It is with a heavy heart that I’m here to announce the closure of my little blog tour business Neverland Blog Tours. If you’re active in the book blogging community, you’ll be familiar with blog tours and their place in book promotion. If you’re not and don’t really care then that’s fine too. But regardless of where you stand, my business, which I set up in 2014 is closing it’s doors. I won’t say for good because nobody knows what the future holds but for now, at least.
I am so incredibly proud of myself for building a whole entire business, from scratch, all on my own. It was at a time where I didn’t have much going on; my anxiety was pretty bad, I had my blog at this point but I was in no way making any money from it and I desperately needed something to pick me up and keep me ticking over. I started Neverland Blog Tours as a company which specalised in Fantasy / Sci-Fi and all sub genres of those because I felt like there was a gap in the market. It worked for a while but eventually, I opened up to all genres and once I did that, I saw Neverland Blog Tours grow and grow and grow. I had bookings 6 and 7 months in advance. I was so happy and proud that authors were chosing me to help promote their book!
Neverland Blog Tours gave me a purpose when I really needed one.
Over the course of the 5 or so years, it has led me to some wonderful authors, incredible books (which I may not have picked up otherwise) and an array of hard working book bloggers who’s blog’s I’ve grown to love and who’s reviews I’ve come to respect. Because they are the real gems in all of this. I truly couldn’t have done it without the list of over 70 bloggers who all at some point in the last 5 years have signed up to be a tour host with me and help me with my blog tours. I really couldn’t have done it without you and that support, thank you.
I’m desperately trying to take some positives from all of this; it’ll certainly allow me extra time to focus on my own blog which is thankfully, going from strength to strength. I may also look into freelancing, extra courses or something else, now I have that gap to fill. I won’t necessarily have spare time but I will have extra mental energy for new projects which I definitely don’t want to see go to waste.
However, despite whichever positive outlook I approach this with and whatever doors this may open for me, I’m still incredibly sad that this particular door has had to close. I’m shutting Neverland Blog Tours for a multitude of reasons (which I’m not going to go into here) but I’m pretty heart-broken that the thing I’ve worked so hard on and put so much time and energy into for all these years has come to an end. Do I feel like a failure? A little bit, at the moment. But I have no doubt that that feeling will pass and I’ll hopefully be left with pride over the fact that I managed to build and sustain my own business, work hard at it and see it succeed. If only for a short time in the grand scheme of things.
I came to this decision fully whilst staying at my boyfriend’s families house in the Lincolnshire countryside, in the peace and quiet, on the May bank holiday weekend. The country is a great place to be with your thoughts, I’ve found, and make sense of what’s going on in your life. I don’t think I would have been as clear headed had I been in Essex, in the hustle and bustle of daily life.
So with that, it’s time to bring this chapter to a close and Neverland Blog Tours has officially run out of its well needed pixie dust.
I wish all the tour hosts that have worked with me over these last 5 years all the very best with their blogs and all the authors that have worked with me, thank you. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart for putting your trust, your books, your work and your beautiful words in my hands. I hope I did you well.