Book Bloggers: The New Literary Agents
I’ll make this short and sweet. If you want to get your book in front of readers, you must get it read by complete strangers, book reviewers who usually run a blog or other portal that readers visit to discover new books. To get reviewed, you must submit according to the reviewer’s submission guidelines, include a synopsis, a blurb, basically all the components of a decent query letter you would send to a lit agent. Some reviewers take self-published books, many don’t. Others prefer paperbacks to ebooks, some are okay with anything, and all reviewers have genre preferences, just like the guidelines you’d find in The Writer’s Market for querying a traditional literary agent. Yes, the publishing model is moving, in flux, and book reviewers are fast becoming the new gateways through which authors pass to reach their readers.