Well guys, here we are. The last discussion post of the year!
…which might actually confuse you all slightly, since I upload them every Wednesday and this is very obviously not the last Wednesday of the year. BUT after uploading a discussion post every single week for a year, I’ve come to the point where ideas are running low. So A Frolic Through Fiction is taking a li’l break from it’s weekly discussions – and with the amount of posts coming from me this December (trust me, there’s A LOT), what better time for the break than now? But don’t you worry, they’ll be back early 2017. Just need some time off to think of new topics!
And so we get to this week’s topic, inspired by the recent BEA changes.
Should publishers do more to appreciate the work of book bloggers?
Now, I don’t know much about the whole BEA situation. I live in the UK, so I’ve not really looked into the American book conventions because in reality, I’ll never go. However. I certainly couldn’t miss the rage of the bloggers who were affected by BEA’s new changes. Apparently, there’s a whole application process you have to go through just to have a chance of going, and this year they’ve made it so much more difficult to get in. Or “professional”, they call it. I had a quick look through and it does look quite difficult to fill all the questions in. Not only that, but it’s ridiculously expensive.
But I do get it. I remember how much anger was circulating through the online community after the last convention, when people realised that a few of the people going to BEA would hoard ARCs and even sell them. I understand that this is their attempt at listening, at sorting the issue. Still, a few bad eggs ruin the experience for everyone else.
Let’s face it – blogging is hard work. A lot of hard work.
Not only do we spend hours typing away, but we have to promote our own work constantly in the hope of getting any interaction. Then there’s the design – the design of our blogs, the photography, the title images and graphics for each individual post. All done in our spare time and for free.
And the sheer amount of influence we have on the publicity of books can’t be ignored either. Booktubers are popular for reviews, sure, but written reviews? Well, that’s what the majority of us are here for. And it’s not even just reviews. Every single post we write is about books, promoting them to anyone who will listen.
And yes, we do this because we love to. We love reading, we want to talk about books, so we do. But sometimes, when situations like these changes to BEA come along, bloggers might feel like they simply aren’t appreciated enough. All this free publicity we’re giving them, only to be told we can’t go to their fancy convention because we’re not professional or rich enough? Well that’s just charming, isn’t it? Granted, that’s the more “extreme” of cases – and it’s not really the publishers, it’s the organizers of the event. But even little things, like the publishers sharing your twitter link to good reviews, or a simple “thank you for writing a review!”…Not that common, are they?
Personally, it doesn’t bother me at all.
I do all this because I love to. I expect nothing from the publishers in return.
I’ve been lucky enough to see some benefits from my work as a book blogger (and now booktuber). I’ve been sent ARCs from publishers and authors, which I’m so incredibly grateful for. I never thought in my life that I’d be able to work alongside publishers, helping spread the love for books. And if anything, it’s helped me find my way in the world, because I now know specifically that I want to work in Publishing when I’m older. I want to be on the flip side of where I am now, working as a book publicist, being the one seeking out bloggers to send ARCs to and raving on social media about how great all the books are.
Yes I know there’s more to it than that but this post is already long enough so shhh
Here’s to hoping I get there.
I see book conventions and wish I could go. Where I am now, I’d have no chance of saving up enough money to travel to London – where the majority of them are in the UK – nevermind staying there for an entire weekend and having enough money for the convention itself. Do I begrudge the publishers for that? No. It’s not their fault. Sure, it’d be nice if I could go, but it’s just something to aim for in the future.
I do all this because I love to. I will never stop saying that. Anything publishers do to acknowledge me and my blog/booktube is appreciated by me way more than they probably realise. Any shares, tweets, reposts, mail, follows, anything at all, from anyone. I cherish them, take them to heart and appreciate it beyond words. But I don’t set out to win them. I’m here because I love it.
So now it’s your turn!
What’re your thoughts on this?
Do you think publishers need to appreciate book bloggers more?
Does it matter to you whether a publisher is interactive with bloggers or not?
How do you think would be a good way for them to show their appreciation?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Also, if you have any requests/ideas for future discussion topics in 2017, please do let me know! I’ll be creating a list during the break so I’ll write down all ideas 🙂
Until next time…
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