I am no blogging expert. I am learning as I’m going. Some things I fuck up, somethings I pick up. Most things I just wing it. I might make it a Sunday feature, depends if I find something to talk about. Either way here 1 thing I’ve learnt as a new book blogger;
It is okay to say no.
With being listed on TheIndieView I get contacted a lot by new authors, even some agents and even some publishing companies. There is a lot of pressure for me, to say yes to every single person who contacts me. They’ve taken the time to click my site, maybe read some of my reviews and go right I want a review from this person. At the start I was saying yes to pretty much anyone that wanted a review. Even to books I knew weren’t my genre or cup of tea. Which puts you in the position of doing a review that you know will be negative based on the fact, you just don’t like that idea behind the book. Which is unfair to the person who contacted you, and unfair to yourself. Reading books takes time, reading a shit book feels like it takes a lot more time.
At this time I have said Yes to 82 books to review. No to 13. I am not afraid to say no now. I’ve learnt from my mistake. I don’t feel guilty anymore because I know that I am being honest. Why would anyone want their book to be reviewed, if they know 80% that the person isn’t going to like it.