In Praise of Book Bloggers

The weeks around publication are a nervous time. What if no one likes the book? What if no one even notices the book? And so I am very grateful to Macmillan and Karen Bultiauw for organising a most exciting blog tour giving a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the world of Storm Hound.

I am also enormously grateful to all the fantastic book bloggers out there.

None of them get paid for their work. Many also have jobs as teachers or librarians. They spend their days encouraging a love a reading and then they go home and do it all again in front of the computer. They are the life of the book world, talking about books, putting books in front of readers, encouraging the most reluctant readers to pick something up and give it a try. If books are flowers, bloggers are the bees, creating the buzz around a new book and doing their bee dances to show everyone where to go for their next read.

Bee on Sunflower. Photo: Phillip Fayers
Maybe that metaphor got a bit overstretched.

But bloggers do a vital job, and I’d like to thank you all for your time, effort and enthusiasm. Here’s a complete round-up of the Storm Hound blog tour. Please do take a look.

Family Bookworms

(Make sure you also check out the Bookworms Storm Hound book trailer, starring the young bookworms and one very confused sheep.)

Book Murmuration

Minerva Reads

Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books 

Booklover Jo

The Reader Teacher

Kelly’s Rambles