This is going to be a short post since I am so late posting! Had a very busy day
Of course, I owe my even having a book blog to Ryan at Wordsmithonia. I met him on Twitter and the rest is history. We still stay in touch at least every week via our blogs or Facebook. Ours is one of the best friendships. Who says you can't make good friends online!
I have made many other friends in the book blogging world. Marie at The Burton Book Review has become a friend and we co-host the blog, Historical Fiction Connection together.
There are many, many others who I have met through my weekly Cat Thursday feature and many others with which we interact on each other's blogs. They know who they are. =O)
As far as publishers/publicists, I have never contacted any directly about reviewing a book. Haven't had to! I was receiving so many queries, I had to stop accepting review copies, except for special cases. It's so hard for me to refuse, but I have stayed pretty strong. I work fairly regularly with Pump Up Your Book! and Tribute Books. They are both great to work with. Also, Amy at Passages to the Past now runs Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. She is also great to work with.
And I have had some great interaction with authors. To name a few...Robert Parry (Virgin and the Crab, The Arrow Chest), Christy English (The Queen's Pawn, To Be Queen), Scott Nicholson (numerous horror and thriller novels and many others), Lisa Kessler (Across the Veil). Authors are really great to work with and all of my experiences so far have been wonderful.
I really feel like the best way to build and nurture relationships with anyone we as book bloggers interact with, be it fellow bloggers, authors, or publicists/publishers, is to always be polite and mindful of other's opinions. And reciprocate, reciprocate, reciprocate! I work very hard at this and I do fail at times. But the effort is to always interact with anyone who comments on your blog. And return the visit! If I'm failing miserably at this, please let me know. I am a work in progress and improvement is a constant goal.