Monday, April 16, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger from All Consuming Media and Karen from For What It's Worth Reviews to discuss issues unique to book bloggers. To find out details, click HERE.
Question for Monday April 16th: Review/Guest post requests: Do you have a review request policy? Has it changed over time? How do you handle requests that don’t meet your criteria?In the past, what types of "pitches" have caught your attention? Are there any (non-specific) examples of requests that are off-putting to you as a blogger?
A: I do have a review policy and it really hasn't changed over time, but I should probably change it. To be honest, I don't ask for review copies because I just don't have time to read all the books in my TBR pile as it is! Plus, I feel pressure when doing a review for an author/publisher. I much prefer to read what I want on my own terms.
Maybe I should reply to all the review requests I receive, but I don't because most seem to just be mass form letters and not personal at all. It's obvious that they don't read my blog or know what kind of books I like. I think I'm included in an e-mail blast and it's as if there's not a real person behind it so I don't really assume that the sender is expecting an answer from me personally. It's kind of like phishing.
The only type of "pitches" that have caught my attention is if they are truly about a subject that I enjoy, but really not a lot has caught my eye. The pitches that are off-putting to me are the ones where they state untrue facts about their contact with me or my blog. Also, if they use someone else's name. I don't really get offended -- I understand that they are just trying to get the word out there about their books.
Posted by Midnyte Reader at 8:58 AM