Armchair BEA: Ask the Experts

June 8, 2012 Armchair BEA 2012, Ask the Experts, Future of Blogging 6

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For today’s Armchair BEA post I decided to do a ‘Ask the Experts’ post instead of The Future of Blogging for two reasons. One is, I have no clue what the futures brings for book blogging! I am so new so I haven’t really had a chance to see it evolve into what it is now, but I am sure there are always ways for blogging to be improved upon. And two, I could really use some great advice, if anyone is willing to share some! 🙂

Okay so I have to be honest and say how absolutely clueless I am about pretty much everything. I’m serious. LOL I have asked Anna at Literary Exploration a few basic questions when I first started, questions like, “How close to a books release date should I post?” and so on. I probably have a million more! So here are a few:

1. Where do I find email addresses for publishers to send my review? Do I send only ARC reviews? Do you ever hear back from them? (I have googled before but have had a hard time finding an actual email)

2. If/when I do decide to request ARCs from publishers, is it the same email adress you send the reviews? Do you hear back from them before an ARC is sent or does it show up as a pleasant surprise?

3. How do I know how many ‘unique visitors’ I have? (I have seen publishers ask this number on netgalley and have no idea how I figure that out on blogger within the stats)

4. I do not currently have a facebook page for the blog. Is this something I should absolutely do? Am I missing out on reaching more people who prefer following blogs this way?

5. This might be a silly question: How long does it take you to write a review, on average? (Mine can take hours and hours so I am wondering if that is just me or if others take a long time to put their thoughts together too)

I will stick with those for today. I know I am probably forgetting a few important ones but for some reason my brain isn’t allowing me to remember them right now. LOL I would really appreciate any help anyone can give me with any/all of these questions. I would love to stop by your posts as well so please leave me a link if you got one! 🙂

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

6 Responses to “Armchair BEA: Ask the Experts”

  1. Annette

    I use Facebook for personal stuff and twitter for blogging, although I do follow some bloggers on Facebook. I think it’s a personal choice. It can’t hurt to get your name put in another venue, I just haven’t gone there yet.

  2. Shooting Stars Mag

    I don’t think you need facebook. I mix my personal facebook with blogging stuff, so it works for me. I think it would be more difficult to have a whole other blog facebook, since I’m already pretty busy with online things. LOL

    My reviews don’t take a terribly long time to write, but it all depends on what I want to say and if I know what I want to say.

    As for publisher emails, you can always check their websites and search out contacts. They tend to have general emails for the various imprints a publishing company has…you can request review copies or send review links there. If someone writes back, they usually use their personal email and then you have a contact of sorts.


  3. Teresa

    Do you have google analytics installed? (I can’t remember if its automatic with blogger) It will tell you your unique visitors.

    Some reviews do take me longer to write than others. It often depends on my level of enthusiasm for the book and figuring out what I really want to tell the reader about.

  4. Alyce

    I send review links to publishers mainly for any free review copies that I receive. Most ARCs have an email contact address on the back cover or on the promotional material that is included. I keep an excel spreadsheet with a list of contacts from those promotional sheets and ARCs, because inevitably someone will accidentally recycle said promotional materials when cleaning the house. Then if that happens, at least I have an email contact on hand to use.

    I generally don’t send links to reviews that are for older books or books that I’ve gotten elsewhere. But if I wrote a review of a book I gushed about I will sometimes tweet the link to the publisher.

    I have been blogging for about four years and I’ve never sent a “cold call” email request to a publisher for a review copy. It took a couple of years of reviewing ARCs from other sources (Shelf Awareness, LibraryThing, etc.) and then the publishers started sending me emails with review requests. I have just never felt comfortable asking for books without being offered them first, and even then I only accept those few that I think I will really like.

  5. Sel

    Hmm… I think ARCs show up as a present surprise, judging from what I see from the really good bloggers. I myself haven’t join that club yet 😛 still stuck in my world doing the books I bought or got from Netgalley!

    Really good questions! A lot of them I was burning to ask, so yay, you helped me cleared some up 🙂 But, certainly, I can offer my 2cents worth on 4 & 5. I don’t think a FB page is absolutely necessary. For me, personally, it’s because I’m too lazy to do one. And if I ever get down to establishing one, I really doubt if I have the energy to post a link on FB every time I have a review out. Same thing goes for twitter. That’s why I don’t have any for both. But, don’t be lazy like me! ^^

    As for me, lately, I tend to write reviews when I get inspiration. I treat reviews as an outlet of creative expression because I love to write something unique and one of a kind every time. So, when there is zero inspiration, my review is kind of dry. It doesn’t flow quite well and basically, now I’m against that.

    The more I wait, the faster they (inspiration) come. So, about average 0.5 hour? I tend to write them in snippets sometimes since I’m still in school. But, our school uses iPads for lessons, so yeah.

    Hope this helps! Can’t wait to see the answers put up by everyone else 😀

  6. Ashley @ Book Labyrinth

    1. Most publisher’s sites will have a general inquiry request for copies and you can ask them who to email about ARCs or reviews. Otherwise on Twitter you can often find information about publishers and who to contact. Plus I find if you’ve received an ARC you will usually have that person’s contact information. I only send review links for books I’ve received for review.

    2. Yes, whoever has sent you the ARC, send them the review. They will pass it on to the appropriate department if need be. With all the Canadian publishers, yes I’ve heard back from them about which I’m going to receive. If you get on their mailing lists then you will get some books randomly.

    3. Agree re: above comment about Google Analytics. Get Analytics even if you barely ever look at it because that way you will have the info available.

    4. I don’t think Facebook is necessary at ALL. Some people seem to like it, and if it’s something you want to do, then by all means. Most people seem to use Twitter, though, and I almost think that that’s necessary.

    5. I think it depends… I try and write notes right when I’m finished a book, or even as I’m reading it, and so usually I’ll just put those notes into sentence and paragraph form, and that doesn’t usually take me long (20 minutes?)… if I don’t have notes, like if I’ve forgotten to make them, then it can take me an hour.

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