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:
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.