Thursday, July 21, 2011
What Do You Think (2) : Review Pitches Gone Wild?
With so many social media venues to choose from, there seems to be a gray area on how an author should contact a book blogger for reviews. The preferred method of contact for most bloggers is via email. Our email addresses can be found on our blog page, along with a review policy that is also worth checking out!
Here are a few ways that don't work:
Twitter - sending a tweet asking for a review comes across as unprofessional and rather lazy.
Goodreads.com - We may not mind friending you as a author there, but please do not send us a book recommendation for YOUR book. As soon as that happens, you are no longer my friend.
Email - A little effort goes a long way. If you want us to pay attention to your request, don't start it off with a generic "Dear blogger" or even worse, the wrong name. A little personalization (I see you liked X so you may like Y) shows us you are truly interested in our opinion. Also, sending the same email again a month later is rather tacky.
Has this happened to you? What are your preferences? What do you consider the best way to be approached for a review?