Author Advice, Blog Post, Book Bloggers, Book Reviews

#Authors are you struggling to find #bookbloggers to #review your book? Read on for help reaching out … #amreading #amblogging #amediting #authoradvice

Well, this is my first post of 2019 so Happy New Year! 

I hope it’s gotten off to a great start for you all.

I’ve noticed over the last few weeks in some of the Facebook groups I’m in that authors are struggling to find bloggers to read and review their books. And not ‘just’ indie authors either. When I’ve asked what methods the authors are using, some of them are going about it the wrong way because yes, there is some etiquette required here and not everyone knows or appreciates this.

It’s with this in mind I’m writing this post. 

I want to help. I want to make sure every author out there has the best chance of getting those all-important reviews and the exposure that comes from working with the amazing bloggers out there.

Book bloggers are a group of the most wonderful people I have the pleasure of knowing. I have made some connections who will remain friends for life and not just with other bloggers, with authors too. And not just those whose books I read; some write in genres that aren’t my thing but I still feature them on my blog and shout about their work, as do many other bloggers, because bloggers are ace! 

If you get it right with us that is. 

Back to the Facebook conversations, when discussing the methods the authors were using, I discovered some were sending tweets, some were tagging bloggers in groups, some were sending their Amazon/website links via Direct/Private Messenger … I was cringing reading some of the comments. I was also upset to see that lots of indie authors assume bloggers won’t read indie authors, this is so far from the truth it’s unreal! But after a little more probing, they were assuming that as they weren’t getting responses to their Twitter DMs and that made me realise people don’t always know how to make that first contact. They have no idea what to say or how to say it.

My first piece of advice is to join in with group conversations on social media. I’m more likely to respond to a name I recognise than one I don’t. And don’t just join groups and immediately ask for reviews, get to know people first, comment about things other than your work, talk about books you love, authors you admire, your writing process, then, when your book is ready to make its way out into the world, you will have a team of friends ready and willing to help you.

I’ve come to realise lots of authors hate selling themselves, they hate the publicity side of things, and to be fair, you don’t know something until you know, so I’ve decided to share this page again.

Book Bloggers & How to Approach Them

This details the most effective way of putting together a review request; it won’t work 100% of the time but trust me, it will work 100% better than a tweet or prive message with your Amazon link! 

There’s also a list of over fifty bloggers for you to make a start. Now, they might not all be the right fit for your book, but remember, bloggers love sharing the book love so they may still be able to feature you with a guest post or interview. The possibilities are endless when you get that first contact right.

Do let me know your thoughts in the comments and make sure you spread this one far and wide to help your author friends.

Have a great evening and keep writing. 

Much love,

Emma 🙂

 

 

9 thoughts on “#Authors are you struggling to find #bookbloggers to #review your book? Read on for help reaching out … #amreading #amblogging #amediting #authoradvice”

  1. This is really useful, thanks! Being reminded that there’s an etiquette in trying to get your book reviewed is a big help – I think there’s a tendency for authors (well maybe just me, who knows) to be so wrapped up in the obvious brilliance of the work (!) that we forget the usual social niceties. After all, no one knows who we are and yet we’re yelling at people to go and help us out immediately, right now! So, thanks for the reminder to take a step back and be a proper human about this. Great post.

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  2. The biggest problem is that authors (and publicists) don’t bother to look at our blogs or our Goodreads profiles to see if the book they want us to read is in the same genres that the blogger likes to review. This is the #1 biggest mistake of all the requests that I get from authors and publicists.

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  3. Lots of sound advice Emma. Reading the review policy and the ‘about me’ content is the most important thing an author can do before sending a pitch. It’s so irritating to get a request to review a book that is nothing like what the blogger normally reads. Second piece of advice I would give – and it connects to the first – take some time to read the blog and get to know the style the blogger uses, their likes and dislikes. It all comes down to knowing your market

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  4. Thanks Emma. Yes, sound advice. I have learned a lot over the years about approaching nook bloggers and I have also learned that it’s worth getting one of the blog tour organisers to do the groundwork for me 🙂 I now recognise and have got to know some of those lovely bloggers who’ve featured me as part of blog tours. Of course, I have been happy to pay the blog tour host for this though it’s the tour host who gets paid, not the bloggers.
    I was also recommended another really good readers group on Facebook where you can offer your book(s) up for reviews. I have got lots more book reviews that way and of course only those interested in your books put themselves forward to review 🙂 That group and Book Connectors have been invaluable to me as an author. I love Book Connectors as there’s a great mutual respect between bloggers, authors and readers. We are all mutually dependent on one another and many people are authors, readers and bloggers – it may just be question of degree!

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  5. I’m a blogger (and writer but not finished yet) I get a lot of review requests and not much time to read. The best thing to do is contact the blogger you want to do the review. And read their blog and their review policy to see if your book is something they’d like. Don’t over sell on twitter or have an automatic message ( hate that) asking people to read your book. Just be you. Connect with people online and have conversations. Networking. And ask them nicely in a proper email if they’d be interested. Put your passion into it, tell them how great your book is and maybe it’ll be infectious.

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    1. Speaking with both reader and author hats on, I always find it a bit cringeworthy authors saying how great their book is. I’d much rather see an author’s passion for their characters or subject matter.

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      1. That’s good then, Jen. Yes indie authors have to market themselves but I agree with what you say about just being yourself and having conversations. I much prefer it if other people recommend a book or let the reviews speak for themselves. You can market your books in all sorts of ways. I usually say how chuffed I am with a latest 5 star review, for instance, and share to my author’s page and newsfeed or a group or two. If an author says that I’ve got to read their book because of how great it is I am immediately put off and I know many others are too. I guess because what we consider ‘great’ is a very subjective thing but also it’s a tricky balance between over-promotion and invisibility.

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