Blogging Promotions and My Book Reviews

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Somebody recently asked me if I have read all of the other author’s work that I promote on my blog. It is a question that I am asked frequently.

Most often I have, but sometimes I have not. So why would I promote them?

If I am doing a book review, then I have read that book and liked enough about it to say so and recommend it. I may not have loved it, but I liked it. I can usually find nice things to say about the books I have read, after all I did choose them to read! I do book reviews at liberty and do not take requests.

I will not post book reviews for works that I could not read, for whatever reason, or works I did not like. I may post that review on Amazon &/or Goodreads, but not on my blog if it is an author not known to me. I will usually send the author a personal email if it is an author known to me. I try to keep the blog positive.

I do promotional posts and reblog indie authors or traditionally published authors I have met through blogging. Occasionally, I will post on a really good book I have read that is written by a non-blogger author, but is so very interesting to me that I think my readers may also be interested.

Books I have not read will sometimes be promoted because I feel that we all need to help each other out. So I am not really recommending them as books I know, but as books you might like to try. They may not be a genre that I am personally interested in, but having such a diverse readership, I know someone else out there might thoroughly enjoy the read. It is a way to help readers find books.

Blogging is a way to reach other people and I feel as bloggers interested in writing books we can all pass on information about books that others might find useful or interesting, a cover reveal, a blog tour, a debut, a continuation of a series, a sale. These are all ways we can be helpful and share the word.

I would spend my whole time blogging books for others if I tried to reblog everything, so I start with people who have engaged me on this blog or whom I have met on theirs. I may not pick up on everything.

I may not have read the works, it may not be your cup of tea (or mine either)…and that’s okay.

We’re all in this social media experience together.

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28 thoughts on “Blogging Promotions and My Book Reviews

  1. You’ve always been very supportive of the indie community. I think you should do whatever you like on your own blog. It was nice of you to explain, but I don’t think you owe the world an explanation.

  2. Same here. I look at reblogging stuff like that as helping a fellow author even if it’s something I haven”t read. We have varied audiences on our blogs, so you never know if you will net a few extra readers by doing so.

  3. This is pretty much how I feel about promoting others as well. I try to promote authors that I’ve met through blogging, even if their genre isn’t my “cup of tea,” because it MIGHT be someone else’s, and I do think we need to help each other out as much as possible!

    • Thanks Vince! I like to think so. There was some talk once among some author friends about starting a collaborative project to promote serious indie authors and help with exposure and distribution. I thought about that, but that’s basically what smashwords does. Not that others couldn’t do it. I think we are a pretty good bunch about lending a helping hand.

  4. I read a lot of Indie books, and if I did a separate blog post on all of them, it would change the theme of my blog and probably start to turn some readers off. So I wait until I’ve read about five or six and then do a write-up including them all. But I usually always send out an individual tweet about the book, and of course, I leave reviews on Amazon and GR. Like you, I don’t mention all the books I pick up. Sometimes it’s just not my cup of tea, and I don’t feel I can give the book a fair shake. But that doesn’t happen often. 🙂

      • I Understand completely. I have read many, but have a list a mile long. I think we all do. It goes with the blogging territory. makes me feel bad sometimes, though, when I still have great books on my reader from march of last year when they debuted and I still haven’t gotten around to them. I don’t have an order, just when the mood strikes. And in between all my new found treasures are old friends I have to go back and pick up.

    • I love your Books I Have Read page! That’s another cool and creative way to acknowledge your peers. There are many blogs that have a theme and I am not implying that all should do promos, just explaining why I do. I have been repeatedly asked, why do you promote people if you haven’t read their work or know if they are any good? Good is a matter of personal opinion. I love your humor theme BTW.

  5. I think another consideration is every blogger knows his/her blogging audience better than anyone else. When one reblogs material, one often wants it to be relevant to some extent (and when it’s not, it’s limited in its helpfulness).

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