Thursday, August 1, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 8/2 - 8/8




 QUESTION OF THE WEEK:


How do you turn down a review request?

 MY ANSWER:

This is a difficult thing to do when it is necessary to turn down an author's request, but at times I am just so booked with reviews I can't accept any more.  Also, the genre isn't right either, and I do indicate that.

When I turn down the request, I let the author know that I am either too booked for reviews at this time or that I don't read that genre.

What I like to do is give an author a few sites that they can take a look at to try to find other bloggers that may be available. 

BTW, they aren't specific blogger sites or friends.  I don't want to put anyone on the spot.

I refer them to sites that have lists of bloggers, and tell them they may be able to find other bloggers who may be able to help them on the site.

The authors usually understand and appreciate the leads to the other sites.  Authors work so hard, and I don't like to just say no.

Turning down a publisher's request is usually because of the genre.

How do you graciously turn down a review?

26 comments:

  1. Looking forward to everyone's answers.

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  2. If it's a mass email from someone, I just ignore it. If not, I'm generally honest and say I can't get to it in a timely manner or it's not my kind of book.

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  3. Definitely mass e-mails aren't given the same treatment.

    As I mentioned, I like to refer the author to another site.

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  4. Mass emails can be annoying and I don't respond as quickly to them. I have a strict review guideline, but it seems authors don't even read it and they still send me an email. If I'm not interested in the book or if I'm swamped with other reviews, I refer another blogger to them.

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  5. It's so difficult. Most of the time I just don't respond to their email; especially if they don't follow my review policy.

    Kendal
    Kinx's Book Nook
    http://www.kinxsbooknook.com/book-blogger-hop-ff-friday-6/

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  6. Since I am new to this, the only thing I have gotten in the form of a request is the mass email. I am so happy you suggested this question so I can learn now how to offer a gracious rejection when the time comes. :)

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  7. That's very nice of you to give suggestions to other reviewers. I'm going to have to keep some bloggers in mind if I ever need to do this.

    My Friday Memes

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  8. I say no thank you.
    For my further answer.
    http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2013/08/book-blogger-hop-week-of-august-2-8-2013.html

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  9. I have a standard line I now use about time constraints...and genre.

    I am surprised at how many requests I get for books that are WAY outside my comfort zone...the author/publisher has obviously not read my review policy...lol

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  10. I always respond. Authors do work hard on their books and need some support.

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  11. Loved your response! I forgot to add about turning down a request because of the genre!

    Cynthia @ The Things You Can Read

    Check out my response @
    http://thethingsyoucanread.blogspot.com

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  12. I tend to ignore the ones that don't seem like they have any clue what I read. Yes, I know they're just trying to promote their book, but I just don't have time when they haven't bothered checking who they are sending it to.

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  13. It's nice that you try to lead them to other bloggers.

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  14. Excellent question Elizabeth and great answer too :-) I like the idea of being able to refer the author to a blogger that could be willing to help them out with a review. Here's my answer
    http://moniquesmobooks.blogspot.ca/2013/08/the-book-blogger-hop-is-hosted-over-at.html

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  15. I never thought of referring them to other bloggers.

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  16. Mass emails really pain me. I love that you respond to each one, Elizabeth. It's something I'd love to be more consistent in doing, but it does take time!

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  17. You're a very kind, gracious lady, and I admire your approach! I have found another solution, because I'm such a coward, I couldn't really face these requests, especially after I was sent a book, or was able to read an excerpt, only to discover that it was truly terrible!

    It's nice that, along with turning down the request, you also pointed them elsewhere. I applaud you!!

    Happy Friday, and Happy Hopping!! : )

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  18. Great answer! I used to just turn them down when I was busy, not if I didn't like the genre. But then I had to write a negative review while part of a blog tour and they kicked me out of the tour, so since then I've declined to review books I think I might not like! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

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  19. I never thought of recommending other sites or bloggers before. It's a great idea.

    Thanks for stopping by my BBH!

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

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  20. Very helpful hints. Thanks! You know, things just happened the opposite for me. After I've agreed to a book review, and even given them my mailing address, but no book came.

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  21. Very helpful hints. Thanks! You know, things just happened the opposite for me. After I've agreed to a book review, and even given them my mailing address, but no book came.

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  22. THANKS for stopping by and for the nice comments, everyone.

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  23. I didn't think about forwarding them to another site. Would you mind sharing that info with me? It would totally come in handy. :)

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