It’s time for DAY THIRTEEN of the Basics of Book Blogging feature!!! Who’s excited? I AM! 😀
As I mentioned in the introduction post, this feature is going to be filled with mostly Q&A style questions, in addition to some links that you might find helpful. 🙂
THE BLOGGER- AUTHOR CONNECTION
What’s a good way to approach authors for ARCs?
You don’t. If you want to request an ARC, request it through Netgalley, Edelweiss, or send an email to the general publicity contact. (See previous post for details).
I’m always nervous to message or contact authors. So maybe a way to contact them?
To quote Sydney from A Daring Adventure…
Authors are a bit scary sometimes (especially the ones you really admire), but they’re lovely people. *My* advice is just to talk to them! They’re as human as you, and will likely be really friendly in their response.
Now, back to my own words. 😉 I completely agree. Authors are superheroes, but they are also humans just like us! I know it can be scary to approach them, but they are super nice. Most authors are very interactive over Twitter, and love to chat, so I would try contacting them there. If not, go to their website and they generally have an email listed where you can contact them.
I have some good relationships with smaller indie authors, but I feel like “big time” authors are too above me to approach them for anything blog/arc/chat related, so how do I fix that?
As I mentioned above, try to send them a tweet! You never know if they are too busy unless you ask. Let’s put it this way- I ADORED Jodi Meadow’s books and was extremely excited when I found out that she was going to Chapter by Chapter Book Rave (the first book event that I attended). Once I found out that she was going, I decided to start chatting with her through Twitter.
We talked about books and cookies for the most part. She also told me that if I came up to her at the event and told her the secret password, she would give me some exclusive The Orphan Queen stickers. I wasn’t sure whether she was just being nice, or if she actually cared, so when I met her, I was really nervous. I introduced myself and she immediately knew who I was, which was INCREDIBLE. I was internally freaking out- so much that I completely forgot to say the password. Yet, she somehow remembered our conversation, and reminded me about the password.
While I was really nervous approaching her on Twitter, I am SO glad that I did, because now I consider her a friend. Yes, I consider an author (aka a superhero) a friend. And that’s all because I somehow mustered up the courage to start tweeting with her.
LOVE YOU JODI! <3
I have a million of other stories that I could tell similar to that, but I don’t want to bore you all 😛 I think one story is enough.
Do authors like it when you tag them to your book review?
Now this is the type of question that depends on the author. Personally, I will never tag an author unless I give their book 4 stars or above. Some people will tag starting at 3 stars, but I feel that 4 stars is a safer bet.
Here’s a rule of thumb- if you’re gushing over a book and exclaiming that you love it, TAG THE AUTHOR.
It will probably make their day.
If you did not like the book, DO NOT TAG THE AUTHOR.
It’s not nice- simple as that.
What do authors enjoy being tweeted at about? Do they like seeing pictures of their books, things inspired by their books?
Since I’m not an author, I decided to let the authors of Twitter respond for this one! Here are some screenshots of their responses:
Sometimes I get quite scared to email authors, because sometimes I’m not sure if it’s okay to email them, or to email their publishers. (Not for ARC, but maybe for promotional events and stuffs)
When you’re not sure, tweet them! (I think that’s the message of the day haha). Even if you should have sent it to the publisher, authors tend to be awesome at forwarding messages to whoever should receive the email. 🙂
During the RQWN chat on August 29th, I asked authors the following question: What would you tell bloggers who are afraid of contacting you?
Here were their responses!
I wish that bloggers wouldn’t be afraid at all of contacting me! I have lots of free time, and I love doing goofy things! ~@skrutskie
I can’t believe anyone would be afraid to contact me- just do it! I love hearing from people. Just be professional & yourself. ~@EliseKova
Don’t be afraid of me! I love talking & will chat up anyone about anything. ~@kathglasglow
If my advice didn’t help, the awesome girls at Cuddlebuggery put together a group of posts that give you tips on interacting with authors. Check it out!
Have any questions for me about this post (or about blogging in general)? Send me your questions HERE and I’ll do my best to answer them soon! 🙂
Stay tuned for the next post in the Basics of Book Blogging guide tomorrow!