Warning this guide contains common sense: Rules to live by in the Blogosphere (#1)

December 19, 2015

Before we even get into this post I want to start out by saying that I am in no way trying to force you to follow any of these "rules." Matter of fact, these aren't even so much rules as they are personal things that I try to remember when being active in the book/blogger community. A few of these "rules" are in regards to more negative things that people have been doing in the blogging community, situations where you should use common sense. However, that pretty much covers the list. I hope you enjoy! :)

Update: I've decided to make this into a mini-series of sorts. I was going to make one long list of "rules" but I've decided to spread the list out so your not reading for hours (lol) I'll try to post a different themed list every single week for the next 2/3 weeks so keep checking back :)

Concerning requesting/reviewing books

Rule #1:
If you email a publisher and they 

A. Don't respond 
B. Respond telling you that you've been rejected

DO NOT email them back. Keep in mind that publishers can only send out books to a select few people and sometimes you just won't be one of them. The only time where it's appropriate to request again AFTER the publisher has rejected you is on Edelweiss (or at least that's what I think.) Just remember not to go too crazy with the re-requesting.

Rule #2:
Try not to request a book directly from an author. Some authors are kind and they will forward your request to their publishers but others may just ignore them. 

It is not an authors job to send you their book.

It's NEVER okay to be rude to an author because they can't whip their book out of thin air so they can send it to you. Heidi Heilig (author of The Girl from Everywhere) was on Twitter earlier talking about how some people were giving books 1 star on Goodreads just because they weren't given an ARC of the book. Not only is that extremely rude and childish but it also doesn't help an authors career. You may not realize it but many authors are dependent on the success of their book: by trashing their book for no reason you are affecting their future in the book industry. 
Please, please, please just think before you do something like that.

Rule #3:
Try not to be too smug for having ARCs. If you've ever received and ARC before then you know it feels pretty great. It's super exciting to know you have a book before anyone else does, and of course it's okay to share! It's always nice to say thank you to the publisher through social media as well as to share with the author how excited you are for their book. But please, please, please don't be rude or snarky about it. By rude or snarky I mean posting pictures of the book EVERY DAY or saying something like: "I have the book and you don't HAHA YOU SUCK." (Okay so those aren't good examples but you get where I'm going.)

Rule #4:
Be truthful with stats when requesting from a publisher. Sure you can say that you get 20,000 views a month and be pretty much guaranteed to get the book based off of numbers but that's not the right thing to do. Honestly, that's pretty much why you should be truthful, it's the right thing to do. Plus, if a publisher finds out that you've been lying to them then you probably won't get accepted for review copies anymore...

Rule #5:
Uphold your side of the bargain. I think that when you agree to review a book for a publisher your almost agreeing to the terms of a contract. 

"We'll send you this book if you read and review it."

Even I forget this one occasionally *gasps*
It's hard to read and review books in a timely manner, I'll admit that. (That's also a reason why you shouldn't request more books than you can handle, and why you should only request books that you are actually interested in reading.)

Thank you so much for reading! 

Comment below and tell me what some of your "rules of requesting" are, I always love to hear back.

Have a lovely day everyone!

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  1. This is such an important post Faith. Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in all the glitz and glamour of blogging - the page views, the ARCs, the comments - that we forget some common courtesy rules. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and remind everyone!

  2. These rules are so helpful! I have never requested an ARC, mostly because I feel like I already have way too many books to get through, but if I ever do, I shall keep these in mind. :) Great post!

  3. I agree with so many of these! I've only requested a book twice if I've been rejected on EW/NG. Hasn't really helped, but it's worth a try!

    That's utter crap that people are rating a book "1 star" just because they didn't get a "free book." AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS OWE YOU NOTHING!

    I just mapped out my planner for all my ARC books, in general, I hate being late with things (being late to work, deadlines, reviews). I'm going to have a busy January and February. I think I have five review copies to read each month. Pray for me. XD

    These tips are super helpful for bloggers who are just starting out! Thanks for putting this all together! :)

  4. Ok, I didn't even think people did #4!!!!!! Really? You have to be kinding! I work hard for my numbers. This is really sad. Blogging isn't about ARC's they come out eventually guys. Really! Great post Faith, I love it. Also Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Happy reading xoxo


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