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How To Approach Book Bloggers for Reviews

I think all book reviewers have received an email titled something along the lines of “Review Request”.

As a reviewers starting out, this is incredibly exciting! But as time go on and the review requests start piling up, it can get exhausting to accept these requests. Their schedules are full and they maybe don’t have enough time to add another book to their pile. At times, it can be exhausting to even reply to these emails.

If you’re an author, I wrote this post specifically for you (with love!)

If a reviewer doesn’t immediately respond to your email, give them some time.

Readers are people and blogging/reading is a hobby for them, not a job. If a reader accepts your review request, they’re doing you a favour. It takes a lot of time and effort to read and review a book. Also, their personal life can take over a lot of their time.

If a reviewer doesn’t reply to your email, chances are they have seen it and don’t want to review your book. Don’t take this too personally! Every reader has their own preferences and you will eventually find a reviewer who’s blog is perfect for your book.

Always choose to be respectful and kind in your emails.

Opening an email from an author and finding a request written in a very rude way will make me close the email immediately. Reading an enthusiastic request from an author that makes you excited for a book can make all the difference!

Also, if a reviewer states that they are not accepting requests, don’t send them review requests. Almost always, their guaranteed answer will be no.

If a reviewer rejects your request for a review, don’t become angry.

More often than not, a reviewer might say no to your request. It’s then common courtesy to be kind and accept their answer for what it is. Don’t keep bothering them and definitely DO NOT react angrily; this will only solidify the reviewers answer and won’t earn you any favors.

If a reviewer does accept your request, remember to thank them for thank them for their review. If you write another book and want reviews, the book blogger might remember you and want to review another book for you.

Remember, when you are sending out these emails to reviewers, you are attempting to cultivate a relationship with them. The way to do that is to be polite and friendly.

And that’s it!

This post is just my opinion and other reviewers will definitely have other opinions.

Don’t forget to check out Smartreads!

Till we meet again!
Xx Alexia

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