Top o’ the morning to ya! You know because it’s St Patrick’s Day. Have a green beer but not too many or you’ll be green tomorrow.
And here is a PSA about St Paddy’s Day. It’s a grumpy one.
Anyway. The big news is Google Reader is being disappeared. I don’t know what Google’s deal is. It’s like the CBC. Give the people what they like and then randomly take it away from them and replace it with something they’ll never like (Google+). I don’t know what I’ll replace it with to read all my feeds. I’m watching to see how the early adaptors take to whatever they’re switching over to. It’s a pain.
I wonder if my 500 Google Reader subscribers to my blog feed will simply never resubscribe when they switch, if they switch. I also heard a rumour that Feedburner is going to be dropped too. Since my RSS feed is a Feedburner feed, that’s an even bigger pain. What is next, Google? Why are you doing this to me?!!!
Speaking of dramatics, there was a HuffPo piece written by an author disappointed with the blog tour of his book. Much to his dismay, many of the reviews were less than positive and, grab your pearls Martha, had ‘subpar’ writing. I understand that blog tours conducted by a third party cost authors money, but you can never control bloggers. Never. We write what we like and how we like it, that may include gifs or photos of cats. Blog tours aren’t for everyone, especially control freaks. They do offer exposure to authors who would never get themselves reviewed in other markets. They do offer quantity, not necessarily quality. Bloggers aren’t doing this for a living and do not hire editors for their personal blogs. Don’t expect Hemingway.
I would tell authors to research blog touring companies. Most have links to previous tours and a list of their reviewers. Take the time to read those reviews. It will help you decide if the writing is ‘subpar’. Perhaps just reaching out to a few bloggers yourself would be better for you. It is work to do this. You must read bloggers’ review policies. Use our names in the request, my name is not Blogger or Chrisbookarama. Do not offer money in exchange for a positive review. You may never get a reply. You may not get a review. You may not get a positive review. Do not bitch about us online: you’ll get a reputation, as they say in my part of the world, as a ‘sook’* You want a positive review? Ask your Mom.
My advice to bloggers? Don’t say yes to everything. Research the book and the author. Does s/he have a reputation with reviewers? Is this a book you would read anyway? Can you make the deadline? Contact the tour operator, not the author, if you haven’t received the book or can’t review the book on the date your review is to go up. You might get a comment from the author on your review. You might never hear from them. They might bitch about you online (this isn’t exclusive to tours). Bloggers should never feel like there are strings attached to a review. A free book does not equal a positive review.
That said, I’ve had positive experiences with blog tours. I can only think of one that was a pain in the rear. I don’t do them anymore because I can’t handle deadlines.
This ended up being way longer than I expected! Have a good one and be kind to your liver.
*A sook (rhymes with took) is a whiner, a complainer, a cry baby.