Book bloggers are the best people on the entire planet. *fact*
This incredible group of people give up their spare time to read and review a myriad of books (which, considering it takes several hours to read a book, is a phenomenal undertaking) AND THEY DO IT ALL FOR FREE!
I, for one, am in awe, partly because I’m a slow reader, but also because I know how long it takes to write even a short piece about a book. So this service must NEVER be taken for granted. If their review is late (because real life happens to all of us) or they don’t enjoy my novel, then I am still grateful that they have signed up in the first place. And (constructive) criticism is a good thing. I embrace the three stars, even if I was secretly hope for five, because I am still learning, and who better to help me improve than my readers.
So I hope all authors, like me, worship at the feet of this splendid group of selfless people. Don’t huff if they are late with their review, instead try to remember that time you were late with a deadline and your editor was understanding. Don’t cry at the less than positive reviews, think of them as advice and learn from them. AND ALWAYS THANK EVERY ONE WHO TAKES PART.
This week, my second book baby was published. The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows (available here http://bit.ly/TheUnlikelyLife) and I have been bowled over by the generosity of the book bloggers who signed up for my blog tour. Social media went banonkers (bananas/bonkers) on Monday. My bottom hardly left the sofa all day. Reviews, recommendations and retweets gushed in and left me swamped (but happy). So the biggest, shiniest, neon-flashing THANK YOU to each and every single one of these fabulous ladies…
Blog tour organised by the incredible Rachel Gilby http://www.rachelrandomresources.com
Catch you all soon. Got book three to write…