Hello peepsies! So last week was part 2 of a 4 – 5 week long feature I’m running called “How To Get Your Book Reviewed.” It’s mainly for all the authors out there wondering why bloggers may be turning them down and/or how to get more reviews. Today, I’m going to talk about timing! I hope you enjoy and learn something! Here we go:
So, to you, I may be a blogger, reader, reviewer, aka another person behind a screen but maybe you don’t totally realize there’s a lot more going on than that. See, I also am a student and have a couple jobs IRL and that takes time to do. Unfortunately for me, that means it takes time away from reading, reviewing, blogging, responding to emails (okay so maybe I’m just bad at responding to emails in general….) and so that limits the amount of books I’ll “take” for read and reviews to the point where I am not taking any requests for books to read and review unless I specifically ask for them at the moment.
What does this all have to do? Well, it means we don’t have anything against you or your book. It’s just we’re busy too. For many of you, writing is your second job and the same could be said about blogging for us reviewers. Now I’m not saying this could be the only reason we may not take your book, but that’s the biggest reason for me I won’t read and review a book. Here’s how you can avoid falling into the ever so bad timing vortex:
- pitch a little before the summer –> for us Americans, summer is usually from the end of May to the middle of August more or less. Maximize on that and pitch a couple weeks before summer begins so that we have time to respond and pack your book away before vacay
- pitch for/during winter break –> now for American middle and high schoolers, this is a bit harder because typically they only get one or two weeks off right before Christmas and ending right after Jan 1st, plus they may have homework over break. For uni students, though, we get around 4 – 6 weeks off from the middle of December to the end of January (that’s what I get at least). Be mindful of what age the blogger is and figure out what may be best because winter break may not work or it may be the perfect time for people to read and review!
Of course, there are a couple assumptions with the above points:
- that every blogger is a student (not everyone is)
- that those two “times” work for everyone (obvs not)
- that every blogger lives in the US (again, obvs not)
However, as I’ve noticed, those are the best times to pitch read and reviews to bloggers. The timings may be a bit different depending on age and location of the blogger but they’re roughly the same. During the school/work year is a little iffy for everyone, however, a ton of people still do read and reviews then so don’t get discouraged if that’s the only time you can pitch.
And that’s really all when it comes to timing! If you have any questions as to contacting bloggers/things you should(n’t) do, comment on here or contact me; I’d love to hear from you! Also, if you’re a fellow blogger/reviewer and have any stories to share or any helpful tips for authors, feel free to comment them below or email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I might compile a list of them for the last post in the series! Thanks, hope you have a great day/night and tata for now!!