How to Lose Your Network & Alienate Bloggers

Beware of snark and sarcasm ahead!

Nice to meet you, buy my book (like my page, etc.)

Add people on Facebook or Twitter and then immediately spam their profile wall/page wall/inbox with information about your books.

Ex: Thanks for adding me, my book is for sale here….

Some will ignore your post. A few may check out the book depending on how many similar messages they’ve received. But many people will probably delete your post and block/unfriend you.

For similar results you can also try liking the pages of other authors and bloggers and immediatly posting on their page wall telling them that you liked their page, and that they should reciprocate.

Blind Mailings

If you really want to be sure to decrease the reach of your network, blind mailings will do it.

Like the “Nice to meet you, buy my book” tactic, this shows that you have no desire to do the research or build a relationship before asking someone to do you a favor and read or promote your book. Some book bloggers are more lenient with their rules and a general mailing may get you somewhere, but most book bloggers are just as strapped for time as the rest of us and if you didn’t at least take the time to research their submission policies, your email will probably go straight into the trash.

If that isn’t good enough, subsequent mailings will probably earn you a filter that sends your message to spam, and lands you on that blogger’s Sh!t list.

Promises, Promises

Making commitments you don’t intend on keeping is another way to end up on a few Sh!t lists. Yes, you really want to read that book, but you don’t really want to do a review, but you sign up for an ARC anyway.

The author will notice, and likely will remove your email if you sign up in the future.

Agreeing to do blog posts for tours, blitzes and whatnot may earn you brownie points up front, but if you fail to deliver, you’ll succeed in alienating yet another contact (and possibly several including the author, event coordinator, and other bloggers who kept their end of the bargain).

The same goes for events and blog hops. The point of a blog hop is to not only post your own material, but to jump around to the other blogs participating. It is intended to be a two way street. If you’re the only one not actively participating, most people will notice.


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