I am one of those bloggers who is very open about the fact that part of the reason I love blogging is due to all the review books that I get to read for free. I mean BOOKS for FREE! Who knew! That isn’t the only reason I blog but it’s certainly part of it. I know not everyone is the same and I totally respect that, we are all different and there is a place for us all.
But for me personally, whenever I get a notification from an author wondering if I would read their book, I still get all the good feels. However, I’m now more choosy about what books I will read and I don’t say yes to them all. I pick what books I think I’ll like and take a chance on those. If I don’t like the blurb or nothing shouts ‘read me’, I’ll pass. Which brings me to my question….do you reply to all authors who contact you?
Initially I did. Mostly to say yes as I was shocked that they contacted me at all. Overtime though, I was getting too many requests and so started filtering. And initially I was still replying to the other authors explaining that I didn’t think their book would be my cup of tea but still wishing them all the best with it. And then I started having problems:
– One author said it was similar to x book that I had enjoyed on Goodreads and would I reconsider. Ummnh, no! If it’s similar, what is the appeal in that!
– Another author told me they though I would like it as I like mystery books but said ‘you know what you like, I suppose’. Yes! No, I suppose, I do know what I like.
– Another author said as you don’t want to review such a book, will you try this other one that I wrote. Le sigh!
And so on, till I decided; No more replies unless I want to review your book. I know that is probably a bit harsh on authors who are sending their babies out in to the bad world and are probably anxiously waiting for a reply. It feels like bad manners but I don’t have time for hassle. I feel bad bringing this policy in due to behaviour from a few authors but I had got to the stage where I was sending a ‘no thanks’ reply and waiting for the lashback. I can’t even imagine how these authors would have taken a negative review but thankfully didn’t have to worry about that.
Bookish Chat : My question to you is how do you handle this issue. Do you reply to all requests?