The World of the Book Blogger

I have been stumbling across some blog posts by other book reviewers or former book reviewers, that honestly disturb me.

Yes, I totally understand book reviewing and blogging is a lot of work, and compensation for all of that time is a free book and zero pay.

Hey, I get it. I took a break from book reviewing myself. I was overwhelmed by stacks of books, and books on my Kindle and PDF’s of books, and I did get irritated that some books I  WANTED to read, and had purchased on my own were put to the side.

I understand what it is like to feel pressure to post a review by a certain date. I understand how book reviewing can take over your life.

What I don’t understand, is complaining about how much money you could make if book reviewing were a paid job. Am I lost? Sure, it would be the dream job to get paid to read books and give my opinion, but what happened to the sheer love of books and reading?

And when an Author posts or e-mails me about a sale or being picked up by a Publisher, I am thrilled to have been a part of that.

I also do not understand the complaints Bloggers have about being asked to post their reviews on Amazon and other social networks.

Once you have written the review, it is simple cut and paste the review or copy your link and paste it.

Somebody help me out here. I understand wanting to make money, but to me a free book, the love of writing, being one of the first to discover a new Author or new release, is awesome.

Maybe it is because I feel so fulfilled in other areas of my life, that I do not have a problem with the free book-free review exchange.

I learned a lot from the first time I started my blog, and I am still learning.

What I have mainly learned, is that open communication with Authors makes it easier for everyone. 🙂


I don’t know…

I kind of look at it as money saved on books if I’m forced to look at monetary compensation.

Sorry for sort of rambling here..

I just wish I could understand.

Keep writing, and I will keep reading! 🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. shelluch
    Jun 23, 2016 @ 15:59:50

    Thanks for your support January, it means a lot to us authors. I also, wanted to let you know that my book Past Sins is in the editing process right now for the publisher. I am hoping that once we get Past Sins out there, then the others will follow in turn. Thank you for your support and doing the reviews on my books, it is people like you and all the other people that review our books, that helps to make us authors. Whether it be a great review, or a constructive review, it helps us authors who really want to make it know what our readers our looking for. It saddens me to know that some bloggers and reviewers feel that way, as authors, we give away a lot of free books, reviews our very important to us, and bloggers and reviewers can help make or break us as we put a lot of effort into getting our books out there. Thank you again for the reviews and to all the other bloggers and reviewers who have taken the time to read and review my books. Maybe as authors we don’t say thank you enough for what you do for us, so thank you to each of you, it truly does mean a lot to us authors.

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