9/21/12

Building Author/Blogger Relationships with The Autumn Review


Authors need to be aware of the golden resources that are at their finger tips. One of the most important of these is the Book Blogger. 

Not only should they be loved, but they should be respected! Autumn of The Autumn Review is here with some insight from a bloggers perspective!






Thank you for having me on your blog today Laura!

When I started blogging, I already had a few relationships with authors established. That’s what helped me get into the community. I met other bloggers as well as other authors through those relationships. So, in my opinion, I think it’s very important to maintain and develop strong author/blogger relationships.

From what I’ve seen and experienced, there are many authors out there that don’t know all of the advantages of establishing blogger relationships. Bloggers are a fantastic resource for authors to help promote their books. Many blogs out there will not only review for them, but will generally promote them with cover reveals, weekly meme’s, giveaways, and more.

As for my personal experience with authors, I’ve developed some really great professional and personal relationships since I’ve started blogging. I’ve had the opportunity to read some really fantastic books pre-release, as well as beta reading. I think once you establish a trusting relationship with an author, the more they value your input. I also believe that just like in the blogging world, authors talk to each other about the bloggers to trust and rely on.

I do believe there is a limit of how far a blogger will/should go to help an author. Most authors do remember and respect the fact that most bloggers, blog because we love to read. As simple as that. Most of us don’t get paid and some of us make daily posts, which is extremely time consuming. So, yes, we get a lot of free books, but we also do a lot of work. I haven’t run into too many instances in which I’ve felt taken advantage of, but I do see it happen.

There are a few relationships I’ve made with authors that have become true friendships. That said, I don’t treat their books any differently. In fact, I almost feel like I can be more honest with them about a book. I also think that those friends understand that I may not fall in love with every book they write.

Now that I’ve rambled on for way longer than I originally planned, do I think author/blogger relationships are important? You bet I do. If you are an author and want to sell your book/s, I’d highly recommend searching for bloggers within your genre online, through Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TWITTER and FACEBOOK. 

So happy to have you Autumn! Who are some of your favorite book bloggers? How did you meet? Leave me a comment!  

25 comments:

  1. I'm a book blogger, wannabe author. Book bloggers are pretty easy to meet. Read our blogs and leave us comments. Then come back and do it again. I ignore emails, Goodread invites, and tweets unless we have an established relationship all ready and the best way to establish a relationship with me is to read my blog and interact. In return, I'm likely to read your blog, if you have one, and also leave a comment, so it's a pretty quick return on investment, there.

    Joy's Book Blog

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    1. I absolutely agree. Seeing an invite on Goodreads or Facebook groups is like water in the hand unless I have a reason for caring about the author. :)

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    2. I couldn't agree with Joy more :)

      Recently the book blogging world celebrated Book Blogger Appreciation Week. One of the tasks that week was to post about our favorite blogs. You can find so many great blogs by looking through those posts. Here is mine to give you a head start: http://therelentlessreader.blogspot.com/2012/09/book-blog-appreciation-week-day-1.html (And to shamelessly promote my own blog, lol)

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  2. Great post! I cherish my blogger friends and give gratitude publicly for them often. I have to admit that one reason I do so is that while I read my blogging and author friend's blogs, I don't often have time to comment, but that doesn't mean the posts aren't worthy--for me, it's always a time factor, which is why I believe in sending gratitude and promotional tweets for them. We live in such a social world, and I think too many authors (and others, not just authors) are so busy that they take and run, so to speak. Life is built upon relationships, and without them, we're all just bodies moving through each day. I loved that your article stated that you don't treat your author friend's books any differently than the other books you read, because above all else, honesty in reviews and presentation is vital.

    Thanks for a meaningful post. I enjoyed it.

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    1. I often fail to leave comments, and now that I think about it it probably is a time issue. Sometimes I don't have a comment that adds to the conversation.. but I'll always send out tweets for others who I feel add to the writing community!

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  3. Okay, Laura, I've never asked you for a favor before, and you know you owe me several, so here goes: hook me up with a book blogger who will review contemporary fiction that has no vampires, zombies, or interplanetary war. Pretty please.

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  4. Autumn of "The Autumn Review" Rocks!! Love her generous spirit and wonderful attitude toward indie authors. (And, yes, I love you, too, Laura Howard)!

    Cheers!

    xx, Lauren

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  5. One more step in the process of learning to self-publish. Thank you ladies, for providing a little more knowledge to the small puddle in the bucket of my know-how.

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  6. Great post--I enjoyed reading about her experiences and her attitude towards authors and social media : )

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  7. Great advice! I spent quite a few years reading, reviewing and promoting other authors on my blog before I got published. When I can, I still do it. I hope that I am one of those authors that bloggers like to stay in contact with!

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  8. Ditto on the comments. I've just starting to look for bookbloggers and have found a few already happy to review my book. Unfortunately, so many seem to rule out reviewing indie writers. I guess they've read one too many that have put them off :0/

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  9. Fantastic blog post and I'm especially grateful to learn from one of the commenters that there's a Book Blogger Appreciate Week. Does that involve chocolate? Maybe we can start a Send Your Favorite Book Blogger Some Chocolate Week. I'm a chick lit/women's fiction book blogger and I would really appreciate some chocolate while I read!

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