As a busy book blogger, I receive many review requests on a daily basis. Most are polite, many are obvious just ‘feeling’ out the process. I try to answer each and every one.
Also, like most busy book bloggers, I have a Review Policy clearly stated on my blog.
Today I got an email that I found unsettling.
I won’t name the author who sent it, but his email reads as follows:
As the publisher and writer of **********, this is to advise
that I’ll be sending you a Kindle ebook. (Kindle gift voucher link attached)
Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more emails that seem to assume I should be overjoyed to read his/her book. At my wits end, and as this email was for a book that I had NO interest in reading, my reply was thus:
Please take the time to read my Review Policy.
Perhaps in future you would be better served by ‘asking‘ permission before sending along an Amazon gift voucher. Many bloggers, such as myself, are very busy. Right now I have close to 200 review commitments. I can only read around 100 titles a year, so that puts me TWO YEARS behind. I hope you understand.
I appreciate that you sent along an Amazon gift voucher, but I will not be redeeming it. Perhaps you could get it refunded and send it to another reviewer who really wants to read your book.
Thanks for your email, but I found it rather presumptuous.
Best of luck with your novel.
His immediate response?
A simple “no” would suffice.
Oh, the trials and tribulations of being a book blogger. Am I wrong to expect authors and publishers to read my Review Policy? Should I just have replied ‘no’, as this author suggested? I thought I was being polite by explaining myself. Looking back at my reply, it does sound a little terse. That’s what happens when you are taking the time to write your sixth ‘no’ in one sitting.
Oh, well, it seems you can’t please all of the people all of the time…
Do YOU get unsolicited review requests?
Do YOU answer each and every one?
Should I grow a thicker skin?
Should I have just not answered him?
What about Amazon Gift vouchers? Do you just accept them all?
I felt that I couldn’t accept it if I had no intention of reading his self-published book. Looking back, I think if he had worded his request differently, I might have at least considered it…
Oh, the mighty power of words.
All support and/or constructive criticism greatly appreciated.