So everyone that is anyone knows that the Portals anthology release is June 5th, what you may not know is that we are looking for reviewers. If you’d like to sign up here’s the link.
A few weeks back I decided to apply myself and hunt down some reviewers myself. We — the other authors and myself — needed to get the word out. Here is what I did to find reviewers:
I went through all my follow/follower listed. I clicked each tweep with a website/blog and looked for their review policies. Then email or filled out a form.
Blogs I knew
I’ve posted cover reveals, spotlights, and blitzs to help promote other’s books. So I felt it wasn’t out of line to ask some of my fellow bloggers. Not many responded but no one was unsupportive. And I did get some sign ups.
Blogs I Visit Occasionally
Here I needed more nerve. Sometimes I had commented on their site, but many a time I didn’t. I checked for a review policy listed in their menu and when I found it I took a long hard look and followed their guidelines.
I avoided anyone I didn’t know well and didn’t have a review policy, fellow authors and anyone that had all ready signed up through my publisher. My first concern was being a pest; I didn’t want to go there. The second was just trying to be kind; too many trolls misunderstand the support among writers and think we are all about selling books–good or not. The last group had all ready signed on or opted out.
I found them in the drop down menus and what a blessing they are. They let you know if there are any restrictions like genre. They include guidelines to follow so you can supply exactly what the blogger needs. They also state clearly whether the blogger is open to a review request.
When I found someone right for me, I didn’t feel shy about asking. They knew I wasn’t a spammer which was such a huge relief.
Not all of them accepted and I was good with it. Rejection is part of the gig.
I can’t say it was an overwhelming response but there were some positives and that meant I succeed in getting more reviews. I’m proud of my work.
I was completely aware that I was asking for a favor. Don’t misunderstand — I was only asking for an honest review. The favor was asking for someone to take the time out of their lives to read something they weren’t sure of and share their opinion with the world. To all that have signed up — Thank you.
The Latest About The ARCs
They should be sent out any day now. Please be patient with us.
Have I forgotten anything? I’ll take any advice on how to improve my begging, uhm requesting skills. What have you got? 🙂