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Oh yeah. It’s because I might be getting more viewers today. Maybe (everyone is at BEA it seems, I wanted views still :/). So, I saw that Top Ten Tuesday, which is a meme I wanted to get round to (I knew I’d probably not be able to list ten... the jinx of three? Or maybe four!), has...
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Hoorah! Perhaps it's because of BEA? Moving on...For this, I already knew I’d only be able to list 3 but I’ve decided that’s enough because I’ll end up being quite wordy... By this I mean, if you don’t like *cough* rambles *cough* words... Yes, there may be a lot of words; something like that. Feel free to click away if you don’t like that or the topic which is about reviewing... I’ve seen a bit about all of these & I felt the urge to put my two “pennies” worth in.
What it means to:
1) To those in self-publishingIn other words, what is it like for indie authors? We don’t really care about the other “party”, Amazon. Not in this context, anyway. To them they are just things which sell lots of products & may stop a few products selling. But it’s not a massive loss if there’s an honest, or just plain negative, review out their which isn’t adding to the sales. They still have the advertising...
But what about indie authors? Can advertising match up to a review? I don’t think so.
They may not get lots of advertising like Amazon, site-wide? I don’t think so. Promotion is a big thing & that’s why it exists. That’s why book bloggers promote for them & many authors do lots themselves. Book bloggers often are along for the journey & it can be one of the most rewarding journeys. It tells us that just because a publisher didn’t put lots of work into a book it doesn’t mean the author didn’t. They did a lot of work.
And the end result? A product which can be still be bashed. Not in the same way, you can see the book around but there’s a war between indie’s & those who aren’t independent. Will this mean something? Not so much if the book gets reviews. 5* are obviously the best but anything 3* or above could potentially sell the book. Some indie’s clearly have put in half-hearted effort & decided the book is ready for publishing. Would that have 3*, 4* or 5* reviews? Not predominately by a long shot! Others have put in that work publishers would & made an outstanding book that should outsell many traditionally published books. That’s why we review them. They need the help to sell like traditionally books could and every little helps. People look at that book & know it’s been enjoyed. It promotes better & that’s why it means tons to self-publishers- we might sell books (a lot better by reviewing, ya think? That’s the point of this post). Whereas for the other party...
2) To those in traditional publicationThis is the other third (penultimate) point of the post. It’s about those publishers & their authors. We can all list a few traditionally published authors even if we couldn’t indie’s. You may not know who publishes them but they have opinions on reviews, promotion & that includes author chats. Is Twitter a promotional tool for them? For how long for?
Well, firstly when it started... I read a post the other day where Sophia Bennett said, “How the Brontes lived without Twitter I will never understand.” She was talking about readers talking to authors, not promotion. But that, in part, got me thinking for this point.
Are we tweeting & expecting it to help traditionally published authors & all the others in that industry? Or are we just trying to make a connection (I swear I do this with both but ponder this yourself...) I think a connection matters to both. Of course, reviews do matter to traditional published authors in the way that they appreciate them & often retweet them. But do they actually sell them all the time? They might not. There really isn’t a lot of promotion besides so reviews are nice to see but I’m not kidding myself that they are appreciated beyond a certain time. I love authors appreciation but will I get publishers?
I have, sort of. I always say thanks for this especially as I don’t tweet to the publishers, just the authors. There are obviously some fantastic publicists. In light of this, you’d think a publisher connection would matter, wouldn’t you (already, in my case... I’m waiting :P)? I’ve heard annoyances of it. I don’t want to be a marketing tool. I haven’t posted reviews of ARC’s (yet but my first ARC review will be of an indie book FYI); I don’t always grab & review books within 6 months of publication. So I’m not the ideal, helpful blogger. In every case. I looked forward to helping authors, publishers & you name it. But I know that, or heard from somewhere & am led to believe- I’m unsure, publishers widely tend to promote the beforehand period, if they can be rolling in money soon it’s fantastic but after 6 months? That’s why I mentioned it. After that other books are the competition and what’s more likely is the book’s sales will start to dwindle. Is it really worth it having the majority of your sales over? Only... what is it normally? 20% royalties, a third if you’re lucky? And it’s done. It’s dusted. The books are sold, promoted, reviewed & that might be it. There may be reviews later, promotions & author/reader contact. I didn’t know I had so much to say on traditional publishing but my point is, I think book reviews for these books have good days & then all the rest are not of the same significance.
I’d rather not have a fleeting moment...
But is that what I have as a reviewer?
3) To those reviewers and readersI’m not just saying book bloggers because book bloggers can have definite not fleeting moments. We’ve seen those spotlights which have stuck electrics, both ways. There’s some which aren’t making it. I like to think I’m not one of them but you can’t spot them. You can guess. It doesn’t take such a guess to see who is making it. It’s there in the stats, the review requests & the connections. Bloody hell, to quote Ron Weasley! You can watch it from the distance and...
It’s love. At first sight & every sight after that.
Gosh, this sounds corny. Hopefully reviewers & readers aren’t just after that dream. It can be one of the aims but every little helps us too! Every review request, every library book & every pageview. We can be seen more & value some reviews over each other. Personally the reviews I know authors have seen might be the ones that seemed like the most fleeting moment but they stick with me.
To us, reviews mean a lot. There’s a reason one doesn’t just read a book & tick it off.
Reviewers care. That’s what I believe. Reviews are why many of us are here. How many would just be here to promote without reading. Just promoting, just reviews... It would be horrible, I imagine, to just be bogged down in that. What if meme’s became more important than reviewing? What if tweeting was the no.1 priority? Imagine it.
Do you think they are my priorities? Do you think they are yours? What are your thoughts on the meaning of reviews? Let me know what they mean to you & if you agree or not. These are just my opinions & as always, I need yours!