If you come across a book blogger that rates every book they read a positive rating, would you trust them? Your credibility is very important to your readers. They trust you to give them your honest opinions on the books that you review. No one’s going to believe that every book you review is a positive one. UNLESS you back up your claims with constructive reasoning. You have to explain in your reviews the reasons why you disliked it or loved it. Give some evidence to back up your review.[dropcap]O[/dropcap]nce you’re a book blogger, you have to put priority to the publisher books you receive. (Not necessarily the ones that were given that are unsolicited. Those can pile up!) The ones that you yourself requested are the ones you should take note of. The publishers need to know you’re credible. They need to rely on you that your review will be up. If you do read and write your reviews promptly on time, the more they will trust you. The more they trust you, the more they’ll keep sending you books. That’s as easy as it gets.
Publishers trust you to review a book with honesty. They also need to make sure you are promoting their books in a respectful manner. And that means no bashing the author! I can’t stress enough how important it is to maintain a professional tone when writing your reviews. I get that everyone has different opinions, and yes some book bloggers are more strong willed and opinionated about their reviews, and I love that. I love reading reviews that are more negative, than positive. Because it makes me step back, and think, “Oh right, this book blogger knows her stuff!” When your visitors come back time and time again, then it’s because you’re doing something right. You’re helping the publishing market strive. In return, the authors write more books, which we book bloggers will gobble up.
Being Consistent = Being Reliable
You’re a book blogger newbie, so you be organized and construct a schedule that works out for you. You don’t have to blog every day, but you do have to make sure something is there on your blog to read. Otherwise people will turn away and look to other blogs who update frequently and consistently. You are responsible for your blog, and if you don’t take the reins and take charge, who will? It takes a long time to deem yourself credible. In your visitor’s eyes, you are their guide. You can sway them or even push them away, but ultimately it’s their decision whether they want to believe you or not. Give them reasons to believe you. How? By being consistent yourself! It sounds like I keep repeating myself, but it’s definitely true.
Keep the discussions flowing
You don’t want your blog to be a one-way street; it takes more than just several reviews to build a following. Readers that come back to my blog and comment and give me constructive feedback. I love that. Interacting with your readers and knowing that they’re reading your blog isn’t good enough. Keep the discussions flowing. If someone comments on one of your reviews, make sure to reply back. If they question a certain part of your review, reply back.
Most importantly, be honest!
If you’re willing to pay the fee, there are services out in the Interwebs that will help you do anything. And what I mean is paying people to write fake reviews for authors. Shocking? Maybe. People can even buy traffic to sites of twitter followers! And yes I’ve Googled these services and was appalled. I find it dishonest and immoral and mostly darn right disgusting that services like these exist. But what can I do as a book blogger? I do the opposite. We do these book reviews for free. It takes a ton of time and effort for any of us to just sit down and write a review, let alone maintain our blog schedule. But why do book bloggers do it? Simply because we love books. Talking about the characters, the drama, the world building, the beautiful covers, the author’s writing style, we talk about it all.
Be consistent book blogger newbies, and your reputation will precede you.
How to keep yourself immersed in the book blogging community
- Read other book reviews
- Interact with other book lovers on Good Reads
- Tweet authors, publishers, and other book blogger
- Host a Twitter chat
- Participate in a Twitter chat
- Comment on any blog posts
- Participate in a forum
- Join a community portal
- Meet up with other book lovers in person
- Join memes and visit other bloggers you haven’t approached
Check out the rest of the series:
- Part 1 – Introduction
- Part 2 – The Basics
- Part 2 – The HTML
- Part 2 – The CSS
- Part 2 – The Tutorials
- Part 2 – The Resources
- Part 3 – Books, Libraries, and Stores..oh my!
- Part 4 – Writing Your Reviews
- Part 5 – All You Need to Know About Publishers, ARCs, and Etiquette
- Part 6 – Get Visitors to Your Blog
- Part 7 – Get Organized
- Part 8 – Credibility
- Part 9 – Book Events