This is a question that I have asked myself quite a bit. Should book bloggers/reviewers charge authors to review their books?
My honest opinion…no. But that’s just me. I write for the same reason I read. I love doing it! It’s an escape and I know many of you feel the same way.
On my blog http://www.self-published-authors.blogspot.com I offer free book reviews to anyone who writes in genres that I enjoy. The only charge is that you give me a free copy of your ebook. Not bad eh? I thought so!
Why am I writing about this? Because this subject has been broached a couple times recently. Self published authors fight tooth and nail to get their name and books out there. It’s rough…especially when sales are slow and editor/book cover costs keep rising. How are we to earn a living to help support our families when we have to pay for book reviews too?
That is why I offer free book reviews. Because it’s the right thing to do to help my fellow authors. I’m always in need of someone willing to give me a fair review just as so many others are. To charge just seems wrong to me…but that is for each person to decide. Is it worth $200 dollars to get a single book review that may or may not go in your favor?