What about reviews?
Easy enough. Make a list of book bloggers, write a request letter, and…wait. Wait some more. Check your email and the blog site every few hours. And then, well, wait some more.
The world of the book blogger has the feel of an alternate reality. Imagine a world populated by people who read voraciously, who are willing to read and review the writings of the well known and the just published. In order to successfully interact with the denizens of this world, a writer must know a small set of rules. Perhaps one of the best descriptions of these rules appears on Kerrie Irish’s blog, https://comfyreading.wordpress.com.
The first step in getting a book reviewed is writing a “request” to a chosen blogger and waiting for an acceptance. Kerrie’s posting emphasizes the need to respect a blogger’s submission requirements (see comments from other bloggers for more about submissions). As a writer, you are given one chance to convince a blogger that your book is worthy of the blogger’s time. It is akin to your book’s resume. There is generally no interview. So your pitch needs to distinguish your book from dozens of others the blogger can choose from. You will either be invited to furnish a copy of your book or you will hear nothing. The outcome will be determined by how well you drafted your request. Know what the blogger wants to see in a request and your chances of being selected are greatly improved.
Assuming you’ve made your request in compliance with the rules and the blogger has invited you to submit your masterpiece, there is still one more rule that must be followed and it is about waiting:
Don’t hound the reviewer.
This could mean, don’t send 5 emails asking A.) If they have read the book yet. B.) If they have read the book yet. C.) If they have read the book yet. D.) When they are going to post a review. E.) If they are going to post the review on Amazon. F.) If they have read the book yet. And so on.
The fear of rejection and the anticipation of high praise are like narcotics that can drive a writer into a state of resolution anxiety. At some point, hearing something, even if it’s negative, seems more important than abiding by the rules. Learning to wait impatiently will ultimately pay dividends. On the other hand, writing a “just curious” email could easily tank your chances for a review completely.
Kerrie’s full article can be found at http://bit.ly/2tOR5VY. I strongly recommend that you read the comments to her posting filed by other bloggers.
I am, of course, waiting impatiently.