Today we are asked the following question:
Has blogging opened up opportunities for you beyond getting free, advance copies of new books? Has it helped you get offers to write or review elsewhere (maybe even for pay)? Have you gotten invites to special events or places you might not have been to otherwise?
Well, my response to this question is a short and sweet one: I wish!!!
I'd love to get offers to write elsewhere or get special invites to events such as author signings or other bookish things.
Unfortunately, there just isn't the demand for that sort of thing where I live as far as I can tell. My local library is fairly basic and I've seen about one author visit in the whole 4 years I've lived near it. I must admit I don't frequent it a often as I probably should due to the fact that I am a bit obsessive compulsive where I feel the need to buy any book I want rather than borrow it, but I constantly peruse the noticeboard just in case there is something of interest, but alas, there never is.
Another issue is that there aren't many independent bookstores near where I live. There is a small Dymocks and a QBD and that's about it! There used to be a Borders but we all know what happened to them......
Also, my location is not really in the midst of anywhere significant. I live on the Central Coast of NSW and am around 1 and a 1/2 hours drive from Sydney where the majority of events most likely happen all the time. Unfortunately, with working part time and having a young toddler, getting the time to try and organise a visit to anything in Sydney just isn't a possibility most of the time, especially since hubby commutes to work there and doesn't get home until quite late.
In saying these things though, I am happy with what I do for the moment and with the fact that I am privileged enough to get free books to review and personal contact with authors. One day I'd love to meet up with other bloggers if it ever becomes a possibility and I'd also love to go to an author event or signing if one ever comes my way.
Has blogging opened up any interesting doors for you? I'd love to know how.