I’ve made some blog changes that I feel should be a standard for book bloggers on a whole. The topic of Book Bloggers being paid for what we do has come up time and time again. It’s something that I have written about on this blog before.

Over time my feelings and opinions have altered and I’ve come to lean on the side that feels payment is justified. Hear me out. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with reviewing or promoting books for free, I think everyone comes into this with a different expectation or even desire. It’s a hobby that people simply enjoy without wanting to make money doing it. Books are payment enough.

I get that, honestly I was right there with you for a time, and that’s okay. No one is saying that those that don’t want to be paid have to do anything different. I think the big argument is when you look at all the different social media that we are all on, how Book Bloggers, are relegated to the trash. We provide basically the same service as BookTubers, BookTokers, even Bookstagrammers but we are looked upon as lesser. Why? Because we aren’t all pictures and videos? We are all about books, we all promote books, review books so we should all be paid for our services.

Of course this lends to the argument of being paid to review books and honestly I don’t really think that matters. For me, you shouldn’t be paid for the content of the review but for the time put into reading the book, writing the review, formatting the post and the space it’s taking up on your blog. That’s what the payment should be for. Made regardless of whether it’s 5 or 1 stars. Whether it was hated or loved. And honestly, if you are clear in what your payment is for there is no reason that book bloggers shouldn’t start charging for reviews.

So why am I talking about this once again? Well I saw the issue with booktokers getting paid to simply post a video of a book and I decided that as book bloggers we should make the changes we want as a standard. I have placed an ad space on my side bar (once I figure out how to move it to be under the header area there will be more) where I can place an ad that links to your website or any link you wish. For $10.00/month.

I’ve also closed my reviews requests for now. I’m doing some publisher tours, and trying to catch up on all the past requests that I’ve received. However if you wish for me to post a promo post for your book I’d be happy to do so for $5.00. That will include your book cover, blurb, links to your books, an excerpt if you wish and an about author section with your links as well.

These can be paid to me directly through paypal. You can contact me through my contact page if you are interested. 

I would also encourage any author that I’ve personally reviewed your book on your request consider donating to my ko-fi to help keep me going so I can continue to review books in the future.

Thank you to all my friends and followers that come to my blog. You encourage me to keep going with every comment and like!

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8 thoughts on “Blog Changes

  1. I think charging for your work is incredibly important. However, that also comes from the perspective of someone who has been blogging full-time for nearly 6 years. I wasn’t always a book blogger (actually only rebranded to that about 4 months ago), but I find it nearly ludicrous that it seems as though book bloggers don’t get paid (or are paid far less than other blog genres). I still have a lot to learn about this particular method of blogging, but it really does intrigue me to read about it from the perspective of someone who has been book blogging for a long time. I appreciate your insight!

    1. Thank you! I totally agree. I can understand not charging when you start out but also I feel like bloggers need to kind of not let themselves get pushed to the side and told they aren’t good enough to be paid. Cauae I’ve seen blogs are better than mine and it’s clear the quality of content deserves payment 👏

    2. Thank you! I totally agree. I can understand not charging when you start out but also I feel like bloggers need to kind of not let themselves get pushed to the side and told they aren’t good enough to be paid. Cause I’ve seen blogs are better than mine and it’s clear the quality of content deserves payment 👏

  2. I’m still relatively to the community–heading toward my one year soon–and I applaud you for charging for your work. It was a bit startling to learn that book bloggers weren’t being compensated while those on other platforms were. A lot of time and care goes into crafting a review and publishers should recognize the hard work of bloggers rather than taking it for granted. I might be biased since I also blog, but there are so many books I’ve placed on my TBR or purchased because of bloggers such as yourself.

  3. I’ve been blogging for almost ten years now and I often go through periods where I feel very disheartened by the whole thing. I’ve always shared blogs before I started this one last year and it can be really hard to maintain it with so few others in the community caring about blogs. Good on you for making this decision!

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