Jera’s Jamboree : How to get (and keep) a book blogger on your side

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First of all we would like to say thank you to all the authors who support us and work so willingly with us.  You’ve made our blogging experience that much better by building a relationship with us and taking part in the give and take of the author/reader world.  Thank you!

With all the ‘cold’ PR on social media, DizzyC and I thought it might be beneficial to authors looking to interact with readers to share our own experiences in the hope that it will help those looking to build a relationship with book bloggers.

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Here’s DizzyC’s list of Do’s and Don’ts:

Do

  • Use blogger’s name in your email.  Address them directly
  • Follow bloggers on their website/Facebook/Twitter and interact with them.  Bloggers are very generous and will share tweets/status updates of like-minded folk
  • Do take a little time in your social media time to generally chit chat with your Facebook page followers/Twitter followers. You will appear more human rather than just an advertisement for your latest novel and you will get to know your readers.
  • Do share snippets about your writing progress, research etc.  Great promo for your forthcoming novel, and a good way to gain interest from potential readers.  Book bloggers love to help spread the news.
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Don’t

  • Befriend on Goodreads and then immediately ask them to read your novel or even buy your novel
  • Befriend on Twitter and send a DM – buy my book. Or tag them in a tweet – “buy my book”
  • Send email requests to bloggers who specifically say that they do not read your genre
  • Send email requests to bloggers who have stated in their review policy that they are not taking any new authors, or review requests at present time/until a given date.  We are very busy these days and often feel bad for turning books away but it is unfortunate.  Having to reply with this info when an author has already pointed out in their email that they know you are not taking requests makes it really hard.

I would like to expand on some of these.

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We choose our Twitter and Facebook timelines/newsfeed … what we see determines our experience.  If your tweets and status updates are mostly selling your novel, retweets with little or no personal interaction, you may find yourself losing followers.

Build an online relationship with your prospective reader. Respond to tweets, as DizzyC says, don’t DM asking us to read your book.

I think it’s fair to say that all automatic DM’s have the same affect.  “I’m looking forward to reading your tweets” with a buy link to your book doesn’t bring the joy you may suppose it does.  If you’re looking forward to our tweets, then why don’t you respond and interact?  Straight away the seasoned blogger will know that this is just a PR ploy.  It has nothing to do with getting to know your reader.

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A recent Tweet.  Although not a DM, this is a good example!

Name and link removed.  This author is NOT following me and hasn’t tweeted with me before 😦

The same thing applies on Facebook.  Don’t like a blog Facebook page and then use it to post on the wall information about your website and your books.  You may see it as a source of free advertising but it will do nothing to build that all important author/reader relationship. Think future. Think two-way relationship.

If you’ve been scheduled for a guest post or interview, make a note in your diary/planner and don’t expect the blogger to chase you (although most, in fact, will … and you know why? Because they are committed to what they do).  Check out the blog, look at the format.  Not all bloggers set out their posts in the same way and not all include the same information.  Does the blogger add an author photo?  Bio?  Links?  If you provide this information along with your post, this saves the blogger time Googling and hunting it out for themselves.

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Don’t leave sending the information until the last minute.  Bloggers often have full-time jobs and families.  Expecting to be reminded and leaving it until the last minute adds pressure and you will still expect your post to be up on the blog on the agreed date.  Respect that the blogger has been generous enough to host you and make sure you give the blogger plenty of time to prep and schedule the post.  Don’t forget, the majority of bloggers are doing this FREE OF CHARGE.  Make the admin side as easy as possible.

With regards to review requests, if you’ve managed to get a positive response, despite a review policy advising they are not accepting requests (see DizzyC’s last don’t) then don’t repeatedly contact asking when your review will be on the blog.  What you should remember is that the blogger’s To Be Read pile was already a huge towering stack and you have effectively manipulated the blogger to accept your request (yes DizzyC is correct, it is hard to refuse, there are so many fabulous worlds out there to explore).

You will have to be patient.  In fact this applies to all accepted review requests, don’t badger the blogger.  You may find that your book gets further and further down the pile … and your next book?  What do you think will happen?  Have you built up a two-way, give and take relationship?

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We don’t mean this to sound negative but these truly are the things that will increase your readership and your relationship with bloggers.

The sadness is, that I have known book bloggers who have chosen to give up.  The blog they started because of their love of reading has turned into pressure, stress, headache, time-consuming and they just don’t want the harassment anymore.  Book bloggers and authors have lost a valuable member of their community.

Look at the most successful authors on social media and follow their examples (and we don’t mean success is the most followers/the most friends).  Remember it’s not just for NOW but for the FUTURE as well.  Bloggers may become your fans.  Certainly they can be a valuable part of your writing journey.  Start building that relationship.

Let’s treat each other as people, first and foremost, and everything else will slot into place.

The faces behind the blogs.

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You can find DizzyC blogging at DizzyC’s Little Book Blog.  Tweet with her at @dizzyclbb and like her blog Facebook page.  You’ll also find her on Goodreads.

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You can find me on Twitter @shazjera and JJ’s Facebook page.  I’m on Goodreads too.

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89 thoughts on “Jera’s Jamboree : How to get (and keep) a book blogger on your side

  1. Speaking as someone currently with a book on tour, I think this advice is spot on and although it sounds silly, some of it isn’t always as obvious as it may seem.
    For example, for my guest post on this blog last month, I assumed Shaz would only want it the night before! I thought she was too busy to want it any earlier. Duh!
    I’m also in the middle of promoting my book heavily and it is very tempting to bang out ‘BUY my book’ tweets, as I am very wrapped up in making a success of the launch. But you’re right; no one wants to read those messages constantly. And I’m with you on auto respond DM’s; I detest them.
    Finally, I’m in awe of the work book reviewers do on their blogs to support authors. I think publishers should get together and have a World Book Blogger day when you all get treated like celebs and showered with gifts and praise. So if the big six are reading – over to you!
    Cathy Bramley x

    • Cathy, you are one of THE BEST authors who interact, building that all important relationship. We want to support you and get the word out to our networks. We want to continue too on to the future.

      Thank you for treating us with respect and recognising that we have personalities 😀

      Shaz
      x

  2. I very much agree with what you’ve said ladies, it’s unbelievable how much stress book blogging can put you under if you let it.

    Having been ill recently I’ve found the pressure of all the review requests just too much and admit that I have contemplated giving up! Instead I have now decided to just start saying no (something that I agree is hard to do) so that I can read some of the mountain of books that I have personally bought and would love to read. Next year will be very different for me for a reason that I can’t go into just yet so I plan to concentrate on the books I have bought and hopefully reduce the pressure.

    Thank you for bringing these points to light and I hope it helps some authors to understand things from our side 🙂

    • Kate, I get emails from book bloggers asking how to organise their book blogging. I hope that some tips I pass on that work for me also works for them.

      Like you, I would love to read books that I’ve bought too. I’ve sneaked a couple in this month! How fab it was to read something I’d paid for 😀

      Don’t give up – do say no. You are more than a blogger in my network and would hate for you to stop. Your blog and reviews are fab. I listen to what you say 🙂 and we’re friends now!

      I think I might have guessed what’s happening next year. Look forward to hearing more. Blogging must take a step back… but it doesn’t mean you stop reading for pleasure.

      Shaz
      x

    • Kate,

      I shall be watching for your news about next. year.
      I felt like giving up on a couple of occasions this year. Once when I had a miscommunication with an author, who thought my review was public property and another due to all the family issues we have had this year.

      It was a handful of wonderful authors, who emailed me and supported me through these thoughts that made me decide to continue.

      I do hope you can continue for long into the future. I for one, value your online friendship.
      carol xxx

  3. A very informative piece and very valuable to writers. I had lunch with a famous writer once who said the most embarrassing thing for her was reading tweets from authors urging people to buy their books. She, however, had an advantage. She was a famous face with an established international reader base. In today’s world our society seems to encourage an ‘in your face’ attitude with people keen to achieve their fifteen minutes of fame by whatever means. This must also trip over into the author’s world. However, from my experience, making a good connection with reviewers is the best way to spread the word.

    Thank you Dizzy and Shaz.

    • Unfortunately, the ‘in your face’ doesn’t translate to the literary world. Bloggers on the whole are totally turned off by this.

      Once you’ve made that connection with readers/bloggers they won’t let go either. They’ll support you and spread the word.

      Thank you for commenting Jo.
      Shaz

    • HI Jo,

      Thank you for your comment.
      I love nothing more than to see tweets or fb status on an author’s page letting us know they are human….general chit chat makes me feel that I can connect with them.

      carol

      • Social media has changed the way authors communicate with readers. It’s a fab tool if used correctly isn’t it Carol!

  4. Think It should be etched in stone…good advice & good manners. I don’t mind people promoting as long as it’s in an interesting way and doesn’t just shout at me and they don’t do it all the time and have nothing else to say (& def. not anything to say about anyone else). Am I getting old or is that happening more often on twitter?

    • Bridget, I think authors may think that social media is a platform to shout about their book.

      As Carol said in the post, tweet interesting things about your book as in the research, snippets etc and your fans will spread the word.

      Good manners go a long way …

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz

    • Thank you, Bridget. Yes, I feel I am seeing more robotic shout outs about a book. I notice it when I get a tweet and go to retweet in return only to find a long list of ‘buy my book’

      carol

      • Hand up – when I’m followed on Twitter now I check out the timeline and in all honesty, if I only see self promotion I don’t follow back …

  5. Every so often I read a post that really makes me sit up and take notice, and this is one such post. As an author I confess I was once guilty of the awful ‘Hello new “tweep”, visit my website – now!’ style DM, until I realised how much I dislike receiving similar messages from other authors. Now I don’t DM at all, unless I have private information to share with a certain follower. Twitter, more than any other social networking site, has made me very aware of how many authors are struggling to get their work noticed, and I can only imagine how much pressure reviewers are under to try and support these authors. Having dabbled in book reviewing I know how much time it takes to do the job properly, and have nothing but respect for serious book reviewers.

    I am also a big advocate of the human approach on social networking sites. When I receive a personal message it makes my day, and as a result of interacting with people I’ve made some wonderful new friends. Hopefully others will take note, deactivate their automated DM’s and give socialising a try.

    Great post ladies. Thank you both for sharing.

    • Social media = socialising. YES Alison 🙂

      Self-publishing has opened up a whole new world (alongside ways to promote it). Something I read recently about getting your book published (either self-pub or trad pub) is don’t expect the money to come rolling in. Maybe expectations are too high and that comes out in the desperate feel of the tweets.

      Thank you for commenting today.

      Shaz

    • Thank you, Alison

      I am not totally againist ‘buy my book’ tweets, after all it is a great way to publicise a book, but there has to be more to a tweet page than that, and yes those automated DM’s do not get a reply from me.

      carol

  6. Great post and all so true. Don’t we hate those DM on twitter saying look at my website and buy my book. I respond with a DM saying read my too. Never had a reply yet.
    What annoys me is publishers emailing to ask if you will read and review a book and the book never arrives. One sent me leaflet with first nine chapters to reviewing and asking for author to do a guest post which I would happily do but sorry can’t review a book on nine chapters.

    • I have been fortunate enough to have received the books publishers have requested a review for Anne. Even when an empty package arrived and I emailed Simon & Schuster, they sent another book for me. I can imagine the frustration of being asked to review on a sample only.

      One publisher sent me an unsolicited book with no postage. With the extra costs incurred, I could have bought it myself (had I wanted to). But then a couple of weeks later another copy arrived (with postage this time) so now I have two…

      Thanks for commenting Anne.
      Shaz

  7. Fabulous post, Shaz and Dizzy, and very well said. Thank you for reminding us all of basic principles and good manners.

    First of all, let me say how much I, as an author, appreciate what you do for me personally and for authors generally. Really, without your support it would be like standing in a dark forest without a torch or a sat nav. LOL! Your work and unfailing enthusiasm means the world.

    It saddens me to think that blogging can cease to be fun and can start to feel like too much work and too much pressure. When I read about you guys thinking about giving up, or the lovely Kate thinking of throwing in the towel because it’s all too much, I get very worried and very concerned. Blogging shouldn’t be like this. So I send my biggest hugs and all my positive vibes in hopes that you know that *most* of us hapless authors out there don’t mean to cause you stress and pain. 🙂 I hope I’m making sense here.

    As for Twitter… don’t even get me started. I’m with you all the way on the advice you give here and the pointers you share, and I’m taking them very seriously indeed. Thank you and rock on. And please keep blogging because… we love you! All of you! XXXX

    • Nicky, you’re one of THE BEST authors I work with You are always respectful and never expect or presume. You’re great at showing your gratitude. Even from those first days you’ve only ever treated me as ‘human’ 😀

      Thank you for words today.
      Shaz
      x

    • Nicky
      You, Linn B Halton, and Mandy Baggot, amongst others are the reason I did not give up earlier in the year when I had a difficult time. Your support is amazing, thank you.

      carol

  8. I’ve left a comment over at Dizzy’s too, and just wanted to say that I can’t think of two people who combined have done so much for new writers. You are professionals and anyone who doesn’t realise and respect that, is not deserving of your precious time. Personally you have both made a BIG difference to my own journey as a writer and your support has kept me going – so I thank you both for that from the bottom of my heart. I think we all hate those DMs and I rarely read DMs now because of that. So few are meaningful. I have made some good friends via social media (that’s how we met, Shaz!) although I will admit that I prefer email as a means of keeping up to date. What I admire most though, is that you have both kept your blogs personal – you put your heart into your reviews and it shows. I like to think that ‘like minded’ people will find each other, and the content of a blog/website will tell you a lot about the individual running it. Clearly you are proud of what you have achieved (rightly so!), and I’ve been proud to be featured by you both – and always feel a sense of continuing amazement for your stamina and love of reading. People who hassle, chase, apply pressure and rudely expect you to jump at a moment’s notice, are people to be avoided. I had a DM the other day kindly informing me one of my links was broken, when I clicked through it was the guy’s book on Amazon. He might have thought that was a clever ploy and it did make me laugh out aloud! Needless to say, I didn’t buy a copy. Headless chickens we might end up being, but I hope we all remember not just to say ‘thank you’ but to be really VALUE what you guys do! Without having met you, Shaz, I probably wouldn’t still be writing! Lxxx

    • Wow Linn, thank you! You are another of THE BEST authors I’ve worked with. That personal touch? The emails where we keep up with what’s going on? THAT’s what it’s all about. We’ve become firm friends over the past couple of years – and we met on social media! I know I nag you but it’s for the right reasons 😀

      By the way, that Amazon link? It may have been an affiliate link and you will be recognised for I think it’s a month. So all your purchases on Amazon (no matter what you buy) he will receive a percentage of. I dislike that too 😦 People should be honest … my father drummed that into me 🙂

      Keep on writing Linn. We love to read your worlds!
      Shaz
      x

      • Oh, wow, Shaz! More fool me for clicking on the link. I’ve bought a lot of things on Amazon in the last month, some through legitimate links where people display them on their websites, but that I don’t mind. I clicked because I really thought I was giving out a broken link! Doh!

      • I understand that people need to make a living, need to get some cash flow, but that’s underhand 😦 I’ve done it before! (I mean clicked on a link lol) Now if I see something then I search for it myself.

    • Linn,
      thank you for both of your comments.
      As I mentioned earlier, you, Nicky and Mandy were the authors who supported me through a tough blogging time earlier this year and helped me to make the decision not to give up.

      Your personal and professional support is amazing, thank you.

      carol

    • Nikki, you have always been really supportive of authors since I’ve known you! You always give loads of your time. Honoured to have met you through social media 😀

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz
      x

    • Nikki

      Your support as a fellow blogger is much appreciated. I know you have had a tough year and hopefully this post will help authors to see that us bloggers are human, too. 🙂

      carol xx

      • We are that like a team 🙂 Thank you too Carol, so happy to have met you too through our love of books and blogging 🙂 xx

  9. What a fantastic post! I couldn’t agree more with what has been said. Thankfully most of my experiences have been positive albeit with the odd one that has made me want to scream. My biggest gripe I suppose is when we go to all the trouble of putting together posts and make sure the link is shared over multiple social media platforms and the author doesn’t even acknowledge the post, leave a comment or even share the link! This makes me think twice about working with the author again. I adore being a blogger and I too have learned to say no when feeling under pressure. Although I will go that extra mile for authors who have been kind and courteous in the past and there are lots of wonderful people out there. I am honoured to now call lots of them my friends! x

    • Have to agree with you JB – it takes time for us to write a review, time for us to prep and scheduled a guest post/interview/spotlight and then no promotion or acknowledgment of that free support. Rare occasions I have to say but even so …

      I think all book bloggers will agree with you too on going that extra mile for courtesy – I know I do!

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz
      x

    • JB,
      Another dear blogger friend and support who has a full life away from blogging. Our mutual support keeps us going.

      i don’t think some authors realise quite how much goes into preparing our blogs, though majority do.

      Countdown to Bedford so we can P A R T Y. Such a shame our dear friend Sharon cannot make it.

      carol

  10. First of all, a wonderful post!

    Second, I consider myself truly blessed because I have met so many amazing people during the course of lining up bloggers to review my book. I consider Sharon a friend (Hi Sharon!) and I love the new daily interactions I have with bloggers that have nothing to do with my book! I always try to tweet the links, thank the blogger either on their page, or Twitter or Facebook or with a personal email. I also send hand written thank you notes, too. Hey Sharon–and Kate at Me, My Books & I–that reminds me, I need your addresses!

    But you all have been INSTRUMENTAL in helping this debut author get off the ground. And if you don’t think your work matters to people like me, it does–everytime you post something I see my numbers go up on social media. So what you so is so, so important.

    And I would say if a request doesn’t interest you, decline it. I would rather you read my book because you are excited about it, not out of duty. 🙂

    Keep up the good work, ladies!

    • Aven, you are another author who is the BEST! Right from the very beginning of our ‘chats’ you’ve treated me as a person and are interested in getting to know me rather than seeing me as a blogger – thank you! I know lots of us bloggers consider you a diamond 😀

      Unfortunately, book blogging does start feeling like a chore. We do lose our reading mojo when it becomes pressured to do so. Fortunately, I do read the books that interest me but it’s the expectation of the review being on the blog by a certain time that takes away some of the enjoyment of reading. I am blessed to have such a wide range of genres waiting to be read and doubly blessed to have the opportunity to read some of the fab books that come through my letterbox (or inbox).

      I think the world needs more book bloggers 😀

      Thank you for your lovely comments Aven. We appreciate your support!

      Shaz

  11. Thank you so much for this interesting article. I have to confess to being a newcomer to blogging and realise I have to learn more. I was very fortunate to have a great team of bloggers work on the ‘cover reveal’ for my novel, Gracie’s War.’ I tried hard to ensure that I thanked the everyone, promote the blogs to my writing students and friends, and share wherever I could. I had a problem in that sometimes it was impossible to leave a message. It worried me that people would think I was taking and not giving back.
    So, as a new author – thank you all very much! As a reader – thank you again!
    Elaine

    • Thank you for sharing with us Elaine.

      Those captcha codes can be really annoying. When I heard though about how many spam comments one author received when they took it off, I empathised BUT I still curse them! Sometimes I forget to copy what I’ve written in case I have the code wrong and have lost the text and have to start again.

      Happy writing and reading.

      Shaz

  12. I’m not a book blogger but this made me think of what happened to me as a reader.I wrote to the author of a fifteen year old Vermont cook book that had inspired a six year dream to visit the state.I told her just how much I’d loved the book and how I was using the it like a guidebook for my trip. The reply was like a pre written auto reply about places at her new venture, a yoga B n B.I was disappointed she couldn’t make some slightly more personal reply, which would have taken so little extra effort. Book bloggers are going to even more effort than my little fan mail so I can imagine how not being appreciated would feel.

    • Hi Nicola, coincidentally I’ve recently read an article on whether authors should answer their own mail or have someone answer for them. It sounds as if you received one from an assistant… and a reply promoting newer material to boot. Very disappointing for you after the excitement of writing that letter 😦

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz

  13. Hey, Shaz and Dizzy!

    Great post, you girls. I agree wholeheartedly with the do’s and don’t’s of blogging! I really REALLY can’t stand authors who tweet me with links of their books. Just like that, no “Hello, nice to see you on Twitter” or “How are you?”. Author-reader relationships are vital when social media plays a part in the industry. I find that the friendlier the authors are, the more inclined they are to get readers.

    Alas, I loved this post, keep it up 🙂

    • YES Kev – so true. We are more inclined to take time over reading the blurb and finding out a bit more about an author who treats us with common courtesy and respect.

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz

  14. Can I add something else to the list (with my book blogger hat on)? If you’re sent guidelines for blog posts, please stick to them! If the blogger asks for images as separate attachments, send separate attachments etc. Don’t make extra work for the blogger.

    If you’re a guest on someone’s blog, keep an eye on the comments and respond. If they’ve reviewed your book, please remember to say thank you. Good manners again.

    • Rhoda I do agree with Elaine – some blogs have been really hard for me to comment on (tour hosts) but if I can’t get past the captcha, then I do tweet them and thank them instead!

      Good point about the guidelines. They are there for a reason …

      Thank you for adding to the list Rhoda.
      Shaz

      • Shaz, that’s a great idea. I’ll check who I couldn’t contact and sent s tweet.

      • Looking forward to taking Gracie’s War on tour with Fiction Addiction Elaine!

        I noticed that on the cover reveal you left comments.
        Shaz

  15. Thanks for this brilliant post – book bloggers are quite simply awesome in what they do, for both writers and readers.

  16. What a great post, Shaz. As an author, I’m not a natural promoter and have to force myself to big-up my books. But I know it has to be done. I always try not to be icky and self-promoty, but sometimes a sneaky tweet escapes and I’ll have to reach for the delete button! Having friendly book bloggers to chat to and help out is fantastic. So thank you to all you amazing bloggers and reviewers out there who make all the difference in helping books reach their audiences, and in making the promotional experience more about connecting with like-minded people, rather than about selling books.

    • Shalini, you’re another author who is one of the BEST 😀 I’ve loved all our communications and meeting you was a fab experience for me.

      Thank you.
      Shaz

  17. Thanks so much for this. I’ve just been astonished at the enormous generosity of book bloggers, many, as you say, doing it for free. The support and reviews I’ve had have meant so much. Commercial fiction gets so little mainstream press coverage, so we authors need you so much. I always think the rule of thumb for online interaction should be – would you say that to someone’s face in a social situation? With many of the examples you’ve given, the obvious answer is no.

    • Rosie, when I’ve tweeted about you/reviewed, you were really personal in your replies. This is what Carol and I are trying to express. We don’t mean we are put off by book promotions, only that we are considered as people too 😀

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz

  18. Great post! From the book blogger side, so much of this is true. I’ve had authors add me on Goodreads then ask me to buy their book to review it (only £8.99!! I very rarely spend that on a book!).

    Thankfully, most Authors that have contacted me have been amazing and understand that working full time leaves me with limited reading and reviewing time and I fit them into my schedule as soon as possible. They’ve obviously taken your advice ;D xx

    • Hahaha 😛

      Carol and I have seen quite an increase lately of ‘cold’ PR 😦

      We are fortunate to have some fab authors support us (as you can see from the comments) which is great.

      Happy Reading
      Shaz

  19. Wow!! You certainly did invite some comments, girls! You made all the right points, fairly and politely – and people really do need to respond positively. I think some authors sometimes feel a bit desperate and reach out in the wrong way. These are clear, very reasonable guidelines, thanks for sharing them. And Carol … I’m sorry you had to chase me recently. Hangs head in shame and sits in corner. Seriously, any author who writes a book(!!) really should know how long it takes to read one. Much better that book is read NOT under pressure, and enjoyed by the blogger who is giving FREELY of their precious time. Make ‘Don’t Badger the Blogger’ your number one rule, writers. Ta, girls! 🙂 xx

    • Sheryl, your comment about reading NOT under pressure makes all the difference. I think book bloggers are all under that pressure now and it DOES affect the enjoyment. We just want to enjoy what we love doing 🙂

      Thank you for commenting.
      Shaz
      x

  20. Great tips! I’ve been on both sides of the equation, as a book reviewer and an author, and there can be frustrations from either end. Sometimes as a reviewer (particularly when unpaid), things just fall to the wayside. Either you’ve got lots of other work to get through, or you just can’t finish the book and don’t want to come off as either flakey for not writing a review or impolite with a (constructively) critical opinion, or there are sometimes books that just inspire no real feelings at all.

    On the opposite side, as a writer trying to obtain reviews, it can be frustrating when people accept copies and never follow up with that review they promised, even after you’ve emailed to ask (maybe several times!) when you might expect it. I don’t like to feel I am badgering anyone, so typically if I receive an reply saying the review is on the way, I just continue to wait. It becomes frustrating if months go by and the review never materializes, but who wants to be the annoying writer who keeps on emailing to ask where their review is? Some of the frustration comes from a lack of any posted schedule by many bloggers. I know they review and post in their free time, so I can’t really expect a strict schedule, but it would be nice if the site had a page stating when reviews are typically posted (either days of the week, or some estimate of how long from receiving a book to posting a review it typically takes, so writers would know what is a normal response time).

    In the end, for me silence is typically worse than a bad review. Even if the blogger/reviewer simply writes me back with a personal email saying s/he is unable to review the book, for whatever reasons, I would prefer to be kept in the loop about what’s happening behind the scenes. That’s just my 2 cents! 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I agree with you! You’ve finally reached the publishing stage. You’ve contacted bloggers to review and received a positive response and you’re anxious but excited to find out what they think of the world you’ve created. Then silence. No review and no response to your follow-up email. Questions run around your mind, all negative. After all, authors may already have received x amount of rejections from publishers and the silence and the wait means you’re probably thinking it wasn’t liked.

      To be honest Laura, I think bloggers say yes sometimes because they can’t say no. They love the blurb of your novel and really would like to read it but they have no time. And then they receive unsolicited novels from publishers through the post and it’s a book/books they’ve been waiting for and it’s on their wishlist. Without a reading schedule AND it’s probably an ecopy (hidden away in a file on their laptop/Kindle/Nook), the paperbacks are there and visual and …

      Something I’ve noticed coordinating the book tours, some bloggers with specific email addresses for their blog actually don’t check them that often …

      As I said on Twitter, Carol and I are collaborating on a new post and hopefully, bloggers will empathise from the author’s persepctive …

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

      Shaz

  21. All this should be common sense, shouldn’t it, really…. I’m always amazed that when I suggest to other writers that they build a bit of a relationship up with book bloggers before they submit, they see it as an amazing idea they’ve never thought of. 😀 Oh, and those auto DMs….. !!!!

    • Social media has changed so much Terry hasn’t it! I feel honoured to have the opportunity to build a relationship with writers and feel connected.

      Tomorrow we have a post going out for bloggers.

  22. Brilliant post and apologies for the delay in commenting, but I’ve had a ridiculously busy time writing and editing whilst being a new mum. We all can be guilty of getting too wrapped up in things. I confess to not being able to read blogs as often as I would like, but when I do get time, this one, Carol’s and Kate’s are the three book blogs I read mainly. Twitter CAN get too much sometimes. I also know the stress of blogging, as although I am an author, I had a Friday spot on my own blog, until the baby’s birth in March, for author interviews and reviews. I found I had no time to read books I had been bought for Christmas, as I was busy doing book reviews for the blog, whilst writing and being heavily pregnant and uncomfortable! So I share your stress. However, like many have said, including Nicky and Linn (and I’ve just read all 80 odd comments) we really appreciate all you do for us, more than you can ever know. A lot of it is basic good manners. I personally don’t always get as much time as I would like to interact on twitter – with the wee one it’s difficult to keep up, but I do where I can, and I RT even when I have no time to read the posts, so that others may benefit. But no truer thing has been said than ‘interaction is key’. Whether it’s with readers, bloggers or other authors, this is what’s important; far more valuable than doing 400 RTs per day! Keep up the good work, Ladies, and Shaz, I’m not surprised you won the award for best blogger – well done! Sooz x

    • Sooz, you are fabulous. Life does get in the way (haha – shouldn’t it be the other way around???) and we know how fab you are in your support. We wanted to remind others that we are all human and if we get it right (both bloggers and authors) it could be a very beneficial relationship.

      Thank you Sooz x x

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  24. Thank you for this – it’s important to me that I understand what you, as a book blogger, need. I certainly wouldn’t want to add to a blogger’s stress!

    Yes, much of it should be common sense, but sometimes the ‘obvious’ things can be missed. 😉

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