WLP Rants: Begging For Books

I observe a lot, thanks to Twitter. Okay, fine. I’ll be honest. I’m nosy. In my nosy views, I have seen a ton of new bloggers pop up in the past few months & one of their new tactics is pissing me off. Now I am not saying all new bloggers are doing this, just some I have seen. Don’t get your panties all twisted.

Begging for books from authors on twitter. NOT COOL PEOPLE.

I’m by no means an expert blogger or an old timer, this blog is 3 years old (I think). At any rate, when I first started book blogging I was taught a few things by fellow bloggers:

  1. Interesting reviews/commentary get followers
  2. Followers get publishing houses/authors/pr
  3. If you are interested in a book EMAIL the publishing house/pr or author
  4. NEVER Facebook message an author

See number four, that now applies to Twitter. If you do not have a personal connection to the person, don’t ambush them on Twitter. I can even speak for myself, I have never tweeted or messaged an author on asking for their book unless I’ve reviewed for them in the past, even then they usually email or direct message you. It’s common sense people! One person asks Jane Doe author for a book on Twitter, she agrees and BAM 300 other bloggers are begging.

It’s just not professional. They don’t know you subscriber numbers on Twitter, hell for the most part they don’t know YOU. So why the hell would they give you a book? Would you walk into a shoe store & ask to review shoes? No, you’d email a formal letter to the shoe store. RIGHT?

Most of us started out buying books and posting our reviews to Amazon, Chapters & Goodreads. Most of us didn’t email authors in our first year because we still were new. I didn’t email a publisher for a book request until late last year! If you build it, they will come. This isn’t something for freebies people, this is hard work for most of us. Kindly don’t brag that you have over 300 books on your TBR shelf, yet beg for books. REVIEW WHAT YOU HAVE.

I just had a comment left last week where a reader said they aren’t pleased with all the same reviews on every blog come release week, so read those TBR books! Get subscribers and for fuck sakes stop bitching because Penguin or Random House won’t take you because you don’t have the amount of followers they REQUIRE to start sending you review books.

/end rant

  • Bobbie B September 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    I am just starting out and still learning my way, still I know better than that. I may make misters but still there are are lines one should not cross. I have seen the blog pile on and it is not pretty. I joined a review blog and I am working my way up from the bottom. To harass authors like that is downright shameful. Thanks!!

  • Bobbie B September 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Argh *mistakes* sorry dang cell phone!!

  • Krista D. Ball September 22, 2011 at 12:27 am


    I don’t mind people emailing me and asking if I can donate a book for Twittering me? That’s just not classy at all.

  • Krista D. Ball September 22, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Sigh. Cat walked across the keyboard. let’s try again —

    …asking if I can donate a book for whatever. Twittering me? That’s just not classy at all.

  • Arianne September 22, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Haha nice rant 🙂 I don’t ask for books, I just enter giveaways.. If I win, great, I find a new book to read. Otherwise, I’m just glad if one of those authors happen to come by our public library and do a chat/signing.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

      Exactly, there are sooo many contests now too

  • Van P September 22, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Awesome post, I’m like Arianne, I would never ask for books especially if I’m a new blogger. I either buy most of all my books or enter giveaways. I think it’s extremely rude twitter/messaging an author like that…so unprofessional!

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

      It’s kinda like cutting the line in a store to me

  • Sara Walker-Howe September 22, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Thank you! Thank you for this rant. Can I haz more??

    First, I’ve missed your rants. I’ve missed ranting myself, and this is something that’s been bothering me lately. Thank you. Maybe people will listen.

    Second, I researched the particular incident and found there was so much more that was offensive about the “conversation” with authors. The problem isn’t just asking for books. What happened to general etiquette in talking to anybody anymore? Not just authors, but readers, bloggers, too? I think people are trying for snark, failing miserably and don’t care because they think their attitude will get them readers.

    Third, what is up with start-up book bloggers putting up a “publishers send me books!” gadget right at the top of their blog?? It’s tacky. I used to run a well-known book blog and never, ever would have been so blatant, so rude.

    Book blogging is a business. Even if unpaid at the start, your hope is to be paid someday. Be professional.

    And please, WLP, more rants!!

  • Julie September 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Great rant! And I totally agree with you. Totally.

  • Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre) September 22, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for this. It’s so awkward because if you say no, you feel mean. If you say yes, you open the door to 1K more requests. I often will just ignore questions that are rude / awkward / uncomfortable, but then I feel guilty because that’s kind of impolite. I try to tell myself that it was rude to ask the question in the first place, but I have Catholic leanings when it comes to guilt.

    Also, if I can add something, from an authorly perspective, please don’t complain to us about not winning our giveaways. Most of us use random generators or the like to pick winners. Some readers act like it’s a personal slight or they have a grievance because they don’t always get the loot. What are we supposed to say?

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Ugh, its got to be so uncomfortable for you all. I don’t get it, I don’t have the balls to say gimmie! Maybe I was taught better?

  • Jen at Red Hot Books September 22, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I have never asked an author for a free copy of one of their books. I would feel like I am asking them to give me money out of their pockets. I do contact publishers, though, and I treat every ARC like the gift it is.

    I love authors who share their time chatting on Twitter. I hope people like this do not drive them away.

  • CdnMrs September 22, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Excellent rant! You hit on some key points that I think both bloggers and fans should reflect upon more.
    Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc authors are more accessible and as a result are seen as “friends” rather than as professionals attempting to make a living. If the author actually IS your friend that’s cool, I’m not saying that doesn’t happen, but it’s always good to remember professionalism in all things. Professionalism will make a blog better and attract more followers and then you’ll end up with books w/o pissing off you’re favourite author – everybody wins!

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

      I know! It’s like because someone is on Twitter, their your friend. Uh NO.

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) September 22, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I have to agree!!! 100% I don’t ask for books. Actually, I enjoy buying them to help the authors out. That is the way they get paid… isn’t it? 😉 Yes. It is.

    I was raised to not put people on the spot, and that means authors too. And some don’t get copies to give out for review. Think about it people! Really. What makes you any more special than anyone else out there? AND you are new at this! only a few followers. Come on. Really? Work at it like the rest of us.

    Great post! And I am right there with ya. I hope those people see this post and think about it!

  • katjameson September 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    You said it woman! It is rude. I don’t even ask my friends for freebies. If they offer geat, if not oh well. I just buy their stuff. Why?! Cause it’s a business, duh. Writers write because they’re creative and they love to write. But… some of them would actually like to make some money. Surprise. They can’t do that if they give away the product to everyone. The shoe store analogy is grand. Keep ranting!

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:22 am

      Can you imagine if every blogger got the same book free? Who is going to buy it then? No one!

      • katjameson September 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

        That is a real problem… and with the number of books I read, eeks I would cause all sorts of trouble if I begged for books (I can easily finish one a day if I’m into it). But I haz to say when I finally pub somethin ya are gettin a freebie =)

        • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:42 am

          LMFAO yay but I promise not to ask you on Twitter 😉

  • Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre) September 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Also, you make a critical point about not sending messages on Facebooks (or GoodReads) or anywhere else an author may have an account. The only place I want to be contacted officially is via email. I’m happy to chat on Twitter, but I don’t want to do business there.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

      EXACTLY! And really the same goes for Bloggers. If you ask me via Goodreads, chances are I’m not going to answer.

  • Jess Haines September 22, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Oh, oi. Didn’t realize the Twitter thing bugged people so much. It generally doesn’t bother me, I usually just say “Thanks for asking, can you please email me” or similar in response.

    Though I have to say, I HATE when people message me on FB. I actually intensely dislike FB anyway, but I was advised I should have a fan page. *shrug* I go on it maybe once a month, and I often forget when someone sends me a message there–though I get maybe 10 requests for writing advice vs requests for review copies via FB.

    It’s just easier all around if you email me instead of making a biz request via FB, Goodreads, Twitter, carrier pigeon, whatever.


    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

      LMFAO you’re a loon Jess, but we knew that already

    • Stacia Kane September 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Oh, ditto, re where to contact. I’d rather not have to visit third-party sites to find out what you want to say to me; you contacted me, so don’t make me jump through hoops to find out what you want.

      I do it, and I don’t get really annoyed or anything, but I’d much rather you email me or use the Contact form on my site (which goes to my email).

      I have so much more to say on this topic!!!

  • Spaz September 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

    You and me have already done our back and forth thing on this topic privately :P, but as I’m reading this again, I can’t help but think: this SHOULD be common sense.
    Witnessing this behavior really gets me anxious, because I feel like the beggars can potentially ruin it for the rest of us who approach with caution and follow the giveaway or ARC request rules. It’s a delicate relationship that has to be carefully fostered; alienating the authors only does harm to that connection. I don’t want to lose that connection! Call me crazy and selfish 😛

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Crazy & Selfish. WHAT, you told me to call you that!

  • Heather Brewer September 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I have a review blog that I started and it runs concurrently with another blog I write reviews with. I have made a lot of contacts through our main blog and my blog is now growing. I have several authors that I talk with frequently and they have given me review books and I have felt comfortable asking them for future books but it’s few and far in between.

    Mostly I get my review books from NetGalley and I review for Kensington and Breathless Press on a regular basis. I am working to build relationships and to gain viewers to my blog. I definitely don’t want to alienate readers or authors – that only hurts me.

    I do have a note at the top of my blog with my contact info if an author wants to contact me (and I’ve had quite a few requests that way) – some new authors, especially in ebooks look for bloggers to review their books. My blog is listed on a couple of sites too as a review blog.

    Thanks for a great post.

  • KB/KT Grant September 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve only asked an author once in my life for their book to review. If I want a book so badly, I’ll contact the publicist or “GASP* wait until release day and buy it.

    I reviewed 3 years before I started my own blog and started receiving books. Most of my reviews were from books I bought or got at the library. Even now I don’t feel entitled to receive free books. Reviewing isn’t just a way to get freebies. I certainly didn’t start reviewing or start my blog because of that and I still don’t think that now.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      I’ve asked once too and it was Stacia Kane, I haven’t asked another author since. I figure at the point I asked Stacia, I knew her well enough to do so. Usually people offer and thats the way it should be!

      • Stacia Kane September 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

        What? I don’t know you at all, you crazy stalker. Leave me alone! How many times must I beg you?


  • Joder September 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I can’t imagine where people get these ideas. Begging is so not okay, but I think it comes from jealousy of wanting to be like the other blogs who through hard work have forged a connection with the publishers to get those upcoming books. The beggars are the same ones who get bitter when people post ARCs they’ve gotten. And people angry when they don’t win a contest….OMG?! I’m truly speechless by that one.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm

      I have never been a fan of the whats in my mailbox feature for that very reason. You’ll see what I’ve got when I review it, I don’t need to share otherwise.

  • Book Savvy Babe September 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Love the rant, I’m right there with you. You would think common sense and professionalism would be fairly easy… *sigh* I appreciate the rant, it’s very unprofessional for peeps to beg for books via Facebook and twitter…. professional emails are the best way.. Book Savvy Babe

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

      Agreed! I think its more personal to send an email anyways, shows you had to do some work to get the address not just tweet or search on FB

  • melanie Adkins September 22, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I think begging for books or anything else is extremely tacky. I have seen some (including me) do it as a joke and the author knew I was joking, but No one should ever beg for a book or anything else. I agree with your rant 100%. I love just talking to the authors and hearing about the process, their lives, the funny stuff they do, and just normal stuff. The books I can go buy myself if I find them interesting.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Yeah as a joke, for sure but to be actually serious?! One of the comment left above says some blogs have GADGETS so authors can donate free books. Ugh.

  • Sophia (FV) September 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I never email, twitter, facebook etc. an author to ask for a book for review. I feel like it puts them in an awkward position. I have emailed an author to ask for contact info for their publicist so I can put in requests though. Although I haven’t done that often.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      It totally does! I have emailed 1 author for her PR person’s addy and I will admit I emailed Stacia after Downside 1. But I wouldn’t even think to ask in public so everyone can see. *Shudder*

    • Stacia Kane September 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Just so you know…it’s totally, totally fine to email and ask for publicist info, or especially to ask if Author can please forward your email request to their publicist. Really, we’re totally happy to do it (at least I am and everyone I know is) and don’t give it a second thought; it’s not awkward, it doesn’t put us out, it doesn’t pressure us, and it’s not a problem at all.

      I’m not saying you have to do so, of course, just that you shouldn’t feel weird about it. It really, honestly is fine, and we’re happy to help. So please don’t let that hold you back, and don’t feel like you’re doing something you shouldn’t. It’s actually awesome: someone wants to review our books, and we don’t have to be the one to decide whether or not they get free copies! Win-win! 🙂

      • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm

        Hey, Stacia! I can’t even remember if I emailed you first or you emailed me, but I was thrilled to have you on my blog and do a contest. Get back to writing because I need to know what happens next in your series!

        • Stacia Kane September 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

          Hey Marta! I was totally excited to blog for you, too! {{hug}}

          Shall I tell you what happens next? 😉

      • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        I’ve only asked one author for publicist info, usually I hunt it down myself because I don’t like “bothering” people. LOL

  • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Hi, all! I’m not as popular as some authors (cough…Ann Aguirre..cough cough), and I’ve never been Twittered for a book. My email’s easy to find and that’s how I prefer to receive correspondence.

    However, I don’t mind getting an email from a new blogger asking for a review copy. I don’t always say yes, but I have. Sometimes this backfires when I send a book and no review is ever written and the blog vanishes. That gets expensive. But I’ve also seen some of those new bloggers go on to become well established and respected.

    Some publishers don’t participate in NetGalley and some put way too many restrictions on ARCs…they want a certain number of followers or demand that a review be posted on a specific date. They encourage blogger/reviewers to do all sorts of shenanigans to crank up the number of followers. I’d rather have my books reviewed on a smaller site with a more interested readership than on a site with thousands of “followers” who show up once a year to enter a contest for whatever product is offered.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      Net Galley is an entirely different beast, but its the same guidelines the same publishers ask for before NG existed and still ask for. Penguin for example needs 1000 followers (from various places) before they’ll send you books for review. Which I totally am fine with, and nope I don’t get books from Penguin USA.

      I think its my personal to email an author. That means you looked them up, and took the time to write more then 140 characters.

      And Marta, you were one of the first authors to come say hi and I appreciate that to this day. It’s authors like you that make new bloggers feel welcome! Sales matter none, its whats in between the pages. You’ll always be a big author to me 😉

      • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm

        Aw, I’m blushing now. I email blogger reviewers when I think they’re really worthwhile and I want them to review my books. I like connecting this way. I also email other authors, like Ann, who was kind enough to answer my email, and enjoy getting emails from authors, like Jess, who want to visit my blog.

        • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

          I still get excited when one of you stops by and comments on a post. It’s like Christmas Day when you see an email comment. I almost died when Kathryn Leigh Scott stopped by to comment. DIED.

  • Jess Haines September 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Marta Acosta
    Hi, all! I’m not as popular as some authors (cough…Ann Aguirre..cough cough), and I’ve never been Twittered for a book. My email’s easy to find and that’s how I prefer to receive correspondence.
    However, I don’t mind getting an email from a new blogger asking for a review copy. I don’t always say yes, but I have. Sometimes this backfires when I send a book and no review is ever written and the blog vanishes. That gets expensive. But I’ve also seen some of those new bloggers go on to become well established and respected.
    Some publishers don’t participate in NetGalley and some put way too many restrictions on ARCs…they want a certain number of followers or demand that a review be posted on a specific date. They encourage blogger/reviewers to do all sorts of shenanigans to crank up the number of followers. I’d rather have my books reviewed on a smaller site with a more interested readership than on a site with thousands of “followers” who show up once a year to enter a contest for whatever product is offered.



    • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Jess, once again you confuse and intrigue me. I have no idea what this code means. And I think you owe me a guest blog!

      • Nadia Lee September 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm


        • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm


        • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

          Thanks cause I had NO idea what that meant either! LMFAO

          • Jess Haines September 23, 2011 at 12:20 am

            LOL, don’t mind me… just busy gettin’ my geek on over here….

            *hides under a rock* >.>


  • Colette @ A Buckeye Girl Reads September 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve only done that once or twice when an author sends out a request asking for reviewers on twitter. I don’t think I’d have the nerve to do it otherwise, and even doing it when asked was sort of scary for me-but then I’m old school

    • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      Colette, oh, I just saw your blog the other day for the first time! Look, the only thing an author can say is no or ignore the request. Also, authors want and need the support of good online reviewers.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      That doesn’t count because a lot of authors do that now! I meant going straight to the author twitter and demanding a review copy and when they say no pulling a fuss.

      • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm

        I haven’t heard of that. But bad behavior is everywhere on Twitter. I’ve been unfollowing the people whose who update their frickin sleeping and caffeine schedules every 20 minutes. Like anyone cares.

        • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

          Like me 😉 LOL! Yeah I heard about that today from an author, person freaked when they weren’t given books and guess what, their blog is gone now. Thats exactly the bad behaviour that makes the rest of us catch a bitch.

  • Colette @ A Buckeye Girl Reads September 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Forgot to say-great advice!

  • Wendy Mitchell September 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Awesome post! I have noticed this trend and been embarrassed for these people. I started like many, reviewing for other sites, buying a lot of books and posting on Goodreads, Amazon and Shelfari. When I started my blog, it was mainly as practice. I started very slowly. Now, I turn books down. I would never openly solicit an author. Tacky beyond words, and it will kill your professional reputation. Have a little patience and a modicum of class.

  • Jenn Bennett September 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    1) Great post, Nat!
    2) Marta: you are a big author in my eyes—generous and classy, as well.

  • Kendra Edens September 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    That is bananas! I can’t believe people would be so … I can’t even think of a word to describe such ignorance. Not like we don’t all want to ask for books; especially those by favorite authors, but we just don’t. It is NOT okay. Kind of like a common sense thing. I am a new blogger/reviewer. I have a friend who is published and another who is an editor. Their encouragement started me on this little venture which only began this month. I can say that the number of contests is ridiculous! I have won about 5 this month alone. I have also seen tweets from authors asking for reviewers. You know, if you want to review send me your e-mail and I will send you an e-book. That kind of thing. One of the contests I won, I tweeted about with the author tagged and she offered to send me the first two books in the series. She offered … I did not ask! Another author I reviewed told me she would put me on the list and every time she needs reviews she will let me know. Then there are the review sites that get the books to review. I am a member of one in addition to reviewing on my own for my blog. I mean the possibilities are endless for obtaining books without asking. And whatever happened to just plain buying the book when you really wanted it? I know stores are an out-of-date concept, but these days you can just sit on your but and have then delivered to your home or PC. (**winks**) Not to mention the incredible amount of books on sites like Amazon Kindle that are FREE or crazy cheap ($0.01 to, well, anything less than what you would normally pay for a book). I generally spend up to $9 on a paperback depending on where I make the purchase so a couple of bucks is nothing. The point is that if you really want to review, you have to look at the options – and there are a lot of them. And if you can’t figure it out, buy the flipping book. Support the authors! But more importantly, you should be reviewing because you love to read and because you want to help spread the word for the author, not as an ulterior motive to receiving free books!

    BTW, it is too bad that there isn’t some sort of accountability for those that steal off into the night with the free books for the purpose of reviewing and then never review. What is that all about?

    Thanks for the post!

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging Kendra! lol

      • Kendra Edens September 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

        And all of its idiosyncrasies, right? LOL But I absolutely love reviewing! It never occurred to me that I could. Once I got started, there was no turning back. I have so many books lined up to read already. It is bananas! I keep looking at my older books and wondering if I will ever get a chance to give them a review. But they are mostly well-known authors so I doubt 1 review will make a difference. I like that I am reviewing for the authors that are still human. By that I mean they are active and accessible. I adore accessible authors! They make everything “real” and beyond worth it!

    • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Kendra, congrats on your new blog! I think it’s okay for reviewers to ask for books. Again, an author can say no. As for going to the publishers, publicists have a brief time to push the book and then they move onto their million other projects.

      If asking for a book still seems too forward, ask if you can have a Q&A and perhaps a contest. Most authors are happy to hear from an interested reviewer/blogger. New reviewers/bloggers might look for a talented author with a great book that’s being ignored, instead of hoping to get the next hawt release with the huge marketing budget. There are some real gems out there.

      • Kendra Edens September 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        Thanks a lot! I am loving reviewing and wish I had started it earlier! I could kick myself! I feel weird asking anyone for a book regardless of whether I am a reviewer. Maybe I should get over it? It is just easier for me to respond to requests to review and sign up with publishers who allow you to do so. But I have found some great authors I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise simply be reviewing either a book I have won, or answering tweets to have reviews done. I have found a couple of publishers and signed up to review for them. I also got good feedback today from a publisher about posting reviews everywhere I could. I wouldn’t say I look for the next “hawt” thing, but as far as finding “ignored” books, I wouldn’t know where to start. That totally sound like something I would enjoy doing though.

        I do want to venture into the Q&A and giveaway realm, but I feel I should get my feet wet before I jump that far. If you have any advise or tips, I would appreciate it. I really want to do this right. It has become a passion. I just wish I had more time away from “real-life” to spend reviewing. 🙂

        • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

          If you have any questions email me wickedlilpixie AT hotmail DOT com 😉

          • Kendra Edens September 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

            I really appreciate that! I will be sure to ask as the questions develop.

            • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

              Pixie’s got lots of good advice and I can’t wait until she puts together her Wicked Little Guide to Blog Reviewing (hopefully with funny cartoons). Mayra Calvani has a book out on reviewing with lots of great advice for newbies as well as people wanting to sharpen their skills.

              You can even start by having a Q&A with your favorite reviewers! I’ve done that and it’s a fun way to exchange info.

              • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

                Don’t tempt me Marta!

                • Jackie (Literary Escapism) September 23, 2011 at 1:06 am

                  You should totally do it Nat. Someone needs to come up with a manual. Maybe get together with Parajunkee who does her Blogging 101 feature every so often.

                  • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

                    I’m tempted, but I’m so snarky and Rachel is so nice LOL

  • Erika @ Badass September 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I think newbie bloggers have it tough on one hand with twitter. Right now, for instance there is an author asking for bloggers to read her book and send her reviews and post reviews. If they see it once, they might think “Oh, this is how it’s done then” and they don’t know different you know? While I am certainly not perfect, and have made my fair share of mistakes in the blogging world, we live and learn. That’s all we can do. To be fair, it would be nice if book blogging came with a manual 😛

    Erika <–enjoys playing devils advocate on occasion, not all bloggers have nefarious intentions, they just honestly don't know the intricacies

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I can totally see how that would get confusing for sure. I would have loved a blogging manual!! I still want one!

    • Jackie (Literary Escapism) September 23, 2011 at 1:04 am

      Or maybe instead of a manual, maybe a mentoring system. Something like putting a veteran with a newbie who is there to answer any question they might have. Hell, I already do that with anyone who has questions.

      That is one thing I’ve heard though…some genres are very competitive and won’t help newbies. I think that’s sad because then you do get stuff like this. We’re all out for the same thing, why not help one another.

      • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

        We’ve had the mentoring system, adopt a new blogger and it never worked out. The new bloggers would disappear or the “old” blogger wouldn’t help.

  • Erika @ Badass September 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Wicked Lil Pixie
    I can totally see how that would get confusing for sure. I would have loved a blogging manual!! I still want one!

    I would love a manual 😆 I’ve been schooled on occasion myself. I’ve never asked an author to review their book, I have asked if they would like to be apart of whatever event I might be hosting on the site, but nothing for *Me* and always through their contact info/email.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Ditto! Interviews & the like always through email

  • pabkins September 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I hate when work pulls me away and I can’t comment when I want to. So I woke up in the middle of the night, as I tend to do sometimes, and was surfing my google reader and found this post you put up, terror on the eyes looking at the white screen that late at night. But your posts always catch my attention. I was so amazed that someone would do that!

    I’m definitely very new to the blogging world (try to read as many of those blogging tips posts that I see a few book bloggers put up) – but this just seems all kinds of wrong to do. Quite frankly it tickles me pink and purple and all sorts of happy when an author tweets back to me if I comment on their book. I don’t know about the rest of you – but I think authors to us avid readers equate to celebrities – but more down to earth I think. But to just jump in and assume that they are going to give you something?

    That’s like walking up to someone in the cafe and saying – hey can I have your sammich? Course it’s much worse than that. But the height of rudeness for sure!

    I love your rants lady – Rage on I say – Rage on!

    • Marta Acosta September 22, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Hi, Pabkins, but legit reviewers are not asking for something for nothing. They will contribute hours of their time reading a book, writing a review, posting the review and graphics, tweeting about the book, adding it to Goodreads, etc. All that is valuable to the writer. How else do we get the word out about our books? Advertising is expensive and may not be as effective as a respected reviewer discussing a book.

      Again, I’m talking about a thoughtful and thorough reviewer, not those who just crank out generic “I liked this!” The very special reviewers offer critiques that are useful to an author, too. I know I’ve thought, “Hmm, she’s right — I hadn’t thought of that.”

      As a lover of books, I have a hard time being critical of those who are enthusiastic, even when they’re clueless. Most are pretty nice if you send a note and say, “It’s great that you’re blogging and you may want to try contacting authors via email.” Or whatever. Until Pixie gets off her fairy toadstool and writes that guide, everyone will have to pitch in to instruct the newbies.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      lol Thanks Pabkins. I’m still the same way, when an author I’ve never talked to tweets me or emails me, I get all excited.

  • Jackie (Literary Escapism) September 23, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I’ve been blogging for four years now and I have never asked an author for a novel. Hell, I’ve only requested two novels from a publishers. The thing I don’t get is why newbies think they should get free books (or in advance of pub dates). I’ve come across this more than I care for and it bothers me. One shouldn’t get into book blogging just so they don’t have to pay for their books. That’s not what this game is all about. It’s about sharing ones love of reading and helping to promote authors so they can continue writing their fabulous stories.

    I started book blogging for the love of books and to see people simply doing it because they want the free books (or books in advance) is kind of sad. Just like Pixie said, if all they are wanting are the free books, there’s a ton of contests.

    • Marta Acosta September 23, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Hi, Jackie, well, you do have an awesome blog and I think I was the one who first contacted you, either about reviewing my books or linking to reviews you’d written. I’m sure that you see a whole different side to blog reviewers, i.e., the newbie bad behavior, because I’m not a reviewer. If someone offers me a book, I give it away in a contest, wanting other readers to have a chance.

      I think you should do a post about do’s and don’ts for newbies and let authors and publicists offer their tips and peeves.

      • Jackie (Literary Escapism) September 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

        Actually, there’s an online conference, usually around March, that Terry Kate (Romance in the Backseat) has done for the past couple of years where we do tackle these issues. There’s panels on the dos and don’ts, discussions with publishers/publicists, blogging tips and anything else one wants to dream up. That’s where the ARC Swap group on GoodReads came from.

        The one thing I’ve seen, from a blogger POV, is that certain niches tend to be really competitive and won’t share tips and advice. I’m with Nat, you have a question, email me and I’ll answer.

        • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

          The only think about the panel is new bloggers don’t know about it! Not all blogs do it, so its not something they’d find easily. Plus you have to pay for it! Theres a lot of start up costs when you start blogging with your own domain.

          But I’m always there if someone needs help because I was all alone until I met you all on Twitter!

  • Mikaela September 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    The only time I ask for books on Twitter is if the author is having a giveaway. Do I win? Well. Once. Am I upset if don’t win? No. I’ll just buy the book instead. Otherwise, I buy most of the books I review, or get them from the library. I have tried Netgalley a couple of times, but it didn’t work out for me.

    The reason I review is that I want to tell others about books I liked, and didn’t like too. Hopefully it leads to sales :). Can I improve as a reviewer? Definitely, but I am in my first year ( All right. Technically it is my 5th, but I forgot about the blog for four years)

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      I can still improve, hell we all can. I learn something new every week 😉

  • Ailsa September 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I don’t understand why some people think they can just ask an author for a book! Like many people have already said, it seems so rude! I am forever buying new books, even when I have a TBR pile – I really don’t need to get any more! I occasionally get books from one publisher, and that happened because I worked out who the publicist was and email her a copy of a review I’d done, because I heard they like to see reviews sometimes. She replied asking if I wanted to review any of their other books. I wouldn’t dream of asking for books on twitter or through social media. My blog has a relatively small number of followers, and with my college commitments, I just don’t have time to regularly review things, so why would I add more pressure by asking for more new books to read?
    Book blogging is about sharing your love for books. A free book might be a bonus, but it really isn’t the goal. It makes me a little ashamed as a blogger when I hear about people doing things like asking authors on twitter etc.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      I think a lot of us forget we started because we loved books, and thats sad

  • Grace Fonseca September 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    You make some very valid, interesting points. I’m so happy when I get review copies. Do I expect them? No. Some bloggers feel that they are entitled to everything, I certainly don’t. When I get review copies, I treat them differently because they are for review, nothing else. I think people don’t realize how long a review can take to write. I don’t beg. If I want something I simply e-mail the pubs. If they say, no. No harm. I’ll buy the book when it comes out. No reason to beg. It makes us look all bad. If I really like the book I’ll buy two copies. one for myself and one for a giveaway. People don’t get into blogging for the free books. They should get into it because they love to read books and want to share their opinions with like-minded people. Blogging is a lot of work. I feel sad when I see this.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie September 23, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      It takes soo much time from start to completion, reading, writing review, formatting the post. I’d say in total its a 2-3 day adventure. I love books but it’s not something everyone can do, because it DOES take a lot of time.

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  • […] Wicked Little Pixie has a fabulous rant going that all newbie bloggers should read.  If you want a quick synopsis – no it is not alright to beg authors for books. Especially in a very public, not very professional, setting like Twitter or Facebook.  Seriously. […]

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