#FREE help for #Authors: Post 2 Let’s talk some more…

 

Following on from my recent popular post about getting the most from your friendly book blogger, it’s become obvious that there’s more that needs to be explained.

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Here a link to the first post “Free help for Authors” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-5Qq

So post 2 is about “Getting your book reviewed”:

NUMBER 1 RULE – in my book is go to the blog and find out more about the types of books the blogger reads and their review policy guidelines. Most bloggers have found the need to write down guidelines and NOT reading them sends your request to the BIN/TRASH in all probability.

Here is a copy of my book review guidelines as an example;

I read books across a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction.

I DO enjoy romance, paranormal, humour, murder mystery, mild thrillers, spiritual, a bit of fantasy and YA/NA books.

I Do Not Read blatant erotica, political or strong religious themed books, nor do I enjoy a book with a lot of violence. I’m afraid poetry isn’t my thing and I can only take a little sci-fi.

I prefer to accept books in paperback, I love their feel, but I’m also happy to work with PDF or Mobi files which I download to my Kindle. Ask me about sending a gift certificate perhaps.

Before I accept a book a few lines about it should be sent along with your details via the contact form at the bottom of this page, plus a link to where I can find the book. The final decision to review the book, is mine. Upon acceptance I will provide a mailing/e-mail address if necessary, I do live in the UK.

Tips to help get your book reviewed;

Getting my name right on the contact form helps your request, I’m Rosie, not Amber or anything else.

Whilst a mass copy and paste review request will put me off, as will a hard sell of your book, let me decide if I will like it.

Take a good look around my site and get to know me, look at the books I have reviewed, I’m a human being, treat me as you might a new friend and we’ll walk a while together on this path of life.

FINALLY TELL ME WHY YOU WANT YOUR BOOK REVIEWED, SHOW ME YOU’VE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THIS QUESTION.

So today my inbox I had this from an author; My own thoughts are in red.

(Note there is no Dear Rosie – First Error)

I’ve read some of your reviews. I like your approach. (Empty sentences, obviously copy and paste, insulting to my intelligence)

My name is Alfie. I’ve written a book that has gone through a rigorous editing process and now . . . it’s here. (Hasn’t told me his full name, nor the all important Title of his book)

Getting it off the ground is not easy. (The learning curve is going to be HUGE) Please check the description (below) and positive reviews. I’m willing to be your guest if you like the book. (Sounds like he’s doing me a favour by offering to be my guest) It could be my first interview! (This comment just threw him to the bottom of the rookie pile, I’m generous but not desperate)

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Here are two more from my Hall Of Fame book review requests;

“I hear you like books, I’ve written one…” (Good for you, keep on walking….)

” Hi Amber, oops! sorry Rosie, ha ha” (If I tell you in my review policy that getting my name right helps your request, then a joke from a complete stranger implies you aren’t serious about me or your work. Wait until we are good friends before you try random humour across the world. This author was then affronted when I told him I didn’t like his approach said he’d never had a problem before…)

If anyone needs a guideline for one type of approach that does get a chance of review here is an example;

Dear Rosie,

My Name is (Insert name) I’ve been following your blog posts and like the short style of book reviews you write. I have recently published my book (Insert title)  it’s about (short description and why you wrote it) You can find more details on my website (address)

I was wondering if you’d be willing to review a copy of my work in due course. I realise you must get an awful lot of requests and I entirely understand if you are too busy or the book is not for you. However if you could spare the time it would be much appreciated. I can provide a copy of the book in Mobi or e-pub.

I very much look forward to hearing from you.

(Name)

This style of approach will go a long, long way to getting your book reviewed, please pass this on to those who need the advice save me bashing my heard against a brick wall.

Thanks

Rosie

What has worked for you as an author? Reviewers, what requests have made it to your Hall of Fame and no further?

 

 

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26 thoughts on “#FREE help for #Authors: Post 2 Let’s talk some more…

  1. This seems familiar! I was called Rosie the other day but I didn’t hold it against them heehee 😉 I get put off by arrogantly toned emails “my book is a best seller, you will WANT to review this one, don’t miss out…”. I get the odd author who asks for a review by a certain date then, on receiving my reply that I look at books via date submission order only, doesn’t reply back or worse replies back rudely. Some authors can be very demanding and some do think they are doing me a favour by sending me a free book. There have even been a few who want me to buy it too (without reimbursement I might add) so that it shows up as a verified purchase on Amazon 😀 Most authors are LOVELY but some do need to realise a book blogger is their books new best friend 😉

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  2. This is so funny – though I realise less so, to you! For me, the best approach has been to actually take an interest in the blog before asking for a review – and don’t forget to carry on doing so afterwards, too. If someone has given up their time, free of charge, to read and review your book, the least you can do is tweet about their blog once in a while….

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  3. This is a GREAT post! Thanks for all your thoughts. And can I add one more? I absolutely hate having to guess what genre a book represents. It would be great if authors think of review requests the same way as queries, including the genre, the length, and the blurb. Yesterday I got a review request for a “heartfelt family saga”. When I asked for more information, it turned out to be an epic sci-fi fantasy of almost 200K words. With alien sex. (I guess that’s the heartfelt family bit…)

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    • Oh my goodness, 200K!, I think the fashion now is for shorter books, quicker reads which match our life styles. Yes a book genre is always good to know, plus by providing all these points you mentioned is a very professional approach, I do get fed up following links to sites or author pages and having to hunt for the book myself, a sure way to get a refusal.

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  4. Hi Rosie – Great advise for authors! I absolutely giggled when I read your comment to this:
    “I hear you like books, I’ve written one…” (Good for you, keep on walking….)

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  5. Thanks, Rosie, for some well-considered advice with a side of humor. I laughed and shook my head at your examples and wondered what those authors had written – might have been pretty funny, or gruesome, to review.

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  6. Yep – you’ve nailed it well in this post Rosie (pun not intended) – I get similar approaches, along with that other favourite greeting after I’ve friended or followed an author on Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter – ‘Get My Book At……’ 😀

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  7. I am astounded by some people’s lack of manners. I think a lot of the problem is people buy into the idea of self promotion and it’s a fine line between that and self obsession. I like your style, Rosie – keep on walking indeed 😀

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  8. Reblogged this on The Writing Chimp and commented:
    Great advice. I would like to think most of this was obvious, but clearly it was not. As in all things in life, being polite is always the right approach. Remembering to follow the reviewers requirements is a close second.

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