Book Blogs

My face is slack with shock. I would take a picture and show you if I wasn't so vain (don't look so hot today due to 4 hours sleep in 48 hours). There are some blogs that do not accept self-published books for review. Oh no. As if it wasn't hard enough. I fear for us writers, I really do. We're like that ugly duckling that gets kicked and shunned. But, what happened to that ugly duckling...


  1. I just wanted to let you know that as a book blogger this really bothered me to read. So I posted on my blog about this and a few of my fellow book bloggers chimed in and they all agreed with me. We all pretty much agreed that we would read self-published works and that many recently successful authors started off as self published. So just wanted to let you know that there are reasonable bloggers out there. I really am looking forward to reading your book and reviewing it. I'm always honest but never cruel.

  2. I had a look at your blog and the comments are interesting and encouraging. Clearly the blogs I targeted were ... difficult.

    Most of the blog reviews I've received to date have been from bloggers who've have stumbled onto my book after I started to receive positive reviews elsewhere! Only two were requested by me and were done by lovely ladies who support Indies.

    The above was written in reaction to the fact I was told that book blogging was a great way for an Indie to get the word out. So off I went to try it only to either;
    a) get no response on my queries
    b) blogger didn't accept Indie Books or eBooks

    I understand we're all busy bees, but my experience with requesting a book review on a blog was reminiscent of submitting to agents.

    As time has gone on I've found that many book blogs are well organized and respond promptly/politely to authors. You're right, there are reasonable book bloggers who support the Indie, but there are some who don't review SP books or eBooks.

    This was my 'welcoming' experience as a young writer with no knowledge of Indie Publishing. It may have been an isolated/unlucky incident, but I can only base my observations on what I experience.

    Just like you will be fair with a review, I won't pretend I had a good experience with an aspect of self publishing just because other Indie writers did.

    I'm only just having my faith restored in the whole thing (by bloggers who support Indie's) and will be trying again for the second book to see how it goes.

  3. Oh definitely I understand where you are coming from. I was just was mystified as to why a book blogger would reject someone just because they are self-published. I just wanted to let you know about what I posted because I was hoping it would give you some hope. I just literally stumbled on your book and when I came here to your blog and read some of the things you have said on here it literally jumped to the top of my TBR pile. I like and respect everything you have to say. I felt very strongly for you when I read your reaction the 3 line bad review. You really do put a human face to the world of self publishing :)

  4. Ugh I just realized I said "literally" twice in one sentence.