When I get a review request I usually just ignore it, or like Broken Matt Hardy I delete, delete, delete.
Some of you I know do the same and some will think that it’s rude and they will reply to each and every request from any author. That’s all good, it’s your own choice, neither is right or wrong. Though I will say that when I started blogging I’d reply to every email and request but when I closed my blog to review requests and yet still continued to receive them I decided to stop replying. After annoying request 2,878,856 (an exaggeration but you get my drift) that ignores that you are closed somewhere along the way you just lose the will to reply, so I don’t.
Now, some authors might genuinely not see that you are closed, it happens but nah, some see it and just choose to ignore it as they think bloggers are a free publicity service for them and should bend over backwards to accommodate them and their book.
My own review policy has a graphic, it’s a black rectangle with red writing that says ‘closed to review requests‘. It’s below this paragraph and I’m sure you can all see it?! Please tell me you can and that it does say ‘closed to review requests‘ and that I’m not going crazy or at least crazier!😂
My point is, I have a graphic that makes it easy to see I’m not accepting review requests so whereas some bloggers might just mention it within their policy and it could be unseen. My graphic is pretty damn clear and so, when I do get a request it’s obvious to me that they saw the graphic and what it says and just decided to ignore it! They must think I am a slave to do their bidding and that the sole purpose of my blog is free publicity for them! It’s not!
Sadly, there seems to be a growing number of authors who pull you up and accuse you of discriminating against them for being Indie. Likewise, there are those who have started pulling bloggers up on genre discrimination just because we don’t read certain genres! I know!😠
The thing is, there are loads of bloggers out there who are open to review requests and would love to read the books offered, all it takes is a little more effort on the part of the author to find them and not alienate those who are closed by contacting them. If you want to promote your book, review requests to bloggers who are open and content requests to bloggers who are closed, simples.
OK, onto Authorgate. As I mentioned I ignore review requests and I ignored this one for a few days. Then, I saw that the author appeared on a blog that I follow with content! Yes, content! I, a blogger who is closed to requests got a review request but another blogger (who I admittedly don’t know if they are open or closed) had content.
Uncool. Of course, the blogger might have suggested content in place of a review but that’s not my job when you choose to ignore I’m closed as you should be offering me content and not a request in the first place, can you dig it sucka!
Anyhow, I thought that the book sounded pretty cool and I decided that I’d reply to the author’s review request and offer them content. You can see my reply to their initial request and their response below.
I don’t think that I wrote anything wrong?!
Well, I got a reply saying that they’d do a guest post and that I could use the same book excerpt as the other blogger. THE SAME DAMN EXCERPT! Uncool! People don’t reuse content, we want fresh and new content for our blogs. OK, if the excerpt had been used on a blog 6 months ago then sure, OK, it was a long time ago but to offer and expect me to post the exact same excerpt as another blogger a week later, oh hell no!
So, that annoyed me no end! I was fuming about being offered the same content and some people agreed with me that it was wrong. I don’t need the justification but it was nice to know that people had the same opinion as me.
I replied to the author as you will see below and I decided to pull them up on asking a blogger who is closed to review requests for a review. I only did this due to being annoyed over being offered sloppy seconds. If the author had offered me a different excerpt then it would have been all good, all good! Alas, it wasn’t and along with pulling them up on the request I also pulled them up on offering the same content to various bloggers.
See, I didn’t swear, I was polite, well, at least for me.😂 Yeah, I could have been less terse and worded my reply better but it is what it is and no, I didn’t reply to that email, there was no point.
I think unfortunately, some people just spit their dummy (pacifier for you Americans) out and act like babies.
Now folks, the answer to the author’s question of ‘who the hell do you think you are‘ is quite simple really and I’ll lay it out real easy for y’all, it’s a secret though so please don’t tell….
Nah, I’m a lowly book blogger who merely pulled up a mighty and benevolent author on asking for reviews when it clearly states that I’m closed to requests and I also pulled them up on offering me second-hand content, which I think is fair, I’m sorry, I don’t want second-hand content on my blog, uncool and I believe my blog deserves better! I wouldn’t use second-hand toilet paper so why would I want a second-hand excerpt?!
So, who I am is also this, I’m someone who stood up for themselves and called an author out and their response quite frankly tells you all you need to know about them! It’s OK for them to ignore that a blogger is closed to requests and it’s OK for them to offer second-hand content but it’s not OK for them to be pulled up on it.
I’m a decent blogger with decent stats. I might think my reviews and my blog suck but I’m allowed to, I lack confidence and if I’m only worthy of sloppy seconds then maybe I need to reconsider this whole blogging malarkey!
Yeah, finally, I’m a book blogger, I’m Drew, I’m a cunt, I have a bad attitude and I say it how it is, I’m a nobody but I have a voice which makes me a somebody!
Perhaps the question though isn’t ‘who the hell am I‘ but ‘who the hell are you‘ and I’ll tell you, you are an author who thinks that they are better than bloggers and I’ll also offer you this pearl of wisdom, you can’t treat us like shit! What gives you the right to pull me up on what I wrote when you ignored that I was closed to requests, how do you justify that?!?! Hhhhmmm, while I am firmly against bloggers charging for reviews (you all know my opinion on that) if you are that desperate for a review for your book then perhaps you should call on one of those book hookers and knock them up! 🙂
Oh and FYI to the author on their ‘good luck working with other writers‘. After what they wrote previously I doubt that they meant it sincerely but if they did then, thank you, I appreciate it, truly I do, your sentiments mean the world to me!
If however, they weren’t being sincere then you know what, fffffuuuuuccccckkkkk yyyyyoooouuuuu! And, I will have good luck working with other authors, because I know that I am a decent blogger to work with and that EVERY author I’ve worked with so far will agree with me on that score!!!👌
Do I regret pulling the author up, no, not a chance. If pushed I’d even say I regret not being foul-mouthed and sarcastic (like normal) but I kept it professional and tried to offer a modicum of decency in my reply.
Will my blog die because some no-name author now isn’t going to appear on it, maybe, maybe not? Who knows! The universe works in mysterious ways! Who cares! Who gives a fuck! Ranting is cathartic but seriously, I could give a rats ass and you know what, some people just need to be told the truth!
I told the author the truth, it is annoying when you are closed to requests and yet continue to get them and it is also wrong to offer reused content to blogs! Have I fallen that low that I need content that has been on another bloggers blog already?!?! Really! Who wants the same content as others and a book excerpt too! I’m pretty sure that the book has more than one possible excerpt in it! If not it makes you question if the book is even any good if the author can only find one decent excerpt out the entire fucking book!
If any authors are reading this who do continually ignore when it states that blogs and bloggers are closed to review requests then could you please answer me this, why do you do it?!? What right do you have?!? You do realise that there are reasons why we are closed and irrelevant of what those reasons are, they should be and need to be respected by you.
Whatever the reason we are closed to requests, respect it, we don’t need to explain why or justify ourselves to you. But think on this, some bloggers suffer with illnesses, perhaps, just perhaps they are closed to requests due to that illness and them being unwell. Well then, answer me this Holmes, how can you justify asking a blogger for a review then?! You are putting your book above the bloggers health! I mean, seriously, ‘who the hell do you think you are‘. Oh look, I used the sentence from the author who I had an issue with ‘who the hell do you think you are‘ when someone annoys me and I can’t pull out the ‘you’ve offended me bullshit’ I now have a new phrase ‘who the hell do you think you are‘ brilliant!😂
Arsehole authors! You do realise that there is no legal requirement for a book blogger to have you on their blog?! There’s no rules, laws or regulations that state we have to help indie authors out! There’s plenty of blogs out there that never have indie authors on them and those blogs do just fine. Those of us that do help you out (as let’s be honest, that’s what it is, we are helping you out. It’s very doubtful that a guest post, excerpt or interview from you is going to propel our blog to superstardom and mega stats, our notifications won’t explode or page views skyrocket due to you. Now, GRRM, JK Rowling or Stephen King, sure, if we get them on our blog it’ll be hello awesome stats. You, unfortunately, not). Yet you ignore that we are closed to requests, you pull us up on not wanting to read your book, I mean, c’mon, if it’s not a genre we read then why would we even want to read it?! And I’ve even seen cases of authors badmouthing the reviews on blogs. Not that the review for their own book was negative, oh no, just that the blogger’s reviews don’t meet the author’s exceedingly high standards of how a review should be written!😠 Can you see the hypocrisy people?!?!? It’s OK for certain authors to say what they want but if a blogger stands there ground then it’s wrong!
We help you out, when you appear on our blogs you help us out too. It’s a mutually beneficial opportunity. You get some small promotion and so does our blog. But please realise, we are under NO obligation to have you on our blogs. We don’t even need a review policy or contact page for you to contact us!
Side-note: In the interest of fairness, if any authors read this and take offence then that’s fine. It’s your choice just like it’s my choice and my right to express my freedom of speech. I understand that as authors you have to show solidarity with each other and that’s all good, I genuinely respect that. However, I’m not an author, I’m a book blogger and as such, I show solidarity and stand-up for my fellow book bloggers.
The moral of the story folks, most authors are fantastic but some, and it’s only a minority but some think that bloggers are a service to be used and abused. Don’t let author’s walk over you and your blog they need to realise that there is a real person behind the blog and they need to respect us.
Authors, don’t be an arsehole be an ‘AA‘ an awesome author! 🙂
To all the great authors out there who are fantastic to work with, you rock! To all the book bloggers out there who give up their free time to do this, you rock! We are all awesome!
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