Showing posts with label inquiries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label inquiries. Show all posts

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Should You Always Stick With the Same Blog Memes? | Book Blogging Tips (#31)

Memes are a big part of book blogging. In order to get your name out there when you first start, memes can be of tremendous help to get new traffic.

But what should you do when you're already an established blogger? Should you play it safe or experiment with your content?





Find what works best for you!

When I first started out blogging, my blog was 99% memes. I only discovered original content when I noticed that I tend to read those post personally with more enthusiasm than meme posts. Great memes to start off are:


There is no recipe as to what memes you should use when you're a newbie blogger, check out a few different ones and maybe change it up in the first few weeks before settling for a bunch of set memes.

Your blog grows with you!

When you're an established blogger you'll notice very quickly how your blog has changed over the years. I only do maybe one or two of the memes that I started doing over the years personally and that's perfectly okay. Some of the memes I started out with aren't even remotely things I'd put on my blog right now. I've been blogging for more than a year now and I don't think I could ever go back to running a blog based on memes. 

For some people the experience might be different, but I guarantee you, your content won't be the same forever.
Accept that your blog and your personal preferences will change and that's okay!

What about the readers?

I don't think that the majority of people that follow you only stay for a certain meme. It's the overall impression that determines for me whether you follow a blog or not. Even if you gained a huge chunk of your followers through a certain meme - always keep the stats and comments in mind.
Analyze what your readers like and maybe even make a poll about it so you can get some decent feedback.

My Opinion: 

Don't feel obligated to stick with doing the same meme for the rest of life. Especially when I started out I felt so much pressure trying to keep up with my memes that it almost made me lose my enthusiasm for blogging.
My philosophy when it comes to blogging is: Do what brings you joy, because the only expectations you have to live up to are your own.

Have you stuck with the same memes during your entire blogging career?


Come back next Thursday for another Book Blogging Tips post!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Decline an Inquiry by an Author or Publisher Politely | Book Blogging Tips (#14)

As your blog grows, you'll suddenly notice that people will get interested in collaborating with you.

You've got your fair share of readers, you've got a decent review policy, you've actually got time to read, but still you're not feeling like reading the book that a polite indie publisher pitched you in their email to you.

So how do you say no without hurting their feelings or being rude? Me to the rescue.

We all know that there's a lot of work involved in the process of writing a book. Writing is hard, exhausting and most hard-working authors never get the recognition they deserve, despite being excellent writers.

As bloggers, we are one of the easiest ways for authors and publishers to get the word out about their novels. Especially indie publishers and self-published authors will very quickly reach out to you and ask you for a collaboration.


Before Replying:

Do You Have A Review Policy?
This is essential.
You can't run a book blog without a review policy. Click here for an entire post about how to write a review policy.

Has the inquirer read your policy?

There's an easy way to find out. As long as you stated the basics in your policy, you should in theory only get inquiries for books that are at least in the right genre. 



TIPS:
  • always be honest
  • ALWAYS reply
  • Not replying doesn't equal declining. It equals ignorance and impoliteness. Nobody likes impolite people.


1. CASE A.1: Wrong genre + They haven't read your policy
  1. You get an inquiry for a novel that's not even remotely in your field of interest. 
  2. You stated in your review policy that you do not accept books of that genre.
  3. You don't want to read the novel.
SOLUTION:  
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]". 

As stated in my review policy I currently do not accept novels of this genre.   

Sincerely,
[Your Name and Blog URL]"

2. CASE A.2: Wrong genre + You don't have a policy/ Genre isn't listed 
  1. You get an inquiry for a novel that's not even remotely in your field of interest.
  2. You don't have a review policy or you didn't state in your policy that you aren't interested in that genre.
  3. You don't want to read the novel.
SOLUTION:
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]".

I'm sorry to inform you that I'm currently not interested in reading novels of that genre. 

Sincerely,
[Your Name and Blog URL]"
3. CASE B.1: Right Genre + Not interested
  1. You get an inquiry for a novel that can be listed under the genres that you like to read.
  2. The synopsis doesn't get you hooked, actually, nothing about the novel gets you hooked
  3. You simply aren't interested.
SOLUTION:
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]".

I'm afraid that your novel doesn't match my interests.

Sincerely, 
[Your Name and Blog URL]"
4. CASE B.2: Right Genre + Interested + Don't Have Time
  1. You get inquiry for a novel that you're absolutely interested in. 
  2. You don't have the time to read the novel right now.
  3. (B.2a You're interested in reading the novel in the future.)
SOLUTION:
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]". 

I'm very intrigued by [the pitch / the synopsis / the cover / the premise]. I'm afraid that I'm currently unable to accept any more review copies. 

[if B.2a: I'd still be interested in reading your novel in the future. I will make sure to contact you as soon as I am able to accept review copies again.]

Sincerely,
[Your Name and Blog URL]"


You may use my solutions in your future replies, but be careful not to copy them 1:1

It won't be flattering if the person who sent you an email stumbles upon this blog post. ;)



Did I miss any cases? Was this helpful to you?




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Thursday, August 20, 2015

How to Write a Review Policy | Book Blogging Tips (#13)


As book bloggers, it's absolutely essential to have a review policy. 


This doesn't only protect you from unsolicited and unwanted emails inquiries but also facilitates the process of handling said inquiries.

Here's my advice on what to put in your review policy:


I compiled a few questions that inquirers might ask themselves when stumbling upon your blog and being interested in collaboration with you.

Some bloggers prefer to answer all of these questions via email and simply put their preferred contact method in the review policy section. I, however, think that it's far easier to answer as many questions as possible directly in your review policy so you won't waste your time with inquiries that aren't suited for your blog.

Rule of thumb: the more preferences you list in your policy, the more suitable for your blog your inquiries will be. Of course, if you've got very specific interests, you're less likely to get a lot of proposals.

Questions That Your Policy Should Answer

Are you accepting books for review?

This should go without saying. If you're not interested in review copies, simply state that on top of your policy. There you go, job done.

What genres do you accept?

Do you only read YA novels or only high fantasy novels? State your preferences to avoid getting the wrong kind of proposals.

What genres don't you accept?

Are there specific topics that you don't want to read about? What about sensitive topics? Think about your phobias. You don't want to be surprised with a detailed scenes about spiders as an arachnophobiac.

What formats do you accept? 

What e-book formats can and do you want to read? Do you only accept physical books? State that.

What about self-published authors and indie publishers?

Obviously, the majority of inquiries will come from them first, especially if you're a small blog. If you're not open to either one, state it in your policy.

How long does it take for you to review a book?

Most bloggers have a time frame of 2-8 weeks, depending on how big the blog is, how many books your reading, how much time you have at the moment etc. Be realistic. 3 months is too long, one week to short.

I don't understand your rating system. Please explain.

Always explain your rating system. It might be obvious to you, but that doesn't mean everyone understands it.

Where can I contact you?

List your preferred contact method. Typically that's an email address. I've seen bloggers list their facebook site as well, but the most professional thing to do is just give a neutral email address.

Of course it shouldn't be your old hotmail address from 2008 or anything offensive. Think about making an email address just for your blog.

Where will you post the reviews?

List all your social media profiles.

(Optional) Are you open to Blog Tours/Author Interviews/Giveaways?

You may either discuss this with the inquirer or directly state it in your policy, it doesn't really matter.


Do you have any questions left? 
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