Welcome to Book Blogging 101, a weekly feature on Parajunkee’s View that answers your questions and strives to share great book blogging tips and some helpful hints to help you on your way.

Q: I have been blogging for over a year, it’s only recently that my blog kind of became a book blog. The new followers and readers that my blog gained is mind boggling. And it’s only been recently that authors/publishers started sending me review requests. I am really flattered, really.
However, some titles that I have been requested to read just seems like something I will never pick up. Ever.
Any advice on how to say NO to this requests without being rude? – Ella V

Ella, in all honesty I just ignore the requests that I’m not interested in, unless of course I have an established relationship with the author. And I know this sounds horrible, but really, I got tired of explaining myself and then defending my review policy. I’m not a patient person and I hate repeating myself, even if it is to multiple people. That is how I defend it in my mind, rude or not — take a look at my recreation of what a usual “pushy” review request began to look like, before I started just ignoring:

Dear Parajunkee:

Your site is amazing and I just discovered it and have been all over it recently. I think it will be a perfect fit for my book, ‘Chick Likes Both’ – would you please review it? It’s about a girl who doesn’t have any friends and she goes to boarding school and meets a mysterious boy with great hair. The thing is she is also drawn to this other guy who is kind of sulky with a great body. Who will she choose? Sounds great, doesn’t it?? I know you would love to review it, so send me your address and I’ll send it right over.

Regards,
Author X

—-

Dear Author X:

Thank you so much for the compliments! I’ve put a lot of time into my blog and I’m overjoyed that you like it so much. Unfortunately ‘Chick Likes Both’ might not work for me right now, since I’m a little overrun with love triangles and I try to vary my reading to avoid burnout. I’m going to have to decline the review request, but thank you again for thinking of the blog.

Regards,
PJ

—-

Dear PJ:

I know I wrote in the last email about two men, but the love triangle is really only a small part of the novel, I really think you would enjoy. Really. It has a boarding school and this might be a spoiler, but one of the guys is a vampire. I know you love vampires.

Author X

—-

Author X:

Again I’m going to have to say no. I read the synopsis and it just doesn’t seem like something I would like. I’m sure there are other bloggers that would love to review your book. Thank you again.

PJ

—-

PJ:

I totally wrote that synopsis quickly, I swear you’ll like the book, it’s just like all the other books you review on your blog. I’ve attached the PDF, once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. I look forward to reading your review.

Author X
attachment: ChickLikesBoth.pdf

{Delete}

—-

PJ:

It’s been three months and I haven’t seen a review of ‘Chick Likes Both’ on your blog. I’m an indie author and I sent out like 50 review copies and I’ve only gotten 2 reviews, so reviews are very important to me, I was just wondering when I can expect a review?

Thanks,
Author X

—-

Slams head against desk. {Delete}

—-

I am not elaborating — I’ve had about ten of these types of email correspondences. One of which started about a year and a half ago and still continues. It is reminiscent of my mother-in-law who always tries to get me to eat whatever she orders…

“C’mon try it…”
“I don’t like Meatloaf…”
“Try it…”
“I don’t like Meatloaf…”
“You’ll like this one.”
“Gah…!!!”

It might seem rude to ignore a review request, but I really only suggest responding back to authors that you want to open up a communication with or publishers/publicists that you want to start a relationship with — and frankly if you want to start a relationship you are probably going to have review that first book they are pushing on you, no matter what you think of the synopsis. If it is out of your genre range that is a quick and easy response, just state that it is not within the lines of your reading likes and if they have a book that fits within your chosen genres you would be more than happy to review them.

This would also be a good time to set up a review policy and you can always direct authors to the policy if they are not falling within those lines. Hope it helps.

Q: How do you acquire a second site that would redirect to your blog?  For example, say you got a ton of searches for “The Parajunkee” and you wanted to make sure that people who typed in theparajunkee.com were automatically redirected to parajunkee.com.  How would you do that?  I know you’d have to purchase that site somehow, but I haven’t the faintest clue how to do that!  Thanks! – Sarah

My suggestion would be to purchase a secondary domain and create a forward. It’s easy to do if you know how to do it within a domain management program, but there are also excellent companies that you can call up and get support through. One of which is GoDaddy.com whom I recommend highly. Mainly because their tech support is phenom and based in the US, so they are easy to understand and they are very knowledgable.

You would call up GoDaddy.com and talk to sales. Tell them you want to buy a domain and get it forwarded to your current domain. If you already have a domain that your purchased, especially if you purchased it through Google – it might be with GoDaddy.com already. Check who it is purchased with before you even call and they can set up everything under the same account.

Q: There are a few rumors going around that Google Friend Connect is going off Blogger, too, as in it’s officially going to be gone. Forever. Is this really true? – Eileen

Yes, March 1st, GFC will not be available for use on non-Blogger blogs. Very. Really. True. Check this out. Sorry Eileen, I had I think about 4 or 5 other questions that were asking about WP so I read this completely wrong. I blame Mardi Gras… :X

Shutting down GFC for Blogger blogs is based solely on rumor. The app makes no money for Google in any way shape or form, so one day, yes they could discontinue it. But, as of right now they are only shutting down for NON-Blogger blogs only.


XO – Happy Thursday, Talk Less, Read More.

I can’t get to all the questions, but please ask your BB101 Questions here…bring it on.