I was talking with author Linda Poitevin last night, actually I was bitching (what else is new). See I logged onto Goodreads & there was a friend request with a big long comment in it, the author asking me to review her book. After clicking ignore, I went to Facebook & guess what…same author, friend request with a review request. Then I went to our FB Fan Page & an author spammed the hell out of our page!
Yep, I bitched publicly. Linda & I talked about it which led to her post: A Writer’s Guide to Book Blogger Etiquette But authors aren’t the only ones with Etiquette issues. Bloggers are just as guilty. We see it every day on Twitter & Facebook. So here is MY guide on how things should be, in a perfect world. And stop giggling, because it’s moi writing this, I can hear you!
- If you’ve never spoken with an author before, do not query them on Facebook, Goodreads or Twitter. Send them an email, it’s just common curtsey. You wouldn’t Facebook a potential employer would you?
- Do not bitch about authors/publishers/PR in public. If you’ve had an issue with an author or a publishing house, talk privately about it. I can’t count the amount of times I have seen people bashing each other all over the net. It’s not endearing and eyes are always watching.
- Stop bitching about everything related to book blogging. I have seen one blogger this week who is non stop complaining on Twitter, from having to write reviews to authors not being on time with their guest posts. If you don’t like doing it, stop doing it. Again, eyes are watching.
- If you promise a review, interview or guest post on a certain date HAVE IT POSTED ON THAT DATE.
- Always reply to author/publishing house emails if you’ve promised them something. If you can’t have something done by the date you promised, just explain that. It’s rude when you hide out, and it’ll always backfire on you.
- If you have to reschedule for any reason, send an email.
- If an author comments on a negative review, do not respond. Ignore it as if it wasn’t posted. This is a sure way to start a fight.
- If an author is rude to you, keep it to yourself and never work with the author again. Trust me.
- When you see another blogger chatting with an author on Twitter/FB, do not take over the conversation. I can’t stress enough how much this drives people insane. I’ve had an author offer me a book for review on Twitter, only to watch a few bloggers immediately attack the author & beg for their own copy. This is why business should not be conducted via social media.
- Keep your promises. Always.
- If you don’t like a book, that’s fine. Not everyone is going to like everything, but do not bash the author in your review. Say why you didn’t like the book, give examples but never ever make it personal!
- Make sure you spell the characters and authors names correctly! Double check to be sure.
- Include links to your website and stats in query emails! Don’t make people hunt around for info! Also have all this info on your website, along with the genres you do read and do not read!
Is there anything else you think should be added? Disagree with anything I’ve added? WLP Wants to Know!