Here’s something that has kind of been bugging me these past few weeks. Some of you guys probably know that I’m super freaking excited for A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir to be released, right? And because I was so excited about the series, I had requested an ARC of the book so I could properly yell at people to read the god damn series – beyond just saying how awesome the previous two books were.
Well, I never heard back from the publisher either way (and I guess that could mean there is still hope for me but I honestly doubt it) which really sucks. I’m well aware that publishers are really, really busy people. And I’d guess even more so when these big publishing months inch closer and closer. But that’s also why I contact them well in advance – say, months usually.
But then you see the publisher send out a bunch of new paperback copies of the first two books to the bigger content creators in the book community who for the most part haven’t even shown any interest in reading the books in the first place. What ends up happening is that you get the book in front of a bunch of people once that big creator shares their Instagram picture. But that’s also about as much of a reaction as you’re going to get from me, personally.
I’m much more likely to pay attention to a book being promoted when I know that the person talking about it has been excited about and looking forward to that particular book for months now. It’s much more genuine coming from a creator like that.
For example, when Kristin @ SuperSpaceChick talks about her love for The Wicked King I know it’s genuine excitement and love for the book because I’ve seen her talk about and love on this series since the summer of 2017. She was one of the earliest people I remember gushing about The Cruel Prince. If she tells me I should absolutely continue reading the series, I will. I trust her endorsement.
But then there are a ton of other creators who get books sent to them that they mention once in their hauls and then you never see these books again – despite people claiming how excited they are to read whatever book it is they are holding up for the camera in that particular moment.
I feel like publishers would achieve so much more by getting these anticipated releases into the hands of people who are at the edge of their seats waiting to get their hands on these books because they just need to know what happens next. And you can bet good money on the fact that these people won’t shut up about their love for that book you send them. And they’ll shower you with love and appreciation too.
As an example, I had been really, really looking forward to Ace Of Shades for months before we had gotten any real information about the book because Amanda shared ONE thread on Twitter. I didn’t stop talking about the books in the months leading up to the release and even joined Amanda’s little promo team to help create buzz and excitement – none of that included me getting my hands on an ARC copy. I was happy to do all of it because I was genuinely excited about the book.
But I also tried my luck and requested an ARC which I ended up being approved for (which still floors me to this day, not gonna lie) and did you hear me shut up about the book after? No. I just kept on talking about it. You guys were probably sick and tired of me constantly bringing up the book any chance I got. But you could probably also tell that I was actually excited about the release and couldn’t wait for everyone else to read the book too.
And that’s the thing. I will yell and scream and shout about your book for months on end because I’m that excited about it. I may not have the huge audience so many bigger creators have (no matter what platform) but I am passionate about the books I love and I want to see them and the author succeed. And if I can contribute to it in any way possible, that’s what I want to do!
I’ve invested my own money in other books by authors because someone at a publishing house approved me to read a copy of a new release early. I’ve found new favorite authors that I’m willing to support to the best of my ability. I’ve added books to my list of things I just never shut up. Right now, I’m planning two posts for two series that have new books releasing this summer where I want to make you guys grab a copy and read the series too. I’m not getting anything out of it other than getting to share my love for my favorite books.
And sure, that should be enough, but sometimes it’s just really annoying and frustrating to see how smaller creators are given fewer chances and opportunities. Numbers shouldn’t be all that matters. What good is a creator with 30k subscribers on Instagram/YouTube when none of those people end up picking up the book? There might be a better chance for a smaller creator who their audience trusts to only recommend books they truly loved to get you a few more sales. And that’s a bigger impact too if you compare the numbers.
How about you guys? How do you feel about the way smaller creators are treated in the book community and the chances they are awarded compared to bigger creators? Let me know in the comments down below, because I am super interested to hear your thoughts on this matter!