by saying no, thank you. Please don't take offense. It's not you, it's me.

This post should really be titled The Bookette's Guide to reasons why I am declining to take part in [insert book title here] blog tour.


Vivienne said...

I can understand what you mean. I actually enjoy doing blog tours but do feel pressured to read the books by a certain time. Although I love to read the interesting posts the authors come up with.

Keren David said...

I decided not to do a blog tour for my latest book. I just asked a few bloggers if they'd like guest posts, but there was *hopefully( no pressure, no timetable. I think a lot of the same people read the same blogs and a blog tour can mean instant overkill..
But I do hope you will read my book, without a blog tour!

Lyrical Brown said...

Send your blog tour offers my way! *desperate*

Lyrical Reviews

Becky said...

Hi Viv, it's not that I don't enjoy the guest posts. But I'd rather be sharing them from authors of my choice rather than it just be because the publishers are pushing a certain book at a certain time.

Hi Keren, I'm definitely going to read Lia. Why wouldn't I when I love your writing? Did you email me about a guest post? If you did and I didn't reply, I would guess it is because you sent it to my work email address. I haven't been brave enough to check them yet LOL

Hi Lyrical Brown, perhaps you are fairly new to blogging...? I will look up your blog.

Fiona said...

I have pulled out of my adult book group for some similar reasons. There are so many books to read and I don't want to have to read something chosen for me by someone else. Invariably I don't like the books either. Give me teen reads any day.

Amused said...

I totally understand your feelings. I have a lot of commitments and sometimes it feels like all I do is read tour books. I like tours but I have to be really really picky if I chose to participate in them.

Nomes said...

oh this is an awesome post

and i so agree with all your points (especially how it turns you blog into someone elses platform rather than it just being your blog and what you love ~ which is why i hardly ever accept review copies. i want to have my blog my own flavour and covered with bookd i love, not spend my time reading and promoting whatever publishers are sending out :/ )

Julianne said...

I've never been part of a blog tour but when I read posts that are part of them I do sometimes wish there was a little more variety in some of them. It's also much more interesting if each blog posts a small extract, for example.

Hannah Mariska said...

Great post! To be honest, as a reader blog tours can be a little overwhelming. As you say, seven posts on the same book can be a bit too much. Just reading and reviewing books for a few publishers is tough work, and makes it difficult to make sure I get to read books I really want to. Fewer, well thought out posts can work so much better to get me thinking about a book I might want to read.