It has been said often by people with infinitely more patience than me but I find out that it always bears repetition, so here come some useful advice to some indie writers when dealing with book bloggers.
You put some efforts and time in writing your book. It'd be a pity to ruin it all because you've no idea how to market it properly.
1) Don't contact a book blogger on social media out of the blue to promote your book. At best, you'll be ignored. At worse, they'll block you then tell their book blogger friends that you don't know what boundaries are.
2) Before contacting a book blogger check their book review policy on their website. If it states that they don't review indie writers or that they're not open to requests for reviews, please be certain you're not the exception.
3) If they review indie writers and if they're open to requests for reviews, you contact them via their contact form. They don't have a contact form or an available email address? Then it means they don't want to be contacted. Move along.
4) You've found a book blogger who accepts requests for reviews and indie writers? Great! Now you contact them with a blurb. No, you don't send just a link to your Amaz$n listing and a note saying "Check it out!" No, you don't send a sample or the book itself either, but you mention that if they're interested you'll be happy to send them a copy *for free*. No, they aren't going to pay for your book.
5) They read your book, they reviewed it and it's a mixed bag? Be graceful, professional, and thank them! If you need to rant (which is understandable and entirely human), you do that in private. Book bloggers chat together so if you abuse one, they'll close ranks and you'll be blacklisted.
Good luck with your endeavours!
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