Showing posts with label book bloggers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book bloggers. Show all posts

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Why Book Bloggers Don't Reply To Your Review Requests and How to Fix It

Again, it is time for another "I'm so upset about the sheer volume of ridiculous emails in my inbox that I write a post about it".

This time in the only form people seeking reviews seem to be able to read: Bullet points.

Again, this is mostly directed at inexperienced authors. Please, if you're reading this, take my advice. it works wonders.

I don't know how often I've said it, but the #1 remedy is always reading a review policy. I have specific instructions in mine, and if you're not following them, I'm not even opening your email. Be respectful.


  • "Hi/Hey/Howdy/(greeting of choice)/ Dear [Name]"
  • "Hi/Hey/Howdy/(greeting of choice)/ Dear [Blog Name]"

  • "Hi/Hey/Howdy/(greeting of choice)"

Why: If you're not even bothering to write my name, pretty sure it's a mass email. Delete.

First Line

  • [jumps right to pitch]
  • Personalization
  • Tell me why *I* am the right blog for this

Why: I like a good personalization. If you show me you read my blog, reference one of my tweets/interests, you've already got a foot in the door. Even if your book isn't for me, chances are I might give you some helpful feedback. Make me feel special and I'll be nice to you. It's okay if you jump right to the pitch as well if you can't think of anything.

  • "I know you don't like this genre"
  • [pitch for a genre I don't read]
  • "I know you don't read this, but"
  • "I know you receive many submissions/are you so busy, but"
  • I'm a big fan of your blog (Note: almost always a lie, I react allergic to it at this point)

Why: Lies are never good. Just say nothing instead of lying. Don't try to guilt-trip me into reading something, and don't try to talk me into trying a genre that I don't want to read. You'll fail.


  • I'm offering you a free copy for review

  • I'm offering you a free copy for review on the following sites:
  • I'm offering you a free copy, if
  • If you're not interested, can you promote my book anyway

Why: Book bloggers know what they're doing. You come across as patronizing. We're not going to change our habits because of you. Who do you think you are to even suggest that? Delete.

After You Sent the Book

  • asking whether I received the book

  • reminding me of the launch date
  • giving me a deadline à la "have you read it yet, if not read it by"
  • asking me how much I read
  • asking me when I'll post the review
  • following up in any form whatsoever

Why: Chill out. Your book will be read if I said that it would be. The only thing you'll achieve is that I won't ever work with you again. Maybe decide to not even read the book and cancel our whole arrangement because you're annoying to work with.

  • Don't listen to any tips you get from people who aren't bloggers and reviewers
  • Don't listen to any tips you get from people who have successfully spammed their way into getting a lot of reviews
  • Read review policies (!!!!)
  • Personalize your requests and pick the bloggers you target carefully
  • Read review policies

Authors: If you have any more questions, there's an option to submit a comment anonymously. 

Bloggers: Any pet peeves to add?

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

10 Must-Follow Book Blogs | Top Ten Tuesday

I think it's very important to share and promote your favorites from time to time. 

Here are some of my favorite book blogs that I visit regularly and that you should definitely check out and follow!

They host the Discussion Challenge which definitely impacted my blog a lot back when I began. A super pretty blog with a lot great content!

If you like to branch out a little and are don't only like reading about YA books, this is your pick. A great source for diverse and unconventional reads. 

If you want to be up to date about the newest releases and read ARC reviews as quickly as possible, this is the blog to read!

If you don't only want to read reviews and discussions but like the occasional upbeat post about something else, try this blog. Even though I love regular book blogs it's refreshing to read a blog that's mixing both lifestyle/personal and bookish!

I originally came across this blog via their original feature Feature Follow Friday. It's a great way to find more blogs and gain followers. You should definitely check their blog out, they write the most entertaining posts!

A wonderful blog that always helps me discover great new reads! They have a feature called Fresh Reads where they post about the new releases on the market. Super helpful!

If you like romance and urban fantasy, this is the blog for you! A lot of reviews of great books here.

I love this blog! Honestly one of those that I almost check every day. If you like passionate reviewing and fun discussions, check their blog out.

A new discovery. The perfect mixture of helpful posts on how to become a blogger and wonderful reading recommendations!

Probably my favorite book blog. Tracy posts the most entertaining discussions and has impeccable taste in YA!
She also hosts the Dystopia & Horror Reading Challenges that I highly suggest you participate in.

What are your favorite book blogs?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originating from The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they choose topics that we are supposed to create a list about, considering our personal reading preferences.

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