One thing that many people in the book blogging world want are free books. Especially free books by authors or publishing companies that demand to be reviewed before their release dates, also known as ARCs (advanced readers' copies). I won't lie, after a few months of blogging, those were everything I wanted, and now that I have gotten a few, I will share my tips with you!
1) Social media is your best friend
This one is pretty obvious, and it's all about visibility. Obviously, if you have a lot of readers, you have more opportunities of getting sent books. Use social media to promote your blog, but do it in a fun and interactive way, and not a way to get views. I suggest you make a twitter account specially for your blog, and that you introduce your new blog posts in quirky and different ways, so people are interested, and don't see you as just another blogger.
2) Get involved
Go on other bloggers' blogs and look at what they are doing! Talk with them, create #SquadGoals. Also, get involved in blogging blogs, like The Book Blogger List. I am listed on there, and a lot of authors have contacted me through that website! It is a great blogger database that allows authors to find bloggers who are interested in reading their books, but also allows bloggers to make friends and have visibility. However, if you are inactive for a certain amount of time, they will remove your listing (for obvious reasons!).
3) Don't be shy!
Don't be scared of emailing publishers and smaller authors! I have emailed Simon & Schuster Canada and HarperCollins Canada, and have been on their blogging list for a while. Whenever they have new books that can be reviewed, they will announce it and you can get a chance at reviewing it. However, there are many bloggers listed on their database, so unless you're very very lucky, don't expect to receive ARCs often.
4) Take what you can
Don't refuse books from authors just because you don't want to read them! Actually, scratch that. NEVER force yourself to read! But don't be discouraged if it isn't THE book you want to receive earlier, some smaller authors have amazing books and you'll be surprised at how enjoyable it is to read books no one has ever read before. Just don't be sad if you can't review the new Jennifer L. Armentrout or Rainbow Rowell book, you feel? There are sooo many small authors out there for you to discover! Also, don't refuse a book because it isn't a hard copy. Some authors just can't afford to pay international shipping fees. I have actually never received a physical copy of a book, only e-books, mostly because I live in Canada so shipping fares are rather expensive, but e-books are just as good for reading on the bus and whatnot!
5) Be active
Obvious one: be active and post a lot. I know how hard it is (and as you might have noticed, I've been relatively inactive), but authors won't send books to inactive bloggers. They need to see your writing style and reading style before deciding if they want you to review their books! Take care of your blog like it's your baby!
Just a head's up, I am in no way qualified for giving you tips, but as a smaller blog, I think that my tips and insight would be helpful!