I was on the internet last night (I know big shocker) and I participated in YA Lit Chat, which is generally awesome. Basically it’s a chat that happens on Wednesdays at 9pm on Twitter where booksellers, publishing professionals, authors, teachers, librarians, and those darn bastard children bloggers hang out and talk about whatever topic is on the table. Last night’s topic was free stuff, does it sell books, which swiftly turned into why do bloggers get all the free stuff when teachers, and librarians sell all the books (and you do sell books I love teachers and librarians), and then turned to bloggers suck because they ask me for free shit, then to I bet bloggers don’t sell books at all, my teens don’t even know what blogs are, *cough*bullshit*cough*, the only people reading blogs are other bloggers and on and on and on.
I got a little more than disheartened. I spend a lot of time on my blog, and excuse me while I blow smoke up my own ass here but I am very successful at what I do. I run this blog on my own with no outside help. I don’t have co-bloggers, besides my blogging anniversary each year I don’t do mind boggling contests (I hate the post office). What you find here is real content. The fucking brick and mortar if you will of book blogging. So when you treat me like the bastard child of the publishing industry, tell me I am not professional, group me with the uncontrollable group of idiots who are contest and swag mongers I feel I have a right to be offended.
Good bloggers do sell books, we sell them online and off. I have at least 900 unique a day even when I have months like this one where I am slacking off big time. Yeah I threw my stats out there. I have my own URL shortening device when I throw a link out on twitter to your shit, it gets at least 75 clicks, at least! These are stats I can and would love to share with you. I can provide you with pictorial proofs. I am in my brick and mortar putting up shelf talkers, hand selling, doing spring, summer, fall, and winter book previews talking up your titles. I am at the library and in the bookstore devoting my time to teen book clubs. I am at the NCIBA the NCCBA learning and growing and trying to be a better blogger for you! To sell more books for you, because I give a fuck about the publishing industry.
Every time I turn around some publishing professional is reminding me I am the bastard child that they are happy to use but will never respect and that saddens me because I am a wealth of untapped information. I am a plethora of creativity and media savvy. I am opinionated and loud and by god whether you fucking like it or not I am going to keep selling your books and giving a damn about literacy.