Inspired by my girl Sharonda over at Brazen Babe Reviews
I’ve struggled for a few weeks whether to even post this or not because I feel there is a time and place for everything. I think when you’re trying to cultivate a brand or at least maintain some air of professionalism, then you just have to suck some things up and take the L. But dammit, I’ve sucked up more shit than a Dyson, and I’ve got to empty it out!
Let me state for the record: I do not blog for profit (Not yet anyway). Nor do I blog for favor. I do this because I fucking love romance novels and reading about women who look like and represent me!
With that being said, I am no longer entertaining authors who do not reciprocate the love I show for them. What do I mean by that? This means I get quite a few requests for spotlights or blog tours or what have you, and I most often comply because, let’s keep it real for a moment, there are not a lot of outlets for authors who write about black love (whether it’s AA, MC, or IR) to get some shine, and THIS is why I so readily agree to promote their work. I do not charge for this (like some of the bigger, more popular blogs do.) I do not ask for a free book (cause I truly loathe writing reviews, but I make it a mission to review every ARC I receive). All I expect (because I don’t ask because foolish me, I assume it would be a given) is that if I spotlight you or share your tour or new release (either at your request or through a formal sign up) is that you share my post or link to it somewhere on your social media. This is how I get paid in a sense. I’m giving you free press, so all I’m asking is the same in return, but like Biggie, I gets nathannnnnnnnnn.
I’ve said enough. I feel much better now…kinda. I’m just letting it be known that this is the deal going forward.
And to the authors (and dedicated readers) who always have my back: Love y’all!