Saturday, March 31, 2018

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong

In March of 2018, Drew of The Tattooed Book Geek put together a wonderful blog post titled Reasons why a blogger declines your review request and doesn’t want you on their blog. I was very honored to be quoted by Drew! And this conversation certainly got me thinking...

So I started taking screenshots! One request had been lingering on Goodreads, while the other two arrived in my inbox shortly after Drew's post went live.

Note: In this post, I have blacked out some of the information in order to give the individuals privacy.

This post should be read with a particular level of humor :) Please enjoy these honest review requests gone wrong!

Let's dive in!

Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong


"You won't be disappointed" 

Incorrect. I am disappointed by your process here...

I've made it pretty well known that I don't accept honest review requests through any platform other than the form on my blog. I will not accept a request through Goodreads, especially when it's the message attached to a friend request. First of all, if I don't know you, I will not accept your friend request. Period. That's why I only have 54 friends on this platform. 

And second, to come right out and make that request? That's an instant no from me. Why? Because the link to my blog is right there on my Goodreads profile. If you didn't click over to view my blog, I highly doubt you even read my profile. You probably went to my profile and scrolled immediately to find that "Add Friend" button with the goal to immediately make your pitch...  


"Could this save you time & aggravation?"

First of all, what is with that subject line? That was almost an instant delete from me because I assumed it was spam. If you're requesting an honest review through email, make sure to put that in the subject line! 

And yes, sender, you are correct in the fact that I am inundated with emails. Most of the time, I don't mind it! I love chatting with people, even if I have to decline a request or guide them to my blog for more information before making their pitch. 

However, this is clearly another case where the sender didn't do their research and is just sending out automated emails. There isn't even a greeting at the beginning; no "Hello" or anything! 

The lack of politeness is what made me delete this one without a response. 




"I'll be waiting for your response!" 

This one almost made it! It had my name spelled correctly at the top (which is always a bonus, it's amazing how many times people get it wrong), the tone of the email was friendly, the pitch was decent... 

However, there was no "Hello," and it was clear that this person didn't actually read my Honest Review Requests page on my blog. If they had, they would have filled out my form rather than emailing! They also would have noticed that I am not currently accepting honest reviews (which they should have addressed before their pitch to start out on the right foot here!).

And yikes. "I'll be waiting for your response!" Is that a common sign-off? That made me instantly not want to respond at all! Of course I did end up sending an email back declining... but if you make use of this sentence, I highly recommend rephrasing. Also "Nice meeting you!"... If we haven't actually met, don't use this phrasing. 


Thanks for reading!
I know, I know... I should be thankful that I am even getting these offers. But I take my blog pretty seriously and it's very clear when someone approaching me hasn't actually checked out my blog. If they haven't taken the time to do their research, they probably aren't the type of person that I'd like to work with.

Do you have an example of an honest review request gone wrong? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!

To read more, check out Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong, Part 2

46 comments:

  1. I don't think that you or we in general should be happy to receive all requests, not all of the time anyway as really, who wants to receive a generic mass email contact that the author has sent to many others at the same time. No need to be happy over that, it's junk mail.

    However, getting a request that has your name and is personal to you, yeah, happy for that but even with those additional extras if you are closed to requests, you are closed to requests and they've still ignored that.

    I honestly feel that whilst many bloggers have no issue with the generic stuff, lots do, my post showed that and for me, that shows that while time is very much a factor (it is for authors, bloggers, everyone) that a little extra thought in the original contact would often yield better rewards.

    Hey, at least you've never had a contact that wanted you to reveal the book cover.......for a book that had been released months before.😱😂

    You do have to smile and laugh at some of them though, even if we shouldn't. They are writers and yet some of their contact is often rather dodgy.😂

    Whoop, aggravation, interesting word to use in an email for books. Lol, I haven't had the exact same as you but I've had a few that have ended their email with looking forward to hearing back from you, etc.😂

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    1. It's such a mess! haha Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

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  2. I had an author contact me on Twitter, not even in my DM's asking if I would review their book after they had come across my blog. It clearly states on my blog that I'm not accepting review requests. I've gotten one on Goodreads, and then another author just sent me the link to there book on Twitter with no context at all.

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  3. I don’t get too many review requests but I’ve never got these kind. Mine are usually very nice and personable. People are too funny.

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    1. That's great to hear!! :-D I love when people are personable!

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  4. The only bad review requests I've had are the kind where they give a really terrible synopsis that's littered with spelling and grammar errors. It really puts me off and I have to respectfully decline.

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  5. Oh gosh! People really do need to read blogs more often, and personalize the email. You aren't likely to get people rushing to help you if it just feels like a really generic email. Thanks for sharing! :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Right?! haha Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Ha, these are kind of funny! I don't get many review requests at all, but every once in awhile I do, and it kills me when they say that I may like their book based on other books I've reviewed... and their book is a genre I've never even talked about on my blog.

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  7. I also got that time and aggravation one and pretty much immediately dismissed it. They're acting like they're the first ones to come up with this brilliant idea lol. And yes, I hate when people say, "I'll be waiting for your response!" or something along those lines because I literally have it in my review policy page that I don't respond to requests unless I'm interested. (I know it's tough to get no response, but I got tennis elbow and eye strain and just can't respond to every email!)

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    1. Ha!! That's too funny! And hey, you have a process, if they don't follow it they don't deserve a response! :)

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  8. OMG I got the "time and aggravation" email on Friday! LOL!

    I haven't received that many review requests, but I can tell that most of them have not read the review policy because I have a submission form...ugh! Sometimes I overlook their faux pas if I'm interested in the book or working with the author, but that hasn't happened too often.

    Katisha @ Reel Literature

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    1. HA! It's just making it's rounds!! Oye. And same here, there are VERY rare cases where I will accept the book without the person going through my form.

      Of course, if it's an author or publisher that I've already made a connection with, I'll accept email request from them. But that's a totally different situation :)

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  9. Ha! I think I got that time and aggravation one too. 😂😂😂

    I think I got one on LinkedIn the other day as well... With a connection request as well! 😂😂😂

    Anyways, these days I don't bother responding... Especially after that one incident a few years ago. I'm scared of declining politely now. 😞

    Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

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    1. Oye! haha Oh my goodness, I haven't gotten one on LinkedIn yet... Sorry to hear you had a bad experience :(

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  10. This is so relatable. I feel like not answering at all when I receive a message that not even starts with "Hello Esther" or a message that starts with "Hello Bloggers".

    I try to be so kind but that really works on my nerves.

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    1. Right?! It's so easy to do just a little bit of research and find names!

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  11. Ah this is such an awesome idea for a post! But ugh - I totally relate to you getting these kinds of requests. People can be so rude and pushy and thoughtless. It makes me so angry.

    And OH MY WORD for request #2: I got EXACTLY the same email just the other day! Goes to show just how automated they are. I totally ignored the email ;)

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    1. You should totally collect examples and post something similar!! :) I've love to see it! And oh my gosh, right?! Ugh. I wonder how we ended up on that email list!!

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  12. I hate getting requests like this, especially when it's clear that they took no time at all to see if I'm accepting reviews and what kind of books I like to review. I get requests for Horror and Romance all the time even though my blog clearly states that I don't usually read those genres. I've also gotten reviews that are addressed to someone else entirely, like it was clear they were just copying and pasting and forgot to change the name, lol.

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    1. Right?! Oh no.... that's never good haha

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  13. So true. I'm the same way on Goodreads- if I don't know the person or if they don't seem to be a blogger, I'm a little leery of accepting a random friend request? And to get a friend request with an IMMEDIATE review request??? Wow. Seems tacky. Not to mention like you said- not bothering to read profile!

    "I'll be waiting for your response" would irritate me too. :)

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    1. I've gotten a few on Goodreads right after a friend request...

      "I'll be waiting for your response!" Ha! Are you kidding? 😁

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  14. I'll confess that I don't respond to every review request. Lately, I've even missed responding to a few publisher requests! (Which is NOT good, but I've gotten overwhelmed.) I applaud you for taking the time to talk to a lot of these people.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It's getting tiring, that's for sure! I think I may have to start deleting more of these types when they come in so I can focus more on the ones I actually want to engage with.

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  15. omg someone reached out via goodreads? They also requested that you just buy the book and review it? Sure. That's how all of this works. Anyone who doesn't take the time to read my review policy is an instant no from me, and that's about 100% of the emails I get. A lot of them find me through my amazon reviews which is annoying.

    I LOVE this post Erica, super fun. And hopefully helpful for some authors out there.

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    1. Oh, that's bizarre! I haven't gotten any through Amazon yet. *knocks on wood*

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  16. I sometimes get people who ask me for reviews through google plus or goodreads or different ways... some authors really get it but others really don't. Policies are there to help pair bloggers and authors better, so they have to be read!

    My recent post: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/03/private-reserve-book-review/

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    1. Right?! It's amazing how many times the policies are totally missed.

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  17. Oh boy, you started with the kind that annoys me the most: the review request disguised as a GoodReads friend request. Gah! As soon as I click the name to learn more about the person (like I’m really just going to blindly accept a friend request BAHAHA!) and I see it’s an author... nope. I click Ignore and carry on with my life. So annoying.

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  18. I've gotten a few like that on Goodreads too... Ha! "I'll be waiting for your response!"? Are you kidding? :D

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  19. Oh man, the review requests smuggled into a friend request on Goodreads are just an insta-block from me. Or the those authors who have never interacted before and suddenly send you a friend request hoping you'll accept and then read their book. No ta.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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  20. My favorite request fails are the ones that start and end like a newsletter with just synopsis and the links and only the subject says 'review opportunity'. Otherwise I wouldn't even know what the mail was about.

    Somehow I don't get any Goodreads, so no problem there.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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  21. The worst fail from that ARC distributor is the complete lack of inforation about the current authors and publishers they already had on board. I'd want to know exactly which authors and if those authors had previously written highly rated books. Plus I keep a whitelist and blacklist of small press publishers, so I know which ones are happy to release badly formatted, poorly edited books into the wild.

    I have one to add - if you want someone to read your book, don't bash a fellow bloggers review when you message me. Basically a fellow blogger posted in their review on Goodreads that suspiciously, a lot of 5 star reviews had appeared on a particular book, all at once, from new accounts. I replied stating that I don't read books who rig the ratings that way and the author's husband messaged me an EIGHT PARAGRAPH explanation on top of basically asking me to review the book - except the majority of it was quite aggressive and this stuck with me:

    "In regards to [REDACTED BECAUSE REASONS] rating, that is her opinion and we know that not everyone will like the book, and that is ok - we don’t like every book we read. I personally don’t think that she gave the book a fair chance by reading far enough to see how the characters develop, nor gave reasons for why she felt the way she did: this is because she posted her review when it had only been on NetGalley no more than a day.

    Ew.

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

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    1. Oh my gosh! I totally need to start a list like that!

      What a mess!! I HATE when people do that! I've gotten a handful of those as well. I wish I had gotten a screenshot of them!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Oh yes. My blog currently says that we are NOT accepting reviews at this time. However, they keep coming. Not as many, but still coming. How hard is it to check before you email?

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

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    1. Same here!! I get so many emails and even some form submissions even though it says in highlighted text that I'm not accepting any new requests!

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