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