The question I get most often from bloggers is when will my blurb get used at a bookstore?
long answer short is: by submitting more blurbs, and telling your blogger friends to do the same thing. Help spread the word by grabbing a badge, talking about Bookstore Bookblogger Connection, tweeting about it, you know the drill.
The longer and more useful answer has to do with the inner workings of Bookstore Bookblogger Connection.
When I’m working with a bookstore, when I’m sending them our famous shelftalkers, I want everyone who looks at that shelftalker to think “Wow! People liked this book! lots of people.”
I’ve italicized the important part.
The usual threshold for me to do a shelftalker is having three or more submissions from different bloggers. Once I get three, I build the shelftalker and send it out. Have you reviewed Robert Jackson Bennett’s The Troupe or Zoo City by Lauren Beukes? How about The Magicians by Lev Grossman or any of George R R Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books? These are just a few titles that are on the cusp of having shelftalkers. I don’t have enough blurbs to send it out.
One of the best ways to ensure a shelftalker is created with your blog’s name on it is to submit blurbs for titles I already have 1 or 2 blurbs for. Help get those titles over the threshold. All genres accepted, new books, old books, first in a series or 12th. Scroll through the books list, see what catches your attention as a title you’ve reviewed in the past. Go through your blog archive, and pull me the sentence out of your review that would make me want to pick up that book.
But wait, you really want to submit a blurb for your favorite new book, and it’s brand new, and no one knows who the author is, and you don’t see it in my list? submit it anyway. Because you know what? Just like you helped another title over the threshold with your blurb, someone else will pay it forward for you. Come ‘on, we’re bloggers. we do this for the love of the written word. Paying it forward is kinda our thing.