I have found myself a little shocked recently at how much book bloggers are seen as people who gain in some way from what they do. So I thought I’d do something a little different today with this post and try to explain what I do as a blogger and how it is for me personally, Mrs Typical Book Blogger.
BUT YOU ONLY DO IT FOR THE FREE BOOKS, DON’T YOU?!?
Eh……NO!! And I probably don’t get as many books as you think. I’m a member of netgalley and get the majority of my review books from there. I’m not autoapproved by lots of publishers on there either-only two major ones Bookouture and Penguin Michael Joseph. And I only got the MJ one due to an email asking them what I could do to my profile to improve my chances of approval as they always declined my requests. And I am NEVER approved by Orion either but I take it on the chin, buy the book I want and move on.
I rarely get book post-I now have two publishers who send me books on a regular basis and one of those was probably because she got fed up of other bloggers asking why I wasn’t on a particular blog tour! I don’t ask for books unless they are offered in a general tweet. I have never again approached a publisher to ask for a book after a rather awkward incident where an author contacted me saying they wanted me to read their new book and could I ask the publicist for a copy. I did-she was very rude and so I just bought the book myself. That also leads me to say (after a rather nasty comment on one of my posts) I DON’T have a copy of the new Paula Hawkins and I won’t ask for one either! I have preordered it just like other fans!!!
I don’t get invited to lots of events!! I went to my first book launch this month for Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister and I went to a publishers lunch at Harrogate last year but that’s it! Any meet ups I go to are usually organised by TBC where I can meet other like minded people (it’s fabulous to have authors, bloggers, reviewers and readers all mixed up together having fun!) or a couple of times a year I go to the Author/Blogger Shenanigans organised by the lovely Kim Nash.
I only blog about books I have actually read and enjoyed. I choose my books well so I’m rarely disappointed. I will also only be part of a blog tour if I have read and enjoyed the book.
I am contacted by authors to review their books but if it’s not my thing then I say NO!! There is no point in me reviewing an manga zombie apocalyptic rom com because I am not going to enjoy or recommend it! *cue authors of manga zombie apocalyptic rom coms sending books my way saying I shouldn’t knock it till I’ve tried it* but it’s not my thing and it’s not what readers of my blog expect.
So there you have it! I’m just a reviewer of books who happens to also review on a blog.
WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY-SURELY YOU JUST SPEND HALF AN HOUR WRITING A REVIEW?
I live in a madhouse and have done for years as unfortunately it’s my home! My eldest daughter and her daughter live with me and my Grumpy Scotsman and have done for last two years since her relationship broke down. My other daughter moved back in with her partner and son at Christmas as their new house which was supposed to be ready by then wasn’t (and they still have no set moving out date!!) I work in a school for 2 hours a day and I also have an eBay business. I look after all of my four grandchildren while their mum’s work. I’m not saying I’m busier than anyone else just that I fit my blog into my busy life.
I wake up and I’m straight away on my phone sharing posts from WordPress and emails onto Twitter. I then share my blog post for the day into various Facebook groups and catch up on what’s happened in the world of books and blogs while I’ve slept.
Up to get showered, dressed and give the little ones their breakfast before taking them to nursery or school.
Home to a quiet house apart from the two mornings when I have the baby! I have a coffee, make myself some toast and marmite and settle down at my desk (the dining table-after cleaning up Weetabix spills!!) Now I turn my attention to Twitter to thank all those who have shared that days post already and share anything on there that’s interesting in the book world. I check my emails and update my diary then share that days blog post onto Amazon and Goodreads and also check what books have been published that day. I will then share any reviews I have written of those books on Twitter, Amazon etc and tag publishers and authors.
Home from work and have my lunch. Usually homemade soup (I make THE best soup!!) If there has been book post I jump up and down like an excited 3 year old. Then I will make sure I photograph the book and share on Twitter and Instagram. THIS IS NOT ME SHOWING OFF!!!! This is me thanking whoever has sent it and acknowledging it has arrived. Then I check my emails again to download any blog tour packs and add them to posts I have prepped ready. You’ll notice that I’m now at 3 in the afternoon and have yet to pick up a book to read or write a review!!!
Kids back to Nanas house and it’s a flurry of homework and jacket potatoes for tea with a quick coffee for me as I’m flagging by now. How grandparents older than me manage I do not know!!
So kids have all gone home or to bed and I depart to the kitchen to cook some food, drink some gin and nibble a few Twiglets (I’m obsessed!!) then…..relax!!!
Reading time!!! I will read a paperback book downstairs now usually accompanied by a coffee and some chocolate (Twirls are a favourite if anyone wants to get on my good side!!!) I will also spend time writing a review if there is one due as well. This involves doing buy links, posting pics of the book and the blurb which sometimes takes more time than writing the actual review!!
I don’t sleep (I have tried everything even a new mattress. It was very expensive but no one told me a memory foam mattress plus a menopausal woman was NOT a match made in heaven but in the fiery bowels of HELL!!!) so I will read on my Kindle till I fall asleep. Some nights I can read a whole book before this happens!! I also do a final check on the blog post scheduled for the morning to double check spellings and tags etc. Or spoilers heaven forbid! I used to write reviews in bed after finishing a book but realised when I checked them in the morning that they are the biggest load of gibberish you’ve ever read. My review of one crime thriller actually had a sentence that said “and then the Christmas trees are coming.” Nope, no idea where that came from!!!
And the next day I get up and do it all over again as I blog most days. I try to fit in my eBay stuff on Saturday and most of my Sunday is spent writing reviews-sometimes as many as four which can take me most of the day.
SO WHY DO I DO IT??!!!
Yes it is more work than I ever realised but I LOVE IT! I love the people I have met through my blog and the authors I have had contact with as well. But my main reason for doing this is THE BOOKS!!! Books have always been in my life. They pretty much ARE my life! They have been there for me in my darkest times when nothing and no one else has. I have no hidden agenda apart from spreading the book love!!!! And my blog is just my own little home away from home where I can relax, be me and tell people about the most amazing book I have just read.