Warning: this post contains my opinions, and you’re not forced to agree with them. This is just my little rant in the hopes that some other bloggers will understand me. None of the views in this post reflect certain tour organisers, books, authors, or publishers. They are all general.
When I first started blogging, I saw a lot of posts about how important it is to take part in blog tours as a book blogger. They’re one of the best ways for you to get review copies of books, and a brilliant way to get your blogs noticed by publishers an authors. I saw all of these advantages, and I was onboard straight away! I signed up to multiple mailing lists for blog tours, joined groups on Facebook, followed all the right people on Twitter. And sure enough, the blog tours came rolling in.
I was always sensible and only agreed to work on one if I was certain that I would have the time to put towards it. I never wanted to let any of the tour organisers or authors down, so I was careful to how many I worked on. This means that in the past year or so, I’ve only worked on a handful.
After doing my last one, I decided that I’m not going to be doing any more.
The thing is, authors look at all of the posts on their tours – some tour organisers require you to even tag them in any social media posts about their books. And this is the main thing I dislike.
On every tour I’ve done, I’ve opted to review the book. Fair enough, there are other options, but I felt like if I did anything other than review, my posts would have been scripted by either the organiser or author/publisher, therefore reviews were the fairest way forward for me to be honest to my readers. I’d rather not have someone dictate what I can and can’t say in a post on my own blog.
However, I’m completely against leaving a negative review where an author may see it. If I do post a negative review, I’ll never tag the author in any social media posts about it. So the problem I always faced with blog tours was that even if I wasn’t a fan of the book, I couldn’t be honest as I knew I had to create a post, but I also couldn’t leave a negative review because I knew the author would see it.
I’m not saying which blog tours in particular that I’ve not been honest over, as that again would be unfair to the author. But what I am saying is that I’ve had enough of having to write a review on my blog that I don’t actually agree in, just because I’m pressured to.
I hate lying to you, but at the same time, it’s just a really awkward situation to be in. I could be truthful to you, but it’s a really horrible thing to do when the author is going to read that review. But in the same way, I feel awful for not being completely honest in all of my reviews.
Like I said earlier, I always chose to write a review over any other type of post because at least my posts weren’t being dictated to me – but in a way they still were. I felt pressured to always leave a good review.
So when I’m reading other posts for blog tours, I’m often sat there wondering if everyone else is being entirely truthful or if there’s other people who’ve felt this way. I honestly have never seen people talk about this, so I don’t know where other people stand.
But for now, at least, I’m taking a step back from blog tours. I’d much rather be honest to all of you than get noticed by publishers and authors. I can guarantee you that every review from now on will be completely honest, and not influenced by the reason that I’m writing the post.
Sorry for the long post, but I just needed to get this out! I’d love to know your opinions on blog tours!