The Struggles of Being An International Blogger

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Hello, everyone! I’m Marty and today we’ll have a little bookish chat about how it is like to be an international blogger. The struggle that come with it and at the end, something else (hahaha, I really love being vague), sorry for that!

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Struggle #1: Waiting for a book to be translated for ages. And when it doesn’t happen, you have to buy that ebook because hey, you have to admit it’s not happening anytime soon. (Even worse if the book gets published in paperback in your country soon afterwards you bought that ebook.)

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Struggle #2 : Not being able to join certain giveaways or requesting books on Netgalley. It’s so tragic to see the words “US/UK only” or “sorry we couldn’t accept your request, but we prefer bloggers that are from X area”. But heeey, that’s not that bad because I can wait until release day, but ARCs are so exciting since you get to read the book first and it’s a nice feeling.

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Struggle #3 : You can’t go to book conventions because they are never in your country. There’s just Comic Con happening around here, not even book clubs are very popular in Romania. I’ve searched for some for years without finding anything that could interest me because the choices were very limited.

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Struggle #4 : You have very low chances of meeting your favourite author. There’s a time when Rita Sepetys visited Romania and I was so shocked and devastated that I didn’t go because I haven’t heard of the event.

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Struggle #5 : Your bookish friends are far, far away from you… The time zones differences are awful and evil. This makes me very sad.

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Struggle #6 : You can’t take beautiful, instagram-y pictures of your books because you rarely own US/UK editions of the books. And you’re a bit self-conscious about people finding your posts weird.

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This being said, there are some things that make me want to live in US or at least, in UK, but at the end of the day, I really like being an international blogger because sometimes people are very interested in your country, how are bookish things there and so on. And that’s very great because it’s nice to acknowledge the differences in bookish aspects (just check out my US covers vs Romanian covers blog post and you’ll see how nice people are about it). And to be honest, ever since I’ve got a blog, these struggles don’t seem as hard to overcome as they seemed before, because on Twitter, I see so many authors and readers that try to be inclusive in their giveaway and their gifts and ARCs offerings and that’s really nice of them!

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Are you an international blogger? What are some of your struggles? And if not, just tell me what’s your best experience with the blogging sphere.

72 thoughts on “The Struggles of Being An International Blogger

  1. Chloe @ Blushing Bibliophile says:

    I’m from Hong Kong AND THIS POST IS SO RELATABLE. I 100% agree with you – especially Struggle #2. Those US / UK only giveaways ughh 🤦 I get excited when I see giveaways and then I see “US / UK only” under them and a little part of me dies every time that happens.
    One of the struggles of mine – there are no Target stores outside of the US! I hate it when my Kindle breaks or stops working and I go online to search for solutions, the only results that pop up are “get a replacement screen at Target” or “buy [insert part name] at Target”. Also there’s like a whole corner filled with books at most Target stores and when I see author tweet about special copies of their books that are ONLY AVAILABLE AT TARGET, I get disappointed!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Yesss, there are these amazing giveaways for books you’ve waited so long and they include ARCs or goodies or just the copy of a book you don’t own yet, but would love to, but they aren’t available for your country and it’s so sad 😥 Ah, I’ve never had issues with my kindle, fortunately, I don’t know what I would do if I did. That’s also a huge issue 😒😒

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  2. chellesbookramblings says:

    I relate to this so much, I’m an International Blogger too… I’m from Venezuela and everything you just said happens to me too…and recently it’s been made worse because of the economical and social crisis my country is going through…. Books aren’t a priority here, so like you I’m reduced to online shopping when I can…mostly ebooks because not even Book Depository or things like that Ship over here (it sucks)…
    But I have made contact online with some of my favorite Authors who are amazingly cool people and even in different time zone it’s awesome to be able to share your thoughts and joke around with people who actually understand you when you are raving about a book or a character you love…
    So let’s hang in there, and take advantage of what we can…

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I’m sorry to hear that there’s an economical and social crisis in Venezuela, I wasn’t aware of that. How bad is it for you? The same goes for Romania, books aren’t a priority, we complain so much about lack of education, but the prices for books are enormous! I’m sorry that BD doesn’t ship to you, it ships to my country, but the prices aren’t any better than in my country.
      Yaaay for that! I’ve actually only started recently to use twitter (like really use it) and it’s much easier than I thought to reach out to different authors! It’s amazing how some authors take the time to respond and write nice things in return! 😊❤ So, yes, I’m thankful for this!

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      • chellesbookramblings says:

        Sadly, it’s not very good over here…things are way too expensive no matter what it is…and books hardly get imported and when they do it has to be a huge best seller and things like that and the cost is unbelievable…I work on my own as a translator and get paid in foreign currency which makes it a bit easier to get by and of course to get books and things like that..but it is what it is…
        I’m thankful for being able to read as much as I do and for blogging because it takes my mind away from the reality of everyday life…

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        I’m sad to hear that, but I’m glad that you’ve got a good job and can get by easier! It’s still awful and I really hope your country’s crisis will pass. Reading is totally terapeutic and I can totally relate to using it as a way of managing with everyday life! 🙂

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  3. Hannah says:

    I really relate to this post on so many levels, especially that I probably won’t ever meet some of my favourite authors and there are way less book conventions here 😭 but Twitter and even Goodreads make it possible to get to know authors, so that’s great! 😌🌸

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  4. Taiwo B. says:

    Another pet peeve about being an international blogger is that some giveaways are not international. It’s so saddening. Also, in Nigeria, there are few libraries and those that do exist only have boring books. The few books I see here are really expensive and I rely mainly on Netgalley and book tours for books to read. It makes me so sad. Sigh!

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  5. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I relate to this post that’s why I try to make my giveaway international! Meeting some authors an dgoing to events is also a problem. I’m just so happy to got to my first event in London in february! What I would add is not receiving physical ARCs to showcase or you have to be a very important blogger as shipping costs are expensive. Now don’t be afraid to show your covers on IG I do it with my daughter’s books as she reads in French 😉

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Awww, I’m so happy you’re going to an event in London! What event is it?? ❤ I’m sure you’ll have lots of fun, book conventions always look like so much fun! Yess, not receiving physical ARCs is also a huge struggle. I did write to some of the Romanian publishers about working with them without receiving any response, which is a huge disappointment. But eh, DRCs are still amazing and I’m thankful for them too!

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      • Beware Of The Reader says:

        I’m going to RARE London. I would life to go to ComicCon too but I will have to convince my husband 😉

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    • Satou Johns says:

      I agree with you! It doesn’t matter if the covers are different, different is usually nice! ❤ So lucky that you are going to London! I wanna go back there 😦

      I am so exited to go to Boston next year! I want to go to some places ❤ (libraries XD)

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  6. Marie says:

    I love this post – maybe because I’m a bit of a masochist or something ahah. I actually wrote a blog post about my struggles as an international blogger back in… wow, I can’t remember, I think it was in July or something haha, anyway all of that to say, I love chatting about these kind of things. And complain a bit, let’s admit it ahah.
    I always feel like I am missing out on tons of things, just because I am in the wrong country. Giveaways, obviously, but also big bookish events, meeting my favorite authors and so on. I think I’m pretty lucky, since Amazon basically ships for free in my country and Book Depository does that as well, but still … I miss the feeling of going into bookshops and seeing all the books I want there, too, ahah. 🙂
    Great post! 😀

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Hahaha, thank you!! Ohh, now I’ll have to search for your post, I’m really curious! I’ll do it as soon as I’m done replying to your comment. 😁 I really tried hard not to seem like I’m complaining so much in this post, I don’t know if I was successful. Aww, I wish Amazon shipped (at all) in my country, I’m pretty sure they even made fun of this aspect when someone asked them when they would ship in Romania, saying something stupid about being scared of vampires or whatever. Buuut yes, I’d really love to get into a Barnes & Noble since people always say their shops are the best!😍

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      • Marie says:

        Oh you were successful, I mean, you just stated the obvious, it didn’t feel like complaining to me 🙂
        REALLY?? They did that? Wow, that’s so inconsiderate.
        Yeees, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones in the UK, English bookshops like that are the best. We should start our own bookshop in our countries 😍😍

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        ❤ Yeah, it sounded pretty inconsiderate, I guess they meant it as a joke, but it’s not really a joke when it’s your life, is it?
        😍😍 That would be amazing!! And they would be shops with actual decent prices, because some online shops in Romania do have english books, but they’re like two times as expensive as the translated version, which is ughhh!

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      • Marie says:

        I agree – it’s not and shouldn’t be a joke, it’s not even funny…
        OH YES, thatd be amazing. I have the same issue, some bookshops even have English titles here, but they’re sooo expensive.

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  7. justbeingnessa says:

    I totally get you. I’m an international blogger too. It’s great but it can also be annoying. I live in Nigeria, Africa. I have to get most books ebooks, I can’t win giveaways, I can’t order paperbacks because it can’t be shipped here and I can’t meet my favourite friends. Not to mention book clubs and meeting online book friends.

    Great post.

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  8. Satou Johns says:

    I am from Costa Rica and what I have struggle the most is having readers… People here does not seem to read or like to participate on any kind of discussion! The location for give aways or anything has been harsh. I hoped to be part of NetGallery, and I saw those little stones of “you life in Narnia and nobody reads you” restriction haha

    About the pictures hmmm I am not sure, different covers and different editions are more exotic 😉

    It is good to have this chat! And to know that not only me is having a his feeling of Oblivion xD

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Ah, I’m sorry to hear that! It’s kind of difficult for me to connect with readers in my country too, there are quite a lot, even if we only count ya lit, but it’s a bit difficult to reach out since there aren’t many book clubs or whatsoever. Glad the post can help! 😊

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  9. Ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    WAIT MATE RED ALERT: YOU ARE ROMANIAN??? WAIIIIITTTTT??? THAT MEANS WE CAN BOND OVER SARMALE AND MAMALIGA??? THAT’S SO AWESOME??? Excuse my caps but that’s like the most exciting thing ever since cinnamon ice cream. THIS IS THE BEST ROMANIANS STICK TOGHETER!!! Also waiiit….what you mean to tell me is Ruta Septys came to my country?? AND I DIDN’T KNOW THAT?? I feel horrible now omg I COULD’VE MET AN ACTUAL AUTHOR?? Gahhhhh.
    Oh and also I nodded to every single thing on this post and I already love your blog. Sorry I just got really excited and forgot to actually complimet your beautiful post.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      HELLOOOO, fellow Romanian blogger!!! ❤ I was actually planning to come over your blog later and check whether you're really romanian or not (because I saw your name and I was like 'the chance is huge, but I haven't encoutered a romanian book blogger around here yet'). HAHAHAHA, I'm all for fangirling all day about mamaliga and sarmale (they are my faves!!). Also, yesss to sticking together!! ❤ I know, that was my reaction too, she came to Bucharest and I missed it and felt sad for days. 😦
      HAhaha, no problem! I got really excited when I saw your comment too, so no worries! Thank you very much, you're a sweetie! ❤

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      • Ioana @dragonwaffles says:

        We will forever speak to each other in English now 😂. I THINK YOU MIGHT ME THE ONE AND ONLY PERSON ON THE INTERNET WHO CAN PRONOUNCE MY NAME!! It’s so so common and yet…not. I also haven’t encountered any romanian book bloggers just out in the wild that don’t write in romanian so there must be more out there. The search continues.
        Ahem…that moment when an author comes to your city and you miss it 🙃.

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        Hahaha, yeah! Isn’t it awkward when you have to speak to a fellow romanian in english, but it’s also very awkward to write in romanian too, since I’m so used to speaking in english on internet, lol. OMG, yesss, that might be true! Probably, so glad I found you! ❤ Aww, then you're from Bucharest. I'm also studying in Bucharest! 🙂

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  10. El says:

    Sometimes I also feel like Canada (where I’m from) is kind of excluded from these sorts of things! I’m always on the look-out for opportunities for Canadian bloggers to get involved!
    Fabulous post 🙂

    El @ Exclusory 💕

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  11. daniellethamasa says:

    I’m a US book blogger, but I lived in a small village and all of our mail went to a small post office. So many giveaways would say “No PO Boxes” and that always upset me. I knew they were doing that to keep contest/giveaway spam accounts from winning, but I had no other option for receiving my mail. It felt like I was being punished for living in a small rural community.

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  12. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I’m from Belgium and although the UK is only two train-rides away, it isn’t really all that cheap / easy to head on over whenever I want to. But at least I do have the opportunity of planning my trips there according to some bookish events happening. It’s why I’ve been torturing my boyfriend to go to London in July instead of September like we normally do because YALC!

    Apart from that: those UK/US only giveaways always hurt my poor soul. I get that the shipping expenses are real but it just sucks to feel excluded over and over again. It’s why I have an international and EU only giveaway happening on my blog.
    I do have to look into the countries BookDepository doesn’t ship to though and maybe figure out an alternative so I can make sure I can include the whole world whenever I do an international giveaway, haha.
    Pretty sure international bloggers are more invested in figuring out a solution for that than bloggers in the US/UK are. Not saying they aren’t invested in it; but maybe just that little bit less.

    The thing I don’t have any problems with is translated books though. I simply like reading in English way more than I like reading in my native language but that’s a personal preference.

    Love this post! Pretty recognizable!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      It’s great that you have the opportunity to go to UK from time to time, I’d die from excitement and spend all my time in libraries if I could go!
      That’s really nice of you and yeah, you might be right! I guess it’s very easy to overlook these issues when you don’t have to struggle with them. I’m pretty sure they don’t do it intentionally, but as you said, it’s pretty frustrating to be left out of these things.
      I prefer reading in english too, it’s just that English books are harder to come by in my country and usually way more expensive than the translated ones (like twice as expensive.
      Thank you very much! I’m glad you liked it!

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      • Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

        Trust me, I think I’ve seen pretty much all the big bookstores there are to see in London, haha. Next time I’m going there, the smaller ones are on the list! [Can’t exactly squeeze them all in or my boyfriend be annoyed, haha.]

        Yup, it definitely is! Instagram is the worst on that front. Certain bookstagrammers I follow only do US-only giveaways and it’s so.. ugh..

        That sucks! The Dutch ones are more expensive here because they’re pretty much all translated books. Funny how it’s the other way around in your country!

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        Ah, I don’t really use instagram. I only made one recently to follow some authors I want to support.
        Yeah, I’ve always thought it was weird how translated books are cheaper than the original ones. But I gueas they ship the english one from U.K. and that probably costs them a lot. In your case, their shipping costs are probably not that big for the Dutch publishers.

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  13. Marta says:

    While it does come with a lot of disadvantages, I love being an international blogger and meeting international bloggers as well! It’s just really nice to get to know new cultures and also how literature is like outside our country. For example, one of my favourite things is introducing Portuguese authors on my blog – even though their books are not likely to get translated anytime soon (because that’s really, really difficult).
    But the disadvantages are really hard to avoid. When it comes to major events, we only have Comic Con as well, but one of our publishers recently organized a bookish event and Anne Bishop came here as their host! Brandon Sanderson and Nicholas Sparks also came here recently. The problem is – everything happens in Lisbon and no way my parents would let me go there just because of these events (the train tickets are more expensive than what they should be, too). At least in my city we have the book fair every year! I also hate waiting for books to be translated (I’m still waiting for Always and Forever, Lara Jean to be released here) and that most of my friends live really far from me 😦

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      YAAAS, it’s very nice to meet people from all around the globe and learning new things about different cultures from your own. That’s really great, I’m always so frustrated whenever I read a review of a foreign book that sounds perfect, but it’s not translated in english. JUST give me the book!!! It’s kind of sad that it rarely happens, foreign books being translated (besides the classics).
      I’m sorry to hear that! 😦 I’m pretty sure Always and Forever, Lara Jean is currently being translated in Romania too. Thank god, I read the ebook and didn’t wait for the book. ❤

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      • Marta says:

        Now I read more in English than I do in Portuguese, but a friend gave me the second book in the trilogy in Portuguese, and I was too lazy to change it. So I just got the first book in Portuguese as well, and have to wait for the translation xD
        Recently, a really popular fantasy series by a Portuguese author got translated into Spanish and that made me really happy, even though I haven’t read said series! I’m sure there are a lot of awesome books out there that we’re missing out just because we don’t speak the language they’re written in 😦

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      • thecursedbooks says:

        I read way more in English than I do in Romanian these days too! I only read in Romanian when I borrow books from my library. Ah, it’s so annoying when this happens, I have Six of Crows in English and Crooked Kingdom in Romanian and it seems so awkward, but they will have to do, I guess. I just wanted to finish the duology as soon as possible and the English one wasn’t available.

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      • Marta says:

        I got The Heir and The Crown in English even though I have the original trilogy in Portuguese because they were cheaper (and the Crown was only now translated here xD) – these little things are so annoying, but we’ll have to live with them. They only seem like a big thing for us, bookworms 😛

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  14. berriesandbooksblog says:

    Can relate to this on so many levels. We are actually neighbours, because I live in Hungary, and while we have some bookish events happening here, it’s never a huge thing like to have famous authors coming or anything. I can only dream about going to big bookish events… Also the amount of giveaways I run into that are not international too! Though it’s slowly getting better but yeah. And they don’t sell books in English here much or if they do they are either even more expensive than ordering them online or are usually not the type of books I’d want to read. The struggle!

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Hello, neighbour! There are some bookish events here too, especially in big cities, with romanian authors and maybe some smaller things. But there aren’t things related to YA. Yesss! English books are so much more expensive too, which is a bit counter-intuitive since you expect translated books to be more expensive. But eh, shipping costs and all that can explain everything.

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  15. Ana says:

    I can relate to this too. Originally, I’m from Croatia and if I would post a book with cover in Croatian, I feel like people would be struck. Often we have either UK/US cover but the text is in Croatian and I feel like it would be weird. I think it is a bit easier for me to get book in English since I’m living in Germany. If I come across a big bookstore, they will probably have a section in English but the books are so damn expensive. So it is easier for me to order them online than to buy them directly in the shop. Even though, I sometimes do that because I just can’t resist or I had a bad day (*thinks back on that day where I spent almost 40€ on 3 books*). I live near a pretty big city and I’m surprised we don’t have a book fair or something like that. The closest bookfair I have here is like 4-5 hours away. >.< Which is not cheap considering I need to pay a train or bus there and then a hotel room since I don't know anyone who would go with me and just enjoy the world of books. T_T

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I can relate to not being able to resist to buying books, I adore the english versions because I usually prefer reading in english (because the translations might be bad or just because). I usually wait for promotions to buy the English versions and if it never happens, I give in and buy them at those awful prices, anyway. Same here, there was a book fair here and I couldn’t find anyone interested to go with me. And it was awful because I really wanted to go, but not alone. 😦

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  16. Sophie Li says:

    Hello!
    I suppose I am not an international blogger since I am from Canada. However I do love to meet international bloggers and readers, since it is interesting to learn about other countries and cultures! 🙂

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  17. thebookcollector32 says:

    The decision is very insensitive. Being a blogger I look forward to the net gallery ebooks and giveaways to read some lovely books which I can’t afford to buy. I just wonder won’t it affects their market if International blogger stop reading their books and writing about thm.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      They probably think that the US market is enough for them or that international bloggers won’t care much about it/forget soon about what they did and try to buy/access those books by other means.
      What hurts me very much is that their decision doesn’t even seem very well-thought, it’s just like they gathered and decided international bloggers/readers aren’t all that useful to their sales, therefore they have to go.

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