I received a boxload of ARCS on Friday for Dreaming of the Wolf, not expected in the least. I guess a lot of reviewers are using Netgallery, an ebook format access site.
And no one wants paperbacks anymore. So I've got them!
So what does that mean for me? I've already written about 30 blogs--about a novella in length, trying to get ready for the blog tour in December for Dreaming of the Wolf.
And now I'm locating new review sites all over the Internet and asking anyone who has the time and inclination if they'd like to review the book.
I'm thrilled, of course, to have received the books to give away. And I'm hoping that reviewers might offer them to their fans, unless of course the reviewer loves the series so much, she or he wants to keep the book for themselves. That would work!
So how do you go about asking for reviews? Beg? Offer gifts?
1. First off, make sure the review site reviews YOUR kind of work. If they say no graphic novels, no self-published titles, no porno, and that's what you write, do not request a review from them.
2. Make sure that they take the format you have on hand. If they say only ebooks, or only paperback, and you don't have the correct format, check out another site.
3. If they review a lot of your kind of work, chances are their readers like that kind of work, so finding a site that caters to your book genre is a plus.
4. Do they have a lot of followers?If they have two followers, you might not get much traffic.
5. Do followers bother to comment? If you have a free giveaway and they have 3,000 followers, looks great, right? But what if on the majority of giveaways, they have 0-2 comments. Hmm, that means possibly if you are reviewed or guest blog there, you'll have to give away a book to the only person, if that, that responds. This could mean the site isn't really promoting their works. On the other hand, authors need to post alerts to their groups, on their own blogs, website, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, anyway they can to let their readers know they have a guest blog up somewhere.
6. Do they blog A LOT? If they blog once in a blue moon because of other time constraints, it might not be the best place to blog.
7. Are they accepting review requests? Some are swamped so they're not offering reviews, but still are allowing guest blogs or interviews. They're great! Do them.
8. Do guest blogs work? Yes. If you find the right places to showcase your work. I usually have one or two comments from readers who have never heard of my series before. So reaching out to new readers makes a difference.
9. What do they need from you: Title, Author name, brief description, genre, type of book you wish to donate for the review/guest blog/interview, link to Amazon, B&N.
Just like with anything in the book writing world, you might get a rejection. So what do you do? Find another book blog. There are tons out there.
I often will find a treasure troves of links on a site like Larissa's Life where she has a listing of other book review sites. On my blog tour with her for Seduced by the Wolf, you can see there were 52 comments. Some were my responses, of course, but a great response from readers too. Clicking on the links, you can find more blogs, more blog links, and have a field day!
Once you have found a site where you do well, ask if you can come back for your next release.
I often have bloggers asking if I'd participate on their blog for the upcoming releases, and I'm thrilled.
And that's it in a nutshell.
If you review on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads or have a review site, I've got a book for you!
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