I am an author and a book blogger, so I see both sides of the experience. There are a few things authors can do to not only network well, but also to show respect and appreciation to those who have committed to take time out of their lives to read and review our written work.
1. Comment on the post: If a blogger has taken the time to review your work, simply leave them a comment. A genuine and thoughtful comment is best, but if you aren’t sure what to say, then just say ‘thank you.’ It goes a long way. Book bloggers are not paid to review books, so acknowledging them is a very kind thing to do.
2. Share the post: If you have social media (authors, you must!) then you should be sharing all content talking about your work. Many authors even share things that don’t speak highly of their work. It’s part of having (or growing) thick author skin and embracing all feedback. You have no excuses not to be sharing posts, especially if they speak highly of you or your work!
3. Don’t be aggressive: I have eye-witnessed an author “argue” online with a book blogger because they did not like the blogger's review - a review which was, in all honesty, tactful. It made the author look very unprofessional and it caused other bloggers to not want to work with them. Don't do it! It’s just uncool.
Book bloggers are our friends. Let’s treat them as such. A huge part of building your author platform is showing your human side. Make sure it’s a good one!
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