Edited to add: Please leave a simple comment if you have read and understood this post, I would like to know how many people have actually read it through, and if this was at all helpful. Thank you.
A few guidelines so that you can navigate this site in an easy, stress-free way, and reap its benefits to the fullest:
1. Check the site regularly for new features. To elaborate: Check the Storytellers for new writers (authors added bimonthly) check the Book Thieves for new reviewers (readers added weekly) and check the Storytime for new stories to read and give feedback to or post yourselves (stories added daily, multiple times a day).
2. Contact reviewers and writers once a month or two months via the links above (Storytellers or Book Thieves, they all have buttons to contact, which open up in outlook/email)
3. Write reviews (if you are a reader) and share reviews of your books (if you are an author) -not on this site, on your own platforms. When you get a review of one of your books or receive a free book from an author you met on this site, a mention of The Book Robin Hoods would be nice, so that word gets spread around.
2. Visit the forum (the one you're in right now), read around a bit, and contribute to whatever conversations you like. Please read the Storytime stories and comment on them from time to time, they are super cool (as well as short).
3. Send emails about the site inviting your friends to join (in your newsletter if you are an author - once every few months, whatever you prefer).
4. Post about the site on social medial a few times a month to promote it and yourselves.
5. Post on your blogs, websites or amazing channels about this site, and add a link to your bio so that prospective reviewers or authors can find you more easily.
Whenever you post about us, use #thebookrobinhoods
You don't have to do these daily, but once a month would be a good idea. Even once per two months, if you are super busy. But radio silence will be detrimental to this service as well as to you.
No one is going to seek you out (we know that by now, right?) It doesn't work that way. We post a link on social media, and then everyone is interested. But we have to post the link first, or nothing happens.
There already is a team behind this service, but this is not our territory. What everyone needs to understand, and I am glad that most of you already have, is that this is your site.
My team takes care of the technical aspect of things, so that the site runs smoothly. My team is also the ones who contact readers and authors personally to tell them about this site. But that is where our role stops. Why?
We are not the ones who will promote you personally. There are so many of you that we don't know you and we can't start randomly promoting authors or bloggers. That is also not the point of this site. You found it and joined it, all by yourselves!
Now you must do the rest of the steps yourselves, and the above rules/guidelines should help give you a start on how to market yourself, with the help of this site. It's easier to find reviewers on this site, but you must find them yourself. It's easier to find authors willing to work with you, but you will fade into oblivion if you don't participate.
If you post about the site regularly, we could double the amount of writers and reviewers within weeks, if not days. That means double the free books, double the reviews, double the exposure. More than double.
But the point is that not one person (me or anyone on my team) does that for you. You come to this safe place of hand-picked authors and readers, and you work with them. It's that simple.
If you don't want to work, this site isn't for you. If you want to fill out an application and see the number of goodreads reviews go up, this site isn't for you. But if you accept that as an indie or traditionally published writer, or a new or experienced book blogger, it's up to you to form connections with people, then this is the place for you.
We hope you join us to work for a better indie author community.
Update: (from my blog)
Since I posted the “problem” post on the BRH forum here, I just want to tell you all a HUGE THANK YOU. My inboxes on tumblr, instagram and facebook have been bursting at the seems with readers and authors messaging me to tell me they have received/sent TONS of emails regarding their books/WIPS/reviews/promos!
You are amazing, you are awesome, you are cool.
This is going to be epic and lovely and giffy.
Please leave an "ok" or "read" or anything else you like in the comments, just so I know you read this post and it was somewhat helpful. There are pages and pages of comments, so use the little black navigation arrows or numbers on the bottom to read the rest, if you like, or leave any questions!
Second edit to add:
Please use the hashtag #thebookrobinhoods everywhere you post about us, so we can find your post and promote it!