Who Else Wants Book Blogger Reviews?

This post is not only to authors, but more specifically to the book bloggers out there on Twitter.  I have some thoughts and questions and I solicit your opinions on this.  Because quite frankly, I’m confused (I know, not hard to do to me but…)

What Is The Book Blogger’s Goal?

This is my opinion, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.  But as a book blogger, isn’t your purpose in blogging to:

  • review books
  • let others know what books you liked or disliked
  • help authors (maybe I’m wrong on this one, you bloggers please let me know)

Let’s tackle these.

Reviews Books

Excellent!  There are plenty of readers who solicit the opinions of others, so having a blog is great.  As an author, I am so appreciative of the reviews that I get.  So far, all the reviews of This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies and Nephilim Genesis of Evil have all been great.  I am thrilled with what the reviewers are saying and I tweet these reviews and post them on my Facebook fan page.  Why?  To…

Let Others Know

It’s about marketing, right?  Now, this brings me to a confusion point with many book bloggers (not all, if you don’t fit the following, it’s not meant for you :).  When you are using Twitter, why do you not follow people (and authors) back?  I see so many bloggers that have a following, but they don’t follow anybody.  Here’s my beef…you are missing out on getting the word out about yourself.  Because, if you follow people back, many will tweet about your reviews, and your blog should gain a bigger following (that’s the marketing part).  Isn’t that what you want?  And, as many of you say in your bios, you want to…

Help Authors

And we appreciate this!!! More than you will probably ever know.  But it would make sense to follow us back because we are in your corner.  We want to see your blogs grow and see more indie authors gain a readership.  I try to let my Twitter and Facebook fans know about the wonderful bloggers who have reviewed my books.  My hope is that it helps your blog grow.  I would hope other authors would follow this advice, too.  But I would also hope you bloggers would start following people back – it’s a two-way street, and both sides can gain from the mutual love (or like, in the case of Facebook fan pages :)

Kudos To These Reviewers!!!

These reviewers have given me GREAT reviews, or featured me!  Let me SHOUT OUT my appreciation:

@PaperMustang

@BookDivasRead

@ReadersFavorite

@zencherry

@EasilyMused

@confuzzledbooks

@toobusyreading

Please consider supporting these great people!  If you are an author, ask them for a review.  They support indie authors.  If you are a reader, check out their blogs for honest book reviews.

You authors out there.  Yes, build your following, but remember it goes both ways.  It pains me to see authors (and book bloggers) who have tons of followers but follow very few.  I, for one, don’t follow those people.  It’s all about the two-way street.  I appreciate someone like John Locke, who has hit it big, but still follows people back.  That’s smart marketing.

Again, I would love to know what you think.  Please let me know as I’m always open to admitting if I’m wrong, and I also want to keep learning about this thing we call Twitter.

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7 Responses to Who Else Wants Book Blogger Reviews?

  1. zencherry says:

    Everyone, heads-up. Not only does this author know how to grasp the detective series noir that has been missing from the market for so long, she’s also one amazing person. :) Thanks Renee, you rock, as always. :D

  2. RandomizeME says:

    Well, I would guess that one reason people don’t follow everyone else on Twitter is that it would clutter up the home page too much and you might miss tweets from people you really want to follow.

    What I personally do is I follow a lot of lists instead – that way I have all these people I follow segregated nicely into different lists. And I get all the updates via Tweetdeck nice organized.

    • That’s interesting, but how does that work for marketing? For instance, I follow a lot of readers and book lovers because they like to read. And I’ve gotten book buyers that way. What if those people aren’t on lists? You would miss them. Thanks for your comment and you are entered into the contest!

      • RandomizeME says:

        I make up my own list to add people to if there isn’t an existing list, and it’s actually easy to see if you are in anyone’s lists when you check your twitter profile (but maybe people don’t know that). I really do this for my own convenience – I used to follow a ton of twitter accounts and I’d get frustrated when I went through the updates since there were too many. I’d miss the main ones I really wanted to follow closely. I much prefer my present method of having everyone organized in different lists (ie. book reviews, mm authors, etc) even if it doesn’t fall under “marketing”

  3. RandomizeME, that sounds like a good system, thanks for sharing that.

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