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.
When I first started book blogging I did not have a review policy. I only reviewed books that I had borrowed from the library or owned so there really was no need for it. It wasn’t until I started to receive review requests (and many for books in genres that I never read) that I thought it might be a good idea to post one.
My review policy hasn’t really changed except for the fact that it now says that I am not currently accepting review requests. I have fallen behind on my review reading and spent much of 2011 reading books for review rather than those books that were sitting at the top of my own wish list.
So what do I do when a review request doesn’t fall within my review criteria? I usually respond with a “thanks but no thanks” or an “as per my review policy” kind of email. Occasionally I ignore the request but that is usually unintentional as I am not always the greatest with keeping up on emails.
As far as pitches go – “pitches” on their own don’t catch my attention – what does catch my attention is an interesting sounding book that falls into one of the genre’s that I mentioned enjoying to read. I can tell you one thing that is an immediate turn off though – spelling and serious grammar errors in a “pitch” email. Also I find overly pushy or forceful requests off-putting. I have had a few requestors who have followed up nearly daily on their request or on the status of their review. That type of pressure drops my interest in a book down to nearly nothing. But usually if an author actually reads my review policy (and it shows because a) they are pitching a book that falls within it and b) they are sending their request at a time where I am actually accepting review requests) I am receptive to reading their book.
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