A few days back, Lenore made a post regarding book pitches thrown--sometimes literally--at her. In the comments section Lenore got three or four disgruntled authors who shared their recent experiences with book bloggers. Namely:
- They’re getting dozens of requests a week for their book
- Their book has been published for some time now and they’re getting “Please send a review copy of your book to ___” messages
- They’re seeing book bloggers with a crap ton of books who don’t review a thing
- Book bloggers who only seem to post about how they can get free books
So, yeah, there’s a bit of an issue there, don’t you think?
Additionally, some other issues that have stirred the 'sphere:
- Clique-like behavior among the bloggers
- Bragging about your assets, the impossible-to-get ARCs
One of those authors even claimed her/his print run had been reduced because the publisher felt the ARC distribution had covered a substantial part of her target readership. Basically, from people passing ARCs around and such. From what I understood. This really hurts her/his career.
Anyway, what they said really interested me. Many authors publicly express their love of book bloggers--sometimes even in their acknowledgments! But I’ve yet to see one openly say what they’re finding problematic in the community, which I understand (no one wants to be labeled a blogger hater). All the same, it’d be interesting what people are taking issues with.
I thought I’d bring this to the table and ask book bloggers and authors alike how they feel about books being requested. Do you, book bloggers, feel you get much more than you can read? And what about you, authors? Your thoughts? Share your experiences? I asked this back in ’08 and authors were very open to it, but those three or four over at Lenore’s makes me think something’s changed. What happened?
On a more general note, beyond requesting and getting books, what is everyone’s take on the blogosphere as it is now?
I’d prefer if we didn’t name any names and we kept this civil. Adopt an alias if you wish to remain anonymous (I have a feeling many will, and it would help if we could differentiate between all the anons).
I think it’s important to have these conversations once in a while and see where things stand: How is the community changing? It’s much different than it was even a year ago, that much I can assure you.