When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness. – Jules Renard
Authors, we love that you work for months and years (and perhaps decades?) to craft the stories that find their way into our hands sometimes miraculously.
Equally as miraculous sometimes is the way your books change our minds by making us think, change our hearts by making us feel, or change our lives by making us do both in an insanely intricate, exquisite combination.
For that reason, we read your books, review your books, and ramble on about your books even after the eyes of our parents, peers, and pets have long since glazed over.
For that reason, we create these things called blogs and learn to post. We create accounts on all the retailer sites and learn to write reviews. Because we want you to know how much we appreciate your writing. Because we want you to be able to keep writing.
Know this, please: We of the tribe of book bloggers are grateful.
We especially love when you show gratitude for our gratitude by allowing us to join the ranks of your influencer/review teams. We probably would have bought your newest releases anyway, but we accept those paperback or e-book copies with pride. They want us to have these, we think. Because they want to know what we thought–and they trust us to share what we honestly think and share it well.
It can be a humbling responsibility–being a book blogger and knowing that in some small way the fate of our favorite authors is in the palm of our hands.
How You can Support Book Bloggers
1. Read them. It would probably be close to impossible for you to read every review of your book. But often we book bloggers make a special effort to make sure you know about our review by tagging you in our tweets and Facebook statuses or by emailing/DMing/writing on your wall.
When you comment or reply that you read our review, you make our day.
2. Share them. It also makes our day when you retweet our tweet about how much we loved your book. It puts a smile on our face when you share a link to our review on Facebook. It’s a win-win situation, really. Your friends and followers get to hear about how great your book is and why they should buy it (but it’s not you saying it–which reduces the self-promotion anxiety).
Your shares drive traffic to good publicity about your book…and to our blogs, which we appreciate.
3. Love them. A simple thank-you goes a long way. Knowing that one of my favorite authors read my review of her outstanding book makes the work I put into that review (and there is work involved) worth it. Knowing that author shared the link to my review on social media makes me smile.
But knowing that author appreciates what I did enough to say thank you in a comment beneath the review or elsewhere makes me feel that author has become an ally in this ever-changing publishing industry.
I’m speaking mainly from my own experience, of course. I only accept complimentary, influencer, and review copies of books I’m almost completely sure I’ll love. So this post may be tipped to the positive.
Book bloggers, what do you want authors to know?
- What Authors Want Book Bloggers to Know
- How to Write a Book Review
- How to Write Creative Book Reviews by Jessica on Kindred Grace