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armchair BEA: blogging relationships part II

this post is in continuation of the Armchair BEA series.

after i posted my total lovefest post last night, i thought it might be helpful to post...well...HELPFUL information regarding blogging relationships. insightful, i know.

i am by NO MEANS a professional blogger. if you're looking for some seriously pro tips, you should check out Kristi's stuff at The Story Siren.

for my little ol' blog, there are three things i try to remember when working with publishers/authors:

1. authenticity. be yourself and be genuine. people read your blog because you're the one writing it, so it only makes sense that publishers and authors will want an idea of who you are too. this isn't to say that you should send your life story along with your request, but certianly provide some insight into your blog and your style so they can have an idea of what makes your blog unique. if you decide to contact the publisher/author on twitter at a later date, be yourself and take it slow. you might feel like you want to tell them every hour how awesome their book is (looking at you Patrick Ness), but restrain yourself. sharing your review with them is a great way to show your thoughts without freaking anyone out.

2. respect. this should be obvious, but i fear it isn't always the case. if you don't want a book, don't ask for it just so you can say you have an ARC. if you really want a book, share that with the publisher/author and state your intention to review/giveaway/promote and within what timeline you plan to do so. if you don't get the book, thank the publisher/author for their time. they have limited copies for distribution, so keep that in mind. even requesting a book in a respectful way can start to lay the groundwork for future requests. again, if you decide to contact the publisher/author on twitter, share your thoughts on their work or their generosity, do so with some restraint. and for goodness sakes, don't @reply a publisher/author to tell them the book sucked. it makes you look like a total tool and is of absolutely no assistance to the publisher or the author.

3. integrity. if you ask for a review copy, review the book. if you don't like the book, find a way to let the publisher know and either give the book to a new reader, write a review on elements you did like about the book, or find people who did like it and start a discussion. we all know that all books don't appeal to all peoples, and that's just fine. but to blast a publisher/author who sends you a copy of a book - FOR FREE - deserves your integrity as a blogger. i try to keep the balance between professional and personable, but when in doubt, i lean towards the professional side of the relationship.

i hope those tips are as helpful for you as they have proven themselves to be for me! what about you? what are your tips/tricks for connecting with publishers/authors?

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. I totally laughed at the part about freaking someone out. :P

    These are all fabulous tidbits of advice. Thanks! :)

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  2. This is actually great advice. Thank you for sharing! As I'm still relatively new, I'm looking for little bits of advice anywhere I can find them. :)

  3. Great advice! :) If you ask for it, read it! :)


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