It’s Saturday! *sigh* Weekend and… Discussion time here at the Bookworms!
In our last Discussion post Lindy suggested to talk about Turning Down Review Requests. So, that’s what we are doing! Some time ago a Discussed! Post about how to request reviews in the first place, so we are not going to touch this subject today.
Now, what do we do when we get a Review Request?
To answer this questions we must go straight into the different parts of request we usually get, because I handle different requests differently!
Requests from Authors…
- did not read your Review Policy,
- didn’t care to address you personally
- just send their book
- basically did everything “wrong” (see this post for specifics)
So, how to answer?
Well… I just do not respond. Period. We get tons of these emails, around 3-5 per day and no one has time to just reply to emails. I must say that when we were young Bloggers (so.. 3 years ago) I did reply to every email and considered each request carefully. Now, I just don’t have the time for it, so I choose carefully which requests catches me eye and which not!
Requests from Publishers
It’s sad but of course I treat publisher emails differently. There, I also look over the fact that they do not address me personally or send otu mass mails. They have a different workload which I understand perfectly. I know this might be wrong, but it is how it is – a Publisher is definitely something else than one single Author.
So, how to answer when you are not interested in this book?
Easy! You are just honest and say so. Usually, I tell them that it doesn’t sound like a book I might enjoy, or that it’s not my usual genre, or that you just do not have time to read it in time.
Then, I usually add that I would still love to work with them and if they have something else for me to look at, I’d be happy to work with them on future tiles.
I’m just being honest. It won’t help the author or publisher if you agree to review a book you already go in with a bad feeling.
I know that I struggled with this a lot when we first started blogging. I felt bad declining requests. I mean I was super excited, someone wanted us to read their book in the first place. Right now, I feel like the self-published author request are getting more and more ach day and it’s easily becoming overwhelming so I decided not to be overwhelmed, only reply to authors that catch my attention in one way or another. If that makes me a bad blogger, I think I just have to take it.
Now it’s your turn. How do you handle Request? Do you easily say yes because you feel somehow inclined to do so? Do you take your time and respond to all requests? (Yeah if you do!!) Or do you handle it similar to me?
Thank you so much for suggesting this topic Lindy! If you haven’t checked her blog, you should definitely do so! It’s such a cute blog!