Below are 3 solid tips on how to have a positive experience working with book bloggers. I am an author and a book blogger, so I can see both sides of the experience. There are a few things authors can do to not only network well, but show some respect to those who have chosen to take time out of their lives to read our written work.
Comment on the post: If a blogger has taken the time to review your work, simply leave them a comment. A genuine and thoughtful comment is best, but if you aren’t sure what to say, then you can just say ‘thank you.’ It goes a long way Book bloggers are not paid to review books, so acknowledging them is a very kind thing to do.
Share the post: If you have social media (authors you must) then you should be sharing all content talking about your work. Many authors even share things that don’t speak highly of their work. It’s part of having (or growing) thick author skin and embracing all thoughts on your work. You have no excuses not to be sharing posts, especially if it speaks highly of you or your work!
Don’t be aggressive: I have eyewitnessed an author “argue” online with a book blogger because they did not like the review the blogger left - which in all honesty, was tactful. It made the author look unprofessional and it makes other bloggers not want to work with you! It’s just uncool.
Book bloggers are our friends. Let’s treat them as such. A huge part of building your author platform is showing your human side. Make sure it’s a good one!