When I decided to create my blog, I knew I had to spend a lot of my time and effort into creating good and interesting content. But I took the step anyway because I love books too much and I enjoy talking about them and recommending the ones I liked.
But there are many factors that go into your blog’s success and one of them is where you are based.
In fact, international bloggers have less chances at being more widely recognized than US-based ones. Not only because English is considered the main language, but also because international shipping expenses are much higher than sending things to people who would love to talk about your product with less than, let’s say, $5 going into shipping.
The other day I read this tweet by Evelina on Twitter, and I was saddened by how someone wasted a perfectly good ARC. Us international bloggers always have it hard in regard of books’ availability and Advance Reader Copies.
I know many people in the US who use second-hand books and make the most out of their libraries to review novels before they started receiving ARCs from publishing houses. But here where I live, the only books that my library has are encyclopedias and legal texts. You can only imagine my disappointment after learning this when I stepped for the first time in my city’s library.
Another blogger I know in the Netherlands once complained that her library only had books in Dutch and very few in English and most of them were classics and old novels. Meanwhile, US-based bloggers can buy brand-new books at a relatively cheap price with Amazon, Book Depository, Book Outlet, etc.. And these famous retailers don’t ship to every single country in the world so there are still many booklovers who are denied the privilege to read the books they want.
Another thing are the author signings.
Obviously, I would never think that famous authors like V.E. Schwab or Jenny Han would actually come here to Italy to meet their international fans. Or anywhere else. We don’t have a BookCon or a YALC where to meet our favorite authors or just other bookworms and bloggers with whom to gush over books: to participate in these events, we would have to spend a lot of money.
There are also local meetings in the United States where authors talk about their books, their characters, their lives to their fans. So I am jealous of those who are able to have a few words with writers.
Sometimes I feel left out because I’m not very sociable with fellow booklovers and another reason is that they already seem to know each other, most of them have even had the chance to meet in person since they live in the US.
However, things are changing. Slowly, but people are doing things to help international bloggers. For example, Kaleena from Reader Voracious recently created the Flapping Pages ARC Program with the help of various bloggers where you can donate ARCs that will go towards international folks. You can find more about the project here.
There’s also Diverse Book Bridge on Twitter which is currently on hiatus that help you send ARCs to marginalized teen bloggers.
Through these baby steps, I hope it will be easier for international people to get books and ARCs in the future.
Book Blogger @ Books of a Shy Girl
Angela is a Chinese teen blogger based in Italy with a love for different cultures. She spends her time looking for colleges, drinking soy milk and reading books. Her dream is to study abroad and travel all around the world.
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