Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tell Me Something Tuesday (24)

"Tell Me Something" Tuesday is a meme hosted by Heidi @ Rainy Day Ramblings

This week's question is:

So You Want to Be a Blogger Edition: What are your tips for contacting authors and publishers for interviews, ARCs, etc.?

First and foremost, if you are contacting authors or publishers for ARCs, be professional. Do not use a bunch of chatspeak or incomplete sentences. You want them to know you are actually a writer of merit if you are going to ask them for books to review. Show them your writing skills in the letter. 

Second, make sure you include your follower statistics so they know how established you are. Obviously, the more followers you have, the more likely they are going to give you ARCs for you to review. They aren't going to waste the money shipping ARCs out to those they don't feel will build the buzz the book needs. 

Third, include your mailing address. Publishers will not waste time reaching out to you normally in order to acquire your address. Odds are they won't even reach out to let you know whether to expect the books you are requesting or not. They are very busy people and any break you can cut them, will be much appreciated.

Fourth, do not request a bunch of books every week and expect to get them. I normally only request books once every two to three months. That is just my personal preference though. Some bloggers may request as much as once a month. 

Finally, try not to be intimidated. Authors and publishers can be a bit intimidating when you think of requesting materials or interviews from them. Just be polite, courteous, and personable. You'd be surprised what such small mannerisms can do in the long haul.

What are some blogger tips you may have on requesting ARCs or interviews from publishers and authors?