My precious dears,
please allow this seasoned (and middle-aged) blogger to be naive for a while. It won't be a difficult task for me, because after blogging for 4 years and a half, I still have basic questions I can't find the answers to.
|Yes, I managed to stumble on a Who-Tennant gif for this, too 😂|
In these 53 months, I've reviewed an almost equal share of traditionally published and indie/small press books. Not all the books in the first category were good (you can argue that it's a matter of taste, but that aside, what about books that predate on old, stale ideas/tropes? or reinforce equally old stereotypes? or simply are not that well-written? and so on), while I found a few hidden gems in the second. So I tried to tell the world that said hidden gems needed to be dug and polished and admired and LOVED. And more often than not, I found myself shouting into a void.
Now, I'm a persistent little devil. My followers count hasn't changed one iota since...forever (though I could blame GFC for not being a thing anymore - but other blogs still get new followers that way, so I'm not going to fool myself). And yet, I'm still here, up and running - though I can't even seem to produce your average post per week. Though I pretty much get an average of two/three comments per post, when I'm lucky (and I sistematically have the ever friendly and encouraging Karen to thank for one of them). Maybe I just like to hear myself shouting, I don't know.
Anyway, this post is not about whining. This naive old lady has a serious question for you all - or better, two, because they come related:
- how do certain books get the hype while other (often better) ones don't? and
- how do certain bloggers get a respectable - if not massive - follower count, and thus can work at getting books hyped?
Let's say that Book X is scheduled for release in a few weeks. It may even be a book by a debut author (though backed by a big press), and a book that I myself will happen to deem worthy after reading (e.g.: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich). Or it may be a book that I wouldn't dare to touch with a totem pole, whatever the reason. Anyway, here goes the big question - is the power of a major press enough to get that particular book hyped? why is everybody talking about that book and putting it on their TBR lists and - after it's been released - keeping the (mostly positive) reviews coming? While Book Y has been around for a while now, and it's probably as good as the hyped one if not better (e.g.: Deadgirl by B.C. Johnson), but notwhitstanding a bunch of favourable reviews (by real readers...not Amazon bots) and a few enthusiastic, pushy bloggers (hello...yes, look here 😂), it never seems to land in the hands of thousands of readers?
|I was tempted to use another Who-Tennant gif here, but I spared you 😉|
Which brings me to - do you need to review hyped books in order to become a successful blogger? can a successful blogger convince her/his readers to try a less hyped book and help it rise, in fact, to hype status? does a successful blogger read less hyped books at all? and finally, does a blogger manage to stay successful if she/he falls from the hyped-books bandwagon for a while? is the dog chasing its tail?