WRITING: BETA Readers or REVIEWERS?

Thanks Leslie for making me think about this.

So many of you are getting it wrong.

I just want to point it out as an author AND a blogger (and a million other things) that if you’re an aspiring author that’s written a book and you want it out on Kindle and Nook and B&N and you’re not afraid of being self published and blah blah blah, that you need to be CAREFUL about how you treat the book bloggers.

1) Don’t be presumptuous. Yes we’re here to review books, but we all want GOOD books. None of us like posting negative reviews but we will if we have to.

2) Don’t ask before you’re really ready. You should be joining a writing group first like shewrites.com or writeoncon or somewhere, and talking to other aspiring writers about your work. You should be getting BETA readers first who can snuff out all the bad stuff. They can get you into the process of revising and editing BEFORE sending out your verbal diarrhea to Amazon and B&N (too graphic, really sorry)

3) Don’t expect a shining review unless you’re really confident that your work is the best it can be. I’ve often read books from authors that requested reviews only to find out that I need to give them an entire lesson on POV shifts, third person omniscent v.s. limited, adverbs, spelling errors and grammar, you name it, I always find SOMETHING wrong that I have to complain about. Usually these things are technical and while I can appreciate an “uncorrected proof” I need to know that beforehand. At least then I know whether or not to point these things out or not you know?

4) Do be kind in your approach. You attract more flies with honey than vinegar. Be authentic in your approach and give them YOUR best. That’s right, you know how you write QUERY letters to agents? Well send your QUERY letter to book bloggers. It’s your best bet of getting them interested and excited about your book without looking like a jackass or an amateur.

5) Gratitude. This is the last point and you REALLY need to be thankful to these people for taking you under their wing. You’re giving them content sure, but they’re giving you FREE EXPOSURE and that kind of thing only compounds, so you need to send them your love, tears, whatever, you need to make sure that THEY matter to you. So you answer their e-mails before anyone elses, you follow their blogs, you follow their tweets, you laugh about stuff not related to your book with THEM. And in turn they’ll become the beginning of your giant posse of fans.

That’s it, know whether or not you’re ready for BETA readers or REVIEWERS and for crying out loud be classy about the way you ask!

Namaste,

Comments ( 3 )

  • Shelley Koon says:

    Great post! I cannot begin to imagine the volume of work you must get in your email to review – it must be staggering. <br /><br />I was heavily involved in the world of digital art and made quite a name for myself several years ago. With the notoriety came the hordes of aspiring artists wishing to have their work critiqued. Don&#39;t get me wrong, I was happy to do it, but so much of the work

  • Kayleigh says:

    I think this was a rather timely post because I&#39;ve been hearing murmurs around the blogosphere about self-pub authors who have done themselves a great disservice by writing aggressive comments under blogger reviews of their books that we&#39;re necessarily &#39;good&#39; reviews. <br /><br />I&#39;ve only just taken on my first author requested review and I was so worried about what I would

  • Rachel Brooks says:

    These are all great points. I really like the last bit of advice about being classy. Kindness, gratitude, and professionalism go a long way in this industry (well, any industry really).<br /><br />Also, I’m a new follower— awesome blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :) http://rachelbrookswrites.blogspot.com/

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