I’m a book blogger that will happily accept (most) review requests. However, there are times when I decline.
If you’re asking a book blogger for their time to read and review your book, bare in mind how you ask!
Here’s some do’s and don’ts to requesting – I’m not suggesting you should do these for all bloggers, but they are a few pointers for when you’re going to email me. 🙂
Make it personal
The amount of times I’ve received an email request that starts with just a ‘Hi’ or ‘Hi a Book and Tea’ as a greeting. Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realise my Mum named me that at birth, last time I checked my birth name was Clare (NOT WITH AN I – that’s another pet peeve).
Take the time to find the bloggers name and start your request with this, it means you’ve actually spent time visiting their page and made a note of their name.
Details are everything
Add a blurb of the novel, provide author links, etc. Book bloggers will receive lots of requests so the easier for us to find out more about your book the better. I know they say ‘Never judge a book by it’s cover’, but we do have to judge a book by its blurb, so make sure you add the info’.
Rush or pester
Please don’t rush or pester a blogger to read your book quickly or email asking why they haven’t read your book, etc.
In all fairness, I haven’t received many of these emails, but when I did I felt a little upset. I know you’ve kindly donated your book to me, but I can only read as fast as my life and body allows. Most of us do have offline activities, so they will have to come first! I always let authors/publishers know if I cannot commit to a review on time, and that is very rarely – I always review on time.
Don’t get offended
Not all of the blogging world will like your book and that’s okay. Please don’t get offended if someone writes a negative review. I agree that it should be constructive, not personal, but learn from it and move on to better things.