How Authors (Usually Inadvertently) Annoy Book Bloggers
Not reading the review policy. Most book bloggers have a review policy on their blogs. It explains what types of books the blogger reviews, how the reviews work, where they are posted, etc. Reading the review policy can prevent misunderstandings and nasty surprises for both the blogger and author.
Not proofreading emails. Typos happen. They’re a fact of Internet life. However, if an author’s review request emails are riddled with noticeable typos, it may make a blogger hesitant to read an entire book written by that author.
Trashing book reviewers on social media. It is extremely difficult to write a book, and it can be painful to see that book torn apart by a reviewer, but it’s best for authors to vent their pain to a friend, not to social media. Trashing a book blogger will just make other bloggers unwilling to work with that author. Nobody wants to be badmouthed online.
The phrase “You can’t post a review if . . .” Bloggers do not like being told how to review. It’s a huge turn-off to see a review request that says, “You can’t post a review that contains criticism,” or “You can’t rate this book below three stars.”
Friending a blogger on social media and then immediately requesting a review. Many bloggers see social media as a way to connect with others who share their bookish passion. Friending a blogger and then immediately sending a review request can make a blogger feel used. Bloggers are people who want to interact with other people. They are not review-spewing machines. (Actually, scratch that last part, I’m totally a review-spewing machine.)
Arguing. If a blogger turns down a review request, it’s probably not personal. Arguing with the blogger won’t make the blogger change his/her mind. Also, arguing about a negative review is unprofessional. Book bloggers talk to each other, and word will spread quickly if an author is argumentative. No one will want to work with an author who makes the review process difficult.
Taking reviews too seriously. A review is one person’s opinion. It will probably not make or break an author’s career. Many readers (including myself) will read an interesting-sounding book no matter what the reviews say.
Just be nice to each other . . .