Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings. There is a new discussion question each week. You can find all the details on her page. Hope you all decide to join!
This weeks question: To Pimp or Not to Pimp? How do you decide what books to promote on your blog? How do you feel about the current trend of book blasts, blitzes, cover reveals and tours?
First things first: there is no right or wrong way to blog. Your blog is your space to do with as you want. If you want to post 20 cover reveals a month, then do it! There will always be someone who doesn’t like what you do or has a problem with the way you do things no matter what. You can’t take it personally. They are the one with the problem!
Now, to answer these questions as how they pertain to me personally. I pimp books that interest me. Whether it’s through a promotional post, cover reveal, meme, or review. Even if it’s a book I haven’t read yet, I still like sharing books that I want to read. It’s not like I’m going to share books that don’t even sound like something I’d want to read.
Last year I started scheduling a lot of blog tours for books that interested me, but I knew I wasn’t going to be able to read them all in time for the tours. So I often did promotional posts. I don’t mind doing this, because I feel like I’m just sharing a book that I want to read. And even if I don’t end up liking it as much as I hoped, doesn’t mean other people won’t love it.
I did, however, decided to cut way back on the blog tours starting the beginning of 2013. Not because I’m against them, though. Those posts take time to put together, and I got tired of spending so much time and energy on them. I want blogging to be a fun hobby, not a stressful job.
As for cover reveals… obviously the book hasn’t been released yet, so it’s just another way to share a book that may sound interesting. Nothing wrong with that. But again, I’ve cut way back on those, too. I only do them now for authors I know and love, or if it’s part of a series that I’m already invested in.
Book Blasts and Blitzes… whatever floats your boat! I think I’ve participated in one or two, but they just weren’t for me. But it doesn’t bother me if other bloggers like them and participate. I’ve actually discovered a couple of really good books from them. Actually, I found one of my newest favorite books this way.
Again, it all comes down to doing what you want!