Blogging has been a lot of fun this first week. I’ve had a great response both via twitter and in terms of visits to the site. Fahrenheit Press have been hugely supportive of what I’m trying to do, I’ll always be grateful for that, they really do treat you like family. The world of indie publishing is vast and fascinating, and I’m just starting to scratch the surface of that myself, I thought I had a sense of the scale, I was wrong.
What has surprised me a little though is how much I need to insist on paying for books. I’ve been offered three books and a magazine free of charge this week (all turned down, but all sounded interesting so have been bought and paid for). I understand it’s a part of the industry and in the wider world of blogging I wouldn’t want to encourage a ‘pay to play’ situation which could stifle the diversity of voices which make for a rich community. That being said, I get the feeling that writers and publishers are almost afraid of asking for money for what they do. I have had a couple of people react with genuine surprise when I said that as a blogger I won’t post a review of something I haven’t paid for. You can see my approach detailed here: No Free Ride
Running a blog and engaging with people via twitter more than I ever have before certainly has my head spinning with ideas. I have some ideas for longer reads that I will hopefully be looking to start working on and perhaps posting over the next few weeks. I have been signed up to my first blog tour, and have a raft of books lined up to read and review. A real mix, look out this weekend for my first review of an out and out horror novel, I also have some comedy drama’s on my reading list, a non fiction book or two, and of course plenty of crime stories.
Week one has been a blast, here’s to week two and beyond…