Wednesday there was a #YALIT chat happening on twitter and like with all things it can be good or bad. Last night seemed to be buzzing and the topic turned to bookmarks, buttons, bad reviews, and ARCs. ARCs are advance readers copies of books which are uncorrected proofs that go out to media in hopes of creating a buzz. After seeing a number of tweets that felt like digs at bloggers I finally turned twitter off. I normally try to stay away from drama because really there is no point.
I would like to talk about a few points of my own and what better way than my blog. I blog because I love books and I love talking about books. I tell people this all the time, I never set out to be a book blogger. I started blogging because my twitter friends wanted to know more about what I was reading and what I thought that couldn’t be explained in 140 characters on twitter. I went the first 4-5 months without knowing that book bloggers, arcs, review copies even existed.
Why does it bother me when I hear that book bloggers are in it for free books?
I own 460+ books and 10 of those were given to me by a publisher for review. I purchase the books I giveaway. I try to support every YA book event where I live and have purchased multiple copies of books when not many people show up for an event. I have traveled out of town for book events. If I receive a review copy I try to give away a finished copy in my next giveaway.
When an author sends swag they go towards giveaways. This also cuts down on expense for the author because they send 10 bookmarks to one person and we mail them out individually and in some cases internationally. In rare occasions that an author has provided extra special swag I giveaway a copy of their book to say thanks.
Bloggers shouldn’t bash books and authors!
I will never attack an author because I would never want someone to attack me. I firmly believe that not every book is for every person and just because I don’t like something doesn't mean you won't enjoy it.
How do I help promote books?
I host giveaways.
I donated close to 100 books to my local library, hospitals, and shelters during 2010-2011.
I shop library and school books sales
I promote and support events at my local indie bookstores
My goal has been to help promote books, authors, and share my love of books. You will find new authors, self published, established authors on my blog. Remember not all bloggers are the same and when statements are thrown out they affect both the good and the bad. I will continue to purchase books with or without free ARCs or swag and review them.