When I first started blogging, I was so desperate to be accepted for blog tours. To be honest, I mainly wanted the chance to read ARCs and the blog publicity because I was a tiny baby blog, as I am again now (alas). However, I have realized over time that blog tours and review requests are really not for me, and today I’m going to talk a little bit about why I don’t do them anymore and don’t plan to do any on this blog.
- I might not like the book. The point of a tour is book promotion, and not liking the book makes it hard to feel inspired to promote a book, even if you’re not doing a review post. I have honestly done tours where I’ve done a review post but disliked the book, then been too afraid to tell the tour hosts I didn’t like it, so painstakingly looked for even the tiniest things I enjoyed about it in order to have something to write about.
- I’m a mood reader. If I’m not in the mood for a book, it’s honestly way less likely that I’m going to enjoy it. I might be in the mood for the book before I request it, but if I don’t have a copy already, I obviously won’t be reading it for a while, and my reading mood can change on a whim, so it’s not a great system to get me to read a book.
- I don’t personally like reading tour posts. Obviously the person is going to say they liked the book, or else they wouldn’t be on the tour, so I feel that there is no point in reading a post whose purpose is just to sell a book. I want posts that are more nuanced and interesting, and I don’t get that with tour posts, so why would I elect to write them?
- I might not have time to read the book. Since I am such a mood reader, I might not start the book until a short time before the tour, and then I’,ll feel pressure to finish it, which will make me dislike it.
- Too much pressure. All in all, tours are just too. Much. Pressure. I have to be in the right mood for it to like it, I have to read it with enough time to fully enjoy it, it has to be good, I have to get in the right mood in time; it’s just too many factors that are up in the air that make being on a book tour stressful, thus lessening my enjoyment of the book, thus making being on the tour pointless.
To be honest, I don’t think I’m even going to put contact information on this blog, because I contact publishers myself when I am interested in reading something, and I don’t want a bunch of spam emails from email blasts that I never signed up for or books by authors who don’t bother to read my blog enough to know that it’s a YA only blog, not romance or erotica or Christian lit.
In short, book promotional tours are not for me. I like to promote books on my terms and my time, and I find them to be far too much pressure when blogging is something I do for fun on the side of the real job where I promote books basically for a living to the actual audience for them.
Have you struggled with participating in blog tours? What are your thoughts on promo posts and events?