I’m so happy for this chance to be a guest on Ari’s blog today. I’m Erika, and when not working full time in IT support, I write a book blog and read everything I can get my hands on.
I have had a love of reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my hands, before I even knew what the the little symbols on the pages meant.
I learned to love books by watching my family read, and being read to, and I’ve tried to instill the same love for books in my own children.
- Do take the time to answer interview questions thoughtfully.
If you’ve found a blog that wants to publish an interview to help promote your new release, that’s great! I enjoy doing interviews, and my readers seem to enjoy them as well. They don’t get excited about one and two word answers, however, and you’re selling yourself short by responding to the interview questionnaire with the briefest answers possible. You don’t have to be bubbling over with personality to make your answers sound personable and real. Just be honest and willing to share a little bit of yourself. That’s all it takes to grab a reader’s interest in you as a person, and hopefully, by extension, you as an author.
- Do keep track of who you have corresponded with, and what you’ve agreed to.
I had an author contact me about a review, and we agreed on a time-frame several months in the future, since I had quite a few reviews already promised. When I contacted him near the time we had discussed, he was irate because it was so long after he had sent the book, and he did not want me to do the review. The encounter left me a little confused, and a little amused. A simple spreadsheet listing outstanding requests might have been a good idea in this case.
- Don’t be offended if a blogger doesn’t want to review your book
I list the genres that I read and review on my request form, but still occasionally get requests for other genres, which I often turn down. I’ve also had authors ask me to review books that do fall into one of my preferred genres, but just don’t appeal to me. I don’t like to promised a review for a book I don’t think I’m going to like. Even the most well-written novel won’t get a good review if read by the wrong reader. There is nothing personal in this. If I decline to read a book that doesn’t appeal to me, the author will probably be happier with a review they get from someone else anyway.
- Don’t be afraid to ask!
I have a note on my request form stating that I am not currently accepting independently published books for review. (This is not because I don’t read indie’s, I just have a backlog that I need to catch up on before accepting more.) I have still been approached by several authors who have a book that they feel would be a good fit with my blog. I’ve been asked if I might be willing to do interviews, guest posts, or other types of promotional posts. Most of the time, my answer is yes, as long as the book sounds like one that my readers would be interested in hearing about. It never hurts to ask!
Big thanks to Erika for giving her time to guest posting on my writing blog. I hope you all enjoyed this post. As writers, we need to let our books out into the world and reviewers are important to the process. So these tips are wonderful to help authors know how to connect with reviewers.
I’ll be back on Friday with a new blog post. 🙂
NB: Photo supplied by the guest poster