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Tips for your Book Blog’s Contact Page

As a just starting out book blogger back in 2013, I craved for the days where I would be contacted by authors and/or publishers asking me to review their books. That was something set aside specially for the top dogs in book blogging – those at the top of the game whose opinions and reviews were crucial for that particular books promotion and development. But what I didn’t really get was that a lot of it was down to me – and my blog. I needed to make it clearer that that’s what I could offer, too.

Tip's for your Book blog's Contact Page

Now 3 year on and a helluva lot of book review requests later, I pride myself on being in a position where I could possibly help newer bloggers who may be unsure how to approach this blogging issue. Not in a patronising way but just because when I was starting out, I wish I had someone who could have helped me with these little, specific but important areas of blogging in order to move forward. So, you’ve got a book blog? Wicked! But don’t quite know how to go about your contact page and telling the world you accept review requests?

Be specific

What type of genres are you accepting? Do you accept paperbacks and eBooks? Do you accept self-published authors as well as traditionally published ones? All of this information is important so an author knows if you’re a correct fit for them to contact. It’s better to provide all this information upfront, rather than having to send lots of, “I’m sorry, I don’t accept your genre…” emails.

Make your chosen contact method noticeable

Everyone wants things to be as easy as possible. You’ll know it yourself when you’ve been on a companies website looking for the ‘contact me’ page or a phone number and you get taken to 13 different pages, down the rabbit hole, into Narnia and back again in order to find it. Whether you use a contact form (like I do here) or you just leave your email, make it noticeable!

Don’t make it too long

You’ve not got to declare your life story on this page – save that for your ‘About Me’. Make it short, sweet and as clear as possible so authors who may be wanting to contact you can know everything they need to know within 1 minute so they can either contact you if you’re a right fit for their book, or go elsewhere and not waste anymore of their time.

Don’t be annoyed when people don’t read your guidelines

People don’t read your guidelines. A lot of people will but a lot of people won’t. I haven’t accepted review requests for over a year now but I still receive emails and Facebook messages asking me if I would review this or that book. Although now, my own ‘Disclaimer’ page includes information for brands and well as authors, it’s stated in bold on the very first paragraph that I no longer accept review requests so any I get, I simply ignore.

Always update it when circumstances change

If you feel you can’t accept requests for a certain period of time or no longer enjoy certain genres – always update it on your contact page when situations like that arise so authors know at the time of contact.

Don’t forget to state the “boring” stuff

All the stuff you’ve heard a million times before; that all your views and opinions on books you’ve read are your own and in no way biased. That you’re not paid for book reviews. That you’re sometimes sent books by authors and/or publishers in exchange for an honest review and that you’ll always state this in your review; make sure it’s all there!

Do you have any other tips to share on what to include in a book blog’s ‘Contact Page’? Are you a new blogger and have any questions? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

26 Comments

  1. […] and authors to find a way to contact you, if they want to offer you a book. I wrote a post here with more information on what is important to include in your book blog’s contact page, […]

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  3. “13 different pages, down the rabbit hole, into Narnia and back again in order to find it”
    Haha, so true…
    I have simple contact page, but, after reading this, I guess I need to state what genres and formats I’m willing to accept, so thanks. The rest was all helpful as well, so thanks!

  4. Hi i just started my blog and i was wondering if you had any advice to make mg blog successful…. any advice is highly appreciated

  5. I only started my book blog recently so thank you for the advice 😀 Very useful to know! I’m so new to this world!

    1. You’re very welcome 🙂 x

  6. This was so helpful & definitely well need advice. I’ve only recently started adding these pages to my blog so it’s great to have some advice on what to include. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Katie | http://kaleidoscopepeonies.blogspot.co.uk/

    1. You’re welcome I’m glad you found it helpful, Katie! (:

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  8. Thank you so much! I’m still new to book blogging and any bit of help is appreciated!

    1. You’re very welcome! If you need any advice, don’t hesitate to contact me (: xx

  9. I’ve never thought of a contact page, but I think I’ll go make one right now 😁 thank you so much!

    1. You’re very welcome (: xx

  10. Very helpful thank you Jenny x

    1. You’re welcome Lorraine I’m glad you found it helpful! (: x

  11. Interesting post !

    1. Thank you – I hope you found it helpful? (:

      1. Definitely !

  12. Can’t say I bothered to much with my own contact page, will have to rectify that. I found this to be a really insightful post. 🙂

    1. Nah it’s not a page I particularly care about either but I know how important it is to optimise your blog and opportunities (: I’m glad you found it helpful!

  13. Very helpful thank you x

    1. You’re welcome, im glad you found it helpful! (: xx

  14. Never thought about this in detail, Jenny. Thanks for the heads up!

    1. You’re welcome! Hope it was helpful (: xx

  15. Reblogged this on Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie.

    1. Thank you for reblogging (: xx

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