I’ve been getting a load of book review requests recently, until I temporarily closed requests (I always feel bad turning down authors, even when I’m not interested in their work). I thought I’d put together a guide for what to do, and more specifically what not to do, when approaching me for a book review.
It’s important to state this isn’t in response to any specific author – just a general guide for how to go about contacting me, and this may apply to other book reviewers too.
- Most importantly, DO respect I review books as a hobby, not a job – I’ll try my best to be efficient and keep everyone happy, but unfortunately I’m not Superwoman. College and other commitments need to take priority!
- DO keep your review request as short and precise as possible.
- DO provide me with the information marked required.
- DON’T state your awards, reputation or reviews – I’m not interested in what other people have to say about your book. I will do my own research into your novel prior to accepting, but most of all I will judge the book based on its synopsis.
- DON’T send me chapter, snippets, documents or even the whole book until I accept your request. If I have too many things to read, or I’m not interested, an unsolicited sneak preview won’t convince me otherwise.
- DO feel confident I will review your novel confidently with a firm but fair approach.
- DO send me your social media information IF I AGREE to review your novel.
Fellow reviewers – do you agree with what I’ve mentioned? Would you add anything? Disagree with anything? Let me know in the comments!
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