Let’s just face it . Review copies aren’t as great as it’s usually thought of . I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks review copies are irritating at times , am I ? Why is it never brought up though ? I’ll accept that review copies at times are amazing , but offering reviews are sometimes not good , too .
1 . I miss my favourite authors .
Don’t beat me now . I know I put the review offer up to get to know new authors and that’s true. But I feel bad giving a ‘no’ to requests and end up with a mountain of books . Result ? I don’t enough time to read books from my own personal favorite authors . And if you’ve been around , you also understand the craze to read popular books to ‘stay updated’ . I don’t think I can take the books overload.
2. Authors who don’t appreciate criticism
They’re like bugs . Many authors believe that bloggers “should” provide positive reviews . I get it , trashing and insulting the author and their hard work is wrong , but posting a positive review when you didn’t like the book would mean you’re lying to your reader .
3. The damn review policy
Okay , this is probably why I think I’m hating review requests . Some authors completely ignore the fact that you have a review policy up . Most of the authors who are asking for reviews from me visit the review policy to get the email id to make the request and not actually see what I’m expecting . I just swore to myself that I’m deleting these requests ruthlessly from now on .
4. They think you’ve got nothing to do
We all have a life but all authors seem to think our life goes like this : Read books , review them , sleep and wake up and the same goes again . Many of us have a 9-5 crappy job . Many of us are students , too . Replying to each and every request is not an easy business . I recently stopped replying to requests I’m not interested in because I just can’t .
5. Lack of manners
Believe it or not , a lot of authors lack manners . There is difference between making a request and calling something a request . I sometimes get “Requests ” ORDERING me to read the book . Why the hell would I do that ?
6. They’re not very nice
How many review requests have you received with people calling you “Hi BlogName ” ?? I just can’t tolerate that . If you didn’t take the time to check my name that’s written on every single part of my blog , then you obviously shouldn’t think I’m going to take my time to read your book .
7. They just want the review
I haven’t got a single request from anyone who actually interacted with me anyway before making the request . Not one person takes the time to scroll through the blog and actually see the content before getting to the review policy . If you don’t even know how I write reviews , how could you even trust me to write something useful about your book?
8. Too demanding
Post it on a specific date , post it here , post it there , keep tweeting about it , cross post it on all your social media , copy paste on amazon….urgh , the list goes .
My life is rather demanding and I haven’t got the time to write a review , edit it , rewrite it and then keep posting it all over the social media . Why would I do the job of a professional advertiser ? I’m done over-posting about books to social network .
9. The Slaving :
Once you accept the review request , you magically become the authors’ slave . In fact , some of them are going to email you every day after you receive the book to check if you’re done reading it . Let me make it clear : I get to choose whether the book ends up being a ‘one sit reading ‘ or if it takes me days , months or years to complete it . I usually try to complete review copies as fast as I could but that doesn’t mean I’m going to complete it in one day and pop up a review the next day .
Ever thought of abandoning the huge review request list ? Why or why not ?