“I love when I get a review request and the author completely disregards me as a person and devalues what I do!”
Bloggers get tons of review requests, and they are generally from self published authors trying to get the word out on their book. But sometimes, they way they do that is less than respectful so we ignore them. Here’s a few reasons why: (and note that not ALL authors/review requests are like this!)
/We Do Stupid Things Like Delete Your Message
Okay, I have to admit. Sometimes it is our fault. Messages get lost, deleted, or sent to spam on accident. I sometimes send Bec’s emails to the trash bin without ever looking at them because it gets mixed in with 1000 twitter emails. Or at least that’s what I tell her.
Genres We Clearly Don’t Read
You send us a request to read your erotica book and we review children’s books. Not only will your cover full of scantily clad people scar us for life, it also shows us you know nothing about the blog you want your book to be reviewed on. At all. What does that say about you?
Dear team wonderlandsread: or Alice/Becky/Divin: etc.
First of all, what? You can’t even take one look at the blog and see who posts? It’s called respect and it takes two seconds. It’s really sad because I have only come across around 10 emails out of maybe 80 that actually addressed me or co-bloggers correctly.
A Bunch of BS
“I LOVE YOUR BLOG. SO MUCH. I VISIT EVERY DAY AND HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOU FOREVER. I’M TYPING IN CAPS TO SHOW YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU. WHICH IS, LIKE, A LOT.”
Seriously, don’t try this tactic. We aren’t stupid. We know who has been following us and if you are like me, have life sized statues of all your followers because they are just that awesome.
If you come to us with a huge, long sob story in your request about how your dog just died and us reviewing your book will make everything okay again or how your husband left you we will feel sympathetic but that means nothing to us. This also goes for how many awards your book has won or how many people have reviewed it.
Mass Email / Not Enough Information
If you send out your request to 20 different bloggers just copied and pasted, we can tell. You mention us or our blog once. Plus, we can, you know, just ask each other. Hey, we don’t have an abundance of time either but it wouldn’t kill you to write a little personalized sentence. You will get better results, I promise.
Also, one email with your just book link and you asking us to review it:
If I go on Goodreads and see all of your books have terrible ratings/reviews which talk about how you stalk reviewers or bully them or somehow cheat Goodreads to make yourself look better, you better believe I will be staying far, far away from you. And so will plenty of other bloggers.
If you expect us to spend time reading your novel when you can’t even spend the time reading our review policy or getting our names right: