I know. I’ve been gone for a while. I’m too chicken to see how long it has actually been. We’ll just move on…
I’m fighting off a migraine at the moment so forgive me if I tend to ramble a bit.
First, news. Um, there isn’t anything truly exciting on the news front at the Dragon household. I almost lost my job in a takeover at my company. They kept me on, much to my delight, and I’m even going to be handling new duties with possible extra dividends and the much larger corporation I now work for has much better benefits for its workers – so that is all good. I also nearly lost the car to wear and tear but a week of trying this and replacing that and consulting with experts, we finally located the true problem and it was fixed relatively easily by Mr. Dragon – to my joy. So for Thanksgiving I was thankful (in addition to the givens of being thankful for good health and family and friends) that I continue to have a job, a means to get there and a roof over my head.
We’ve survived Thanksgiving and we’ve begun the decorating process for Christmas. And another year is about to end. Whee.
However, I didn’t open up a new post in what seems like forever just to let you three know I’m doing as well as can be. I saw a tweet by a book author that mentioned the extensive limitations put out by book bloggers regarding review requests from self-published authors. Now, not being a book blogger myself – technically I sort of blog and sometimes mention books, I don’t solicit books for review here at Dragon Ashes because honestly, authors probably want more than three sets of eyeballs to see those reviews – I don’t really have a stake in this discussion but I’m human and we all have our opinions so I’m going to share mine.
First, and foremost, any book blogger has the right to put up any limits they feel like imposing. That is just a given. However, I do have opinions on the subject and now I’m going to subject you to them. Don’t you feel special?
The limitations I’ve heard of regarding self-published books are put in place because there are a hefty number of authors out there trying to get their book noticed without the aid of a big publisher’s advertising budget or influence. And many of those authors are excellent storytellers, many are horrid storytellers, many don’t feel the need of the extra expense of an independent editor or even beta readers, and many take the time and effort to have their books read, evaluated and criticized by someone other than their loving spouse/child/parent/best friend. Book bloggers get loads of solicitations from these authors and they put up these limits (books must have a certain number of reviews or purchases or whatever before even being considered) in an attempt to increase the quality of the solicitations, or to at least weed out the worst.
In my opinion, however, the limits they put in place are not only arbitrary but self destructive. How can you be the first to discover the most excellent book of the year when you want 100 other people to discover it first?
I get it. I’ve seen books out there myself that aren’t worth the bits used to deliver them to my eyeballs. Some with horrible grammar, some with dialogue so stilted and dull the characters are likely to fall asleep mid-sentence, some with misspellings and missing words and others labeled as cute and cuddly and family friendly full of graphic sex and violence and still others labeled as erotica that are so odd as to confuse porn stars. But I think the limits in place by book bloggers that attempt to weed out the dreck also weed out the good stuff that hasn’t been discovered yet.
Of course, my opinion could be formed around misapprehensions about the actual limits used by book bloggers. By all means correct me if I am wrong.