AuthorsGetLit

AuthorsGetLit: How to write a book review request email.

AuthorsGetLit is a new series on This is Lit that will focus on tips for authors and publishers about interacting with bloggers, soliciting book reviews, and more.

Last week, I gave you 5 tips for getting a blogger to review your book. It was a list of pointers for making your first contact with a blogger fruitful.

Now that we’re done looking at how you should write your email, let’s look at what exactly goes in your email. Use the following 5 points as a checklist while writing your review request email.

1. Mention the blogger’s name.

This is something that I already mentioned in my previous post and the comments are a good indication of how other bloggers feel too. Be personal! Humans like it.

2. Why did you choose this blogger?

Give the blogger a reason! A line about where you found them and why you think they’d like your book would be great.

Here are the first lines of a couple of recent emails I received:

“I appreciate the sharp opinions you share on This is Lit, and hope you may be interested in reviewing this book.”

“I discovered This is Lit while searching The Book Blogger List for potential reviewers for my debut novel, <book name> (<number of pages, genre>), which I am self-publishing through Amazon (<publication date>, <formats>).  Based on your interest in thriller and humor fiction, and your love of genre-bending works, I feel <book name> should be a good fit.  Would you consider giving my novel an honest review?”

The second one, especially, is one of my favorites. The “genre-bending” part? Nowhere in my blogger listing is that mentioned. But it is there in my review policy. The author went through my blog too and then emailed me. So do your research! It makes bloggers happy.

3. Add the book’s details.

This is self-explanatory. Add your book’s title, description, genre, publisher, and any other detail you think the blogger should know.

4. Specify what you want from the blogger.

Would a blog and Goodreads review suffice? Do you want them to review the book on Amazon? Or promote it on social media around the date of publication? Any special request you have needs to be mentioned in the first email.

5. Attach the book cover.

Some of us read books just for their covers. If your book’s cover is visually appealing, it just might be accepted for reviewing.


Sample email

Hi <blogger name>,

I discovered your amazing book blog through Goodreads and started following you right away. I love your book reviews for their honesty and wit. Based on your interest in horror, humor, and pop culture, I think my debut novel It’s Britney, Beach would be right up your alley.

It’s Britney, Beach tells the story of Brian Johnson, or rather, the story of the imprint of Brian’s departed soul. Brian is dashing, debonair, and dead. He drowned by getting trapped in a rip current in Venice Beach after one too many Bacardi Mango Storms in 2005. He haunts the beach, yelling out-of-date pop culture references at teens on the boardwalk, and trying to pull pranks on the beach’s visitors. This is where he meets Aimee, an alive street vendor moonlighting as a medium, who teaches him all about social media, Netflix, and more importantly, the importance of letting go.

If you’re interested, I’d be glad to send a paperback copy!

Thank you for your time! I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

<Your name>

< Your website link and social media handles>


 

Follow these points to make sure your review request email stands out from the tons of requests book bloggers receive on a daily basis.

Stay tuned for our next post on blogger directories!

 

What did you think of this post? How do you write a request email? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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25 thoughts on “AuthorsGetLit: How to write a book review request email.

    1. Thanks so much, Shré! And yay, I hope you like your first ARC! My first was this really great book and it made me want to read more galleys and ARCs. xD

      Don’t go on a requesting spree like most of us did, though. It can get difficult to handle. I learned it the hard way. 🙈😂

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  1. Some good advice here (I really dislike when they don’t attach a photo of the book cover!) but I have to say, I don’t really need them to go through all my posts and write a really personalized message, and in fact I’d rather them not (since my answer is most likely no ).

    I’d much prefer a picture of the cover and a short description of the book and ideally some indication that they’ve read my review policy (I see you are open to biographies, which is what this is, etc.). But that’s mostly because I don’t want to encourage people to waste their valuable time when I can determine pretty quickly whether something will be up my alley or not (which has nothing to do with whether they’ve read my entire blog or not).

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    1. Oh, I didn’t mean they should read my entire blog! Maybe a post or two? Or at least my About section in addition to my review policy. They both say which genres of books I enjoy reading the most.

      The personalised message just gets the reader hooked. But then again, this depends on the recipient. xD

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  2. I love your idea of giving authors or publishers pointers to ask for a review! Usually we get pointers for bloggers to ask for ARCs something really difficult for international bloggers. You reversed the story! This is really interesting! It matches what I posted in my “contact” as I ask authors to give me an excerpt of the book (to get an idea of the writing) a link to Goodreads or Amazon, a publishing date (when do they need my review), etc…

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    1. Well, so many publishing houses have posts like this, but I thought it would be great if an author could hear what bloggers think about the process. xD

      It’s good that you’ve posted these columns in your Contact Form, because we might as well make them answer these questions instead of cribbing when they don’t think of it themselves. 😁

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  3. This is spot on, Shruti! I always appreciate authors who take the time to read through my blog and take into consideration my preferences rather than just sending in a random email. Doing so is beneficial to both authors and reviewers because it makes us more open to cultivating friendships with the authors and being helpful with their work ❤

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    1. True! They don’t even have to go through the whole blog. Just the review policy and a couple of posts would do, if they don’t have time. It’s beneficial to them too because they can check if their book matches our tastes. 😊

      Thanks for stopping by, Cam! ❤️

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  4. Another fantastic post Shruti! I seriously want the authors to follow this email 😀 I love when they do their research and mail the relevant content.
    I have a separate Review Request Form on my blog and guess what most of the authors just use my contact form directly to send me request. Sometimes it is fine with me when the authors give the proper details like you mentioned above. But you know what, I got my first request via my review request form and I loved it 😀 After all, I made that form for some reason.
    Great post!

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    1. I actually love requests that come through the contact form, because it usually has all the information we already want. However, the cold emails are just bad sometimes. I once had an author send me a mail that just said “I recently published a book. Would you like to review it”. Like, that’s all it had. Not even the book title. Some authors really need a lesson on email etiquette. 😅

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