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 their work, 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.
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 private 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.