I know I have been a bit quiet the last few weeks, mostly because there hasn’t been a ton to bring up. But also, there have been a few behind the scenes moments that have crept up, and I thought I would do one post to clear the air in case anyone had similar concerns. I hope this doesn’t come off as whiny, since I mean it only to answer a few issues which have been brought up by readers here. Some of these are variations on the same theme, so bear with me. This is guaranteed to be long winded.
It was brought to my attention that I can unfairly tend to focus on certain authors while barely giving others a passing mention. Why is that? Do I get freebies out of it? The answer is yes I do focus more on some authors, and no I don’t get anything out of it. Well, let me rephrase and say that in all my years of blogging, this is the grand total of my “payoffs”…
That is six ARCs, one print book, and just recently Ilona Andrews e-mailed me and gave me an e-pub AND a mobi copy of One Fell Sweep (and let me tell you, seeing an email from Ilona Andrews? Surreal). And I got excited for every single book I was sent. I was grateful for them all, enjoyed them all, and felt a bit guilty that I was getting them. This is such a small blog that I what I say or do doesn’t have much of an impact, so I don’t pull down copies of things left and right. I do quite often get offered books, but since I don’t review I don’t think it is fair to accept them. Honestly, there are really only two reasons some authors get more page time than others. One big factor is how active each author is in keeping their own info updated. I can’t talk about what I don’t know, so the writers that are active on Facebook, who blog and keep their release schedule current, and who make a point to keep their readers in the loop about what is going on are the ones I talk about. The other is that, bluntly put, I like some authors more than others and so I keep better track of them. It might not be completely fair, but it is true. The ones I get excited for are the ones I
stalk follow the most, so they are the ones I am most likely to talk about.
That is why I make it a point to ALWAYS state where I stand on an author and their work. You might wonder why I always yammer on about being a fan girl for Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh, or Kelley Armstrong, or ramble on about someone being on my TBR or the fact that I haven’t read them. When I talk about Christine Feehan, I want you to know that I have every book and get them all on release day, no matter how many times I roll my eyes. When I comment on Sherrilyn Kenyon, I want you to know that I am working my way through her books on my TBR pile. That way, you know where I am coming from and can take what I say accordingly.
In a similar vein, it was also mentioned that I seem biased against indie-authors. I don’t mean to, but I can see where it comes off that way. I do very much tend to focus on traditionally published authors, and most of it comes down to what I said above – I can’t talk about what I don’t know, and in many cases it is much harder to keep track of indie releases. For example, we know that Nalini Singh’s next Guild Hunter book will be released on September 21st, 2017. But in many self-pubbed cases, you are lucky to get a weeks’ notice before a story is released. So a lot of the time, a book has already come out before I find any listing for it. I guess I should say that they just slip through the cracks. But feel free to recommend a favorite indie author for a spotlight post, or send over a review, and we can get them the page-time they deserve.
Finally, it was mentioned that I shouldn’t comment on authors I haven’t read, or I shouldn’t say I have no interest in reading something because it isn’t fair to the author. This came up after a recent cover lover post where I said that I probably wouldn’t be picking up any of the books I had featured. This is tricky because while I can see the person’s point, it was just me being honest that since I don’t read YA much anymore, I had no intention of buying any of them. I didn’t say that they sounded bad, or that I had heard bad things about them, just that they didn’t appeal to me. I do still have personal opinions, and they are bound to creep in once in a while. I am going to try and be more conscious of this from now on, because I don’t want to come off as negative about perfectly good books. It is like the Anita Blake series. I do the cover lover posts for it, and keep track of it in the new release sections, but from what a lot of you have mentioned here over the years I know it isn’t my thing. Others love it, which is great. I need to be more conscious of not letting my lack of interest in something come through in what I post.
So, very long story short – yes, I do favor certain authors and I always will. Can’t help it. Not because I get anything out of it, but because they bring me joy and work hard to publicize themselves. I own my fan-girlyness proudly. I try and be as inclusive as possible, but many self-pubbed authors do slip by me no matter how hard I try, however if there are authors you would like to see featured here just let me know. And while I might be a blogger, I am first and foremost a reader who has opinions, likes, and dislikes, and sometimes it shows. And most importantly?
ILONA ANDREWS E-MAILED ME AND SENT ME A BOOK.