What makes a good book review blog? I get asked this often enough. I've responded to e-mails from readers, and twitter queries often enough to think I have a pretty good idea.
Is it an exact science, or is it an art form? Psh, it’s both. For the most part, the creation of a fabulous book blog rests in the hands of the personality behind the page.
Two, accept that you want to blog because you want the books. It may sound noble to deny this, but I began my blog because I wanted the books. Of course, along with wanting the books, I wanted to talk about the books and make some sort of impact on the contemporary publishing market. In order to do that, I had to be hands-on with the latest catalogues, or even a step ahead, so at some point it becomes graceful to
demand request review copies, at the very least. Now that you’ve accepted that you began your blog to get the books, focus on the fact that you should work for them. And work hard.
Four, voice. Create one, make it authentic and do not borrow, beg or steal, because readers will know. Like a favorite book, a favorite blog speaks to the heart of the reader. Numbers really have nothing to do with it, but quality does.
If you have any questions, or comments, please leave them below and I'll address them next time!