Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a “hop”. The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.
For this week’s question, Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews asks:
Do you overextend yourself with too many reviews because you can’t pass up a book in hopes you will get them all done or do you carefully plan and be sure you can fulfill the deadlines for all the promised reviews?
Oooooh yes. Now don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful that authors and publishers trust me and send me books for review! It can just be a bit overwhelming at times. Especially when my Honest Review Policy isn’t read before someone sends a request over.
There are also many times when I deny a request… For a lovely article that perfectly sums that topic up, check out Reasons why a blogger declines your review request and doesn’t want you on their blog by The Tattooed Book Geek.
When I first started blogging, I took on way too many honest reviews in just a short amount of time. This ended up putting me into a slump because I was rushing to read everything by the date I had set, and missing out on new releases that I wanted to also read.
Sticking to the dates I have given someone is SO important to me. I take this process very seriously and missing a deadline is really upsetting to me. There have been a couple instances where I had to write to a bunch of authors and publishers to let them know that I was in a slump and needed to move the date back. Luckily, they were all so understanding! But it still felt wrong.
Luckily, I have adjusted my process since I began to make sure it better fits my life-schedule. This has done wonders for my stress levels. I’m still tweaking my process and have a ways to go, but I’m definitely making progress!
I’m currently booked through the end of 2018. Once I get caught up, I would like to take a short break to catch up on my reading backlist and to adjust my process once more before I dive back in. 🙂
A few lessons I have learned from honest review requests:
- Using a Google Form for submissions and keeping track of everything in a spreadsheet is incredibly helpful.
- Accept 2-3 honest reviews per month max.
- Keep a zero tolerance policy for rudeness or pushiness.
- Don’t be afraid to DNF.
- Stay in touch.
Thanks for reading!
For related reading, check out Honest Review Requests Gone Wrong.