Let’s Talk is a fun new meme to discuss an little bit of this & a little bit of that (not always bookish) hosted by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession.
This weeks question: Reviewers: How do you handle the less than ideal review requests? You know, the ones that have clearly not read your blog or your review policy. Also, what’s the worst review request you’ve ever received?
In general I don’t get too worked up about authors who haven’t read my policy or that I can tell haven’t read my blog. Anyone who blatantly is ignoring my stated policy gets deleted without a response. An unsolicited book attachment gets an immediate delete. I won’t read the request any further. Sorry, but I have no idea who you are and I’m no opening myself up to viruses.
I try to keep in mind that not all new authors know proper review request etiquette. When I started blogging I made make a few faux pas when contacting authors so I try not to judge too harshly. We learn by doing and we’re going to make a few mistakes and hopefully learn/improve as we go.
Having said that my peeves are mass blogger requests with at least 50-100 other bloggers cc’d, sending me a book in a genre I clearly don’t read, personal sob stories, epic – long emails or two sentence emails that don’t tell me anything about the book.
I love a quick note that introduces the author, a quick synopsis that summarizes the book with links to all relevant sites. That’s all. Any more than that takes up too much time. Also when the author is professional like that I am more inclined to ask them to guest post even if it’s a book I’m not interested but think my followers would be.
The worst requests?
I’ve had doozies. The worst one was from an author that bragged that her book was full of spelling and grammatical errors. She said that proved she was pushing boundaries and not following old outdated publishing rules. If I recall correctly it was a paranormal with bondage and dreams and a whole bunch of other wacky things.
I also had a request that sort of insulted my reviews and reading tastes then asked me to read his book. O_O
The other common one is the “I know you don’t read this type of book but you will LOVE mine.”
Sorry….that never works on me. I have taken a chance on a few authors that followed the general guidelines of being quick to the point and polite but that’s rare.
I can’t accept many requests these days but I’m still honored and shocked that an author would offer me their books for review.