Showing posts with label request. Show all posts
Showing posts with label request. Show all posts

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Are you awkward about getting Review Requests from Authors? | Book Blogging Tips (#44)






Even though I don't really mean to be, I have to admit I'm super awkward about getting review requests by authors. This is 100% on me.

Most experiences I've made so far were delightful and I ended up liking most of the books that were offered to me by their authors.

But what if I hadn't?



WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE THE BOOK?!

How do I phrase politely that I absolutely hated your novel and wrote a 300 word review about how much I hated it? Even though I feel like my reviewing style is at that point where even negative criticism is phrased respectfully, I'm sure no author wants to read this about their book. And yea, indie authors read reviews. I know they do because I get reactions to the reviews from them once I have sent the links over...!

I still want to review books that are offered to me by the authors, I think it's a great opportunity and I like that they are so approachable, but sometimes I just wish there was more .... distance. I wish I didn't have to bite my nails feeling ashamed. I wish I would stare at my email account, just waiting for one author to absolutely flip out when I send over a bad review. That stuff happens. 

Last year an author actually tracked down someone who gave them a negative review and wrote an article in The Guardian about this, not seeing what's wrong with that. Since I read that article I've been extra picky with accepting books for review that weren't offered through a publishing house.

AM I SCARED OF AUTHORS?

Heck yea, I am. I'm scared of getting negative reviews, possibly managing to agitate a black sheep that turns out to be a psychopath. Things like this are known to happen. Remember that author who tracked down a reviewer and hit them over the head with a bottle? I'm flat out scared to get my face slashed by someone that didn't like my opinion. Is this far-fetched? Maybe

The thing is, while this probably, very likely *knock on wood* won't happen to me, there's always the possibility. The easiest solution would be to only work with big publishers then and completely cut off any contact with authors that isn't going through their publicists first. Well. I don't know if that really is a solution. 
  • I want to read indie books, 
  • I want to talk to authors, 
  • I want to see their reactions to nice reviews, 
... but there's always going to be this little voice inside my head that will tell me to keep this or that sentence out of my review.

It will tell me to censor my review a little more, which I definitely wouldn't have done if the book were offered to me through a publicist.

While I do know that not every author can afford a publicist and/or it doesn't make sense for everyone, sometimes I wish there was a puffer person. 


Am I weird or are you also awkward about getting review requests from authors?

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

How I Pick Which Books I Request For Review | Book Blogging Tips (#39)



If you have the luxury of getting requests by authors and publishers, you also have to choose which ones to read and which offers to decline.

Here's a list of things that I take into consideration when I'm looking at a review request.

For a bigger list of DON'Ts when pitching books to bloggers, click here.




#1: Form
You probably know already that I'm not a fan of mass emails.
Unless they're coming from a big publisher and I've subscribed to their mail list/newsletter, I usually delete these immediately. Everything addressed to "Dear Blogger" etc. remains unread and gets deleted.

#2: Genre
I go through phases where I read a bunch of books in one genre and am absolutely not interested in anything else. Even if my favorite author has a new book out and it's not in a genre that I'm into right now, I probably won't read the book. It's arbitrary sometimes and has nothing to do with the quality of the work that's offered to me.

#3: Synopsis
If the form is impeccable, the genre is something that I'm interested in right now, the synopsis really has to get to me. If you've got a good pitch, I'm absolutely interested. It's important to have a good pitch, your book can be exactly up my alley, but if you've got a bunch of typos and didn't really put any effort in this, I'm just moving on.

#4: Amazon Preview!
My favorite feature. That's why I ask for official links in my review policy. If available, I always make use of the preview feature. If the form, genre, and synopsis are just right, the last obstacle is the preview. If I like writing style, I'm going to request! I don't request books that didn't make me want to desperately continue reading, the better the preview, the more intrigued am I! Cliffhangers are a plus here!

Bonus: 
Niche Markets
If I've liked several books about a super specific genre lately, I'll probably try to get my hands on everything related to that. That's why it's always a good idea to look at my social media accounts and check what I've been reading lately. 

I've read books from that author before
There are some talented writers out there (not necessarily big names, also indie writers!!) who have just impressed me so much with their writing that I'll request their books no matter the genre or the mood. If you've received a good review from me once, there's a very high chance I'll turn a blind eye on my review policy and even try something I usually don't read.

How do you pick which books you review?


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