Sending review copies of books to bloggers, Part II
Following up on my Sending review copies of books to bloggers post from yesterday, below is some information that book publicists find helpful to have about book bloggers. We realize that some bloggers prefer to remain off the grid — and bloggers, you are free to provide as much or as little of the following information as you’d like — but for those who would like to cultivate relationships with publishing houses, you should know that the more information publicists have, the more likely we are to engage with you (and, equally as important, to pitch you appropriate books).
Email: *Include this separately in your electronic signature. Don’t assume it will appear in your message because it doesn’t always.*
Brief (one or two-sentence) site description:
What types (genres) of books are you interested in?
How do you “use” a book — reviews? Author interviews? Giveaways?
How frequently do you cover books ?
Best way to pitch you a book – do you prefer to receive email pitches first? Or would you like to receive unsolicited review copies?
Snail mail address (if you would like to receive unsolicited review copies):
All publishing houses use media databases, so the key is to get your information in there so you needn’t provide it every time you request a book. (However, keep in mind that large publishing houses employ hundreds of publicists spread out over dozens of departments. You may work regularly with one publicist; it doesn’t mean that everyone at the house will be familiar with your work or will be looking at your record at that moment in time.)
Publicists and bloggers — let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to see (or if there is information here you think is unimportant and should not be shared).