Showing posts with label business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label business. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

7 Reasons Why I Declined Your Review Inquiry


I'm flattered every time I get an inquiry by a fellow blogger, publisher, or author. Most of these are lovely and the people actually put a lot of effort in it. 

Sadly, there are still some black sheep in my inbox.

1. You didn't read the review policy
Do you really think I can't tell? It's there for a reason. We bloggers make the effort to write them because they actually serve a purpose!
Do you think I bothered to type up an 800 word policy just for jokes?

2. You ignored my review policy
Yeah, I said I'm not open to the genre X or physical books/ebooks/pdfs. Still you decided to take the plunge. You know how that makes me feel? Like you haven't read my policy. Why should I read your book if you can't even be bothered to read my policy?

3. You're disrespectful
Just because I'm a blogger, it doesn't mean that this isn't a virtual contract. If we're collaborating, we become business partners. Yeah, you don't have to be arch-conservative, you can use smileys and call me by my first name, but don't be rude.

If I decline your offer and you keep sending me emails trying to persuade me, you aren't really helping the cause. You certainly won't be able to convince me by re-sending your review request ten times.

4. I don't like the book
This isn't something personal, I just didn't think that the book fits into my blog concept.
I actually did you a favor by saying that right now instead of just waiting for you to send the book and post a terrible review of it afterwards.

As an experienced blogger I can tell when I'm going to absolutely hate a book and before I shame your hard work publicly, I'd rather say no. It's called politeness.

5. I don't have time
Sadly, I'm not a full-time blogger. I don't get paid for this. I don't have the time to read and review every single book that is offered to me. It has nothing to do with your work.

6. I don't think the book fits into my blog
I don't review this genre on my blog, regardless of personal taste. Yeah, you might argue that you've seen me say that I like that genre, but this doesn't automatically mean that I think it's suitable for my blog. I write reviews for my readers.

7. It's a mass mail.
You really think we can't tell? I can absolutely tell if you just sent me the same copy and paste mail that you sent to 2389289 other bloggers. Please, just don't.
It's spam, and it's annoying, and I will report it. I get that you're just seeking promotion, but please, not like this.


What are your review inquiry pet peeves?


For more posts about review copies, check out my original posts section!

If you struggle with declining review requests, I talked about how to do this politely here.
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Book Blogging Etiquette: Making Business Connections and Talking To Industry Professionals




Communication is key when dealing with inquiries by authors, publishers, and publicists. It's very important to always stay professional when dealing with business contacts.


#1: The Encounter: Be Professional

When you meet a new business contact, it's important not to be casual. We may be bloggers, but you really have to watch you language. Always be respectful and don't make immoral offers.
Don't reach out to people that you aren't intending to work with, and decline every offer that you have no plans to purse. 


#2: Don't Rip Off & Don't Get Ripped Off 

The best tip I can give you, is to be honest when something doesn't work for you. It's not a big deal to decline and say no - everyone will appreciate it if you say no before it all gets rolling instead of backing out last minute. 

Don't be afraid to negiotiate - but don't be unrealistic. Nobody owes you anything. It's a privilege to receive review copies and the like, and you don't want to push your luck. Never ever ask for gift cards or money compensation

Never ever let someone exploit you and accept a ridiculous offer of promotion. I have encountered business contacts who just thought that it's an honor for us bloggers to be able to work with them. I was asked for regular promos for free, ad space etc. in exchange for a single review copy, which I also had to review, of course. 

While you shouldn't ask for too much, you should never sell yourself below worth. You have to find a middle way of things you're comfortable doing, After all, book blogging is business. 

That's why it's important to negotiate a middle way. Don't rip other people off, and don't let yourself get ripped off.

#3: What If the Deal Goes Wrong?

So you've found a business partner and you're happy to work with them. You've exchanged whatever you've agreed upon - but oh shock - your business partner isn't doing what they promised you to do. 

The bad example of the bakery and the food blogger (here) shows us exactly what not to do. Putting your business partner on blast online is one of the most unprofessional, childish, and unreasonable things you can do. If you're looking to ruin your reputation - go for it. 

But in all seriousness, you're doing business online. If the opposite party isn't keeping up their part of the promise, confront them maturely. If they don't react - move on. Your experiences are confidential. If you decide to blog about it, make sure to NEVER mention names and make it as anonymous as possible. 


The most important thing is to be mature. If you encounter problems, voice them to the person you're negotiating with.

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