Taking Review Requests: Yes but only if I've reviewed the author in the past. Interviews and guest posts are open to new-to-me authors. Please see my policy before requesting.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Meme: Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion hosted on Rainy Day Ramblings where a wide range of topics from books to blogging are discussed. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog!

This Week’s Question: Do you still accept review requests? Why or why not?

* Just memes today folks, I am feeling dreadfully unwell and kind of wanted to keep things simple and fun today. Hopefully tomorrow is better.

The simplest answer is not officially. My blog is not open to random review requests like it was in the early days and the reason is very simple: Time constraints and bad behavior.

You’ll find that my answer is very similar to other bloggers. When I first started I NEEDED the review requests so that I could start building an audience and relationships with authors and publishers so I accepted almost everything that came across my e-mail. I also didn’t like saying “no” to people, I felt that these were authors (A lot were indie) that needed help promoting their books and I will admit, there are tons of hidden gems out there in the indie world that go unnoticed. So I took those on. But as the years went by and I started participating in blog tours, getting to know people, and getting out there on social media, I started getting a steadier flow of review requests. I soon became overwhelmed with all the books I had to read and it started to lose its appeal. I forced myself to acknowledge that I had to start saying “no” even though I hate to do it.

Another factor was author/assistant behavior. I know that there are “difficult” (nice way of saying it) people out there but actually experiencing it first hand is a whole new ballgame. I had a BAD experience with an indie author AND their assistant that I have kept to myself for the past few years. To sum it up, the assistant asked me to review the author’s book and I said yes, as long as they could provide it to me a month before the release date because I had other commitments. The assistant said she could. Well she didn’t. I contacted her twice about it before I finally e-mailed her AND the author and said I had to back out of the review because it was now a week and a half before the release date.

Well the shitstorm began. I got accused by the author of just trying to get free books, and the assistant claimed I went back on our verbal agreement. I screenshot the e-mails and messages between myself and the assistant where it was very clear that I said I needed the book a MONTH in advance and that she agreed and I sent it to both of them. It was like talking to the wall. These two got so bad that I had to block their e-mails and tell them that if they didn’t stop harassing me over it I would have to contact a lawyer. I have NEVER had to do that in my entire life but it was something that was stressing me out and causing my depression to worsen. That was the last straw and I had to close up review requests.

As much as I love to help indie authors, I have to remember this one bad incident and acknowledge that it could have gotten worse. Indie authors publish their own content so they are essentially their own boss. This was a case of one bad apple ruining it for everyone. I’m just not willing to put up with people like that author and their assistant, much less with authors who cannot handle bad reviews. I understand that some reviewers see it as a chance to attack the author personally through a review and that’s not okay. However, if a person doesn’t like a book because of things like character development/behavior and/or plot, that’s a justified reason. Not an attack on the author.

I do however reach out to authors from time to time if I have the time and space to review their book AND have heard positive things about them from fellow bloggers. It is so important to have other bloggers to talk to about these things to get a little perspective and in some cases, a reference of sorts before you end up contacting an author that is going to make your life miserable.

One thing that I have not closed up and probably won’t is interview/guest post requests. I don’t mind interviewing authors or having them write a post specifically for my blog. Those can be fun.

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