Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!
Review/Guest post requests: Do you have a review request policy? Has it changed over time? How do you handle requests that don’t meet your criteria?In the past, what types of "pitches" have caught your attention? Are there any (non-specific) examples of requests that are off-putting to you as a blogger?
When I first started blogging I accepted EVERYTHING I was offered by authors. And then one day I woke up and realised I'd completely over-committed myself to reading books that didn't even really appeal to me all that much. My review policy has changed several times over the six months I've been blogging - I now only accept my top genres, and even then I don't accept all of them.
I don't always reply to requests, which I know is incredibly rude, but I just don't have the time. I do TRY and reply as much as possible - and if I have to refuse a request, I just explain why the book doesn't appeal to me, thank them for taking the time to approach me, and if I can, point them in the direction of someone I know that may find the book more to their taste.
If a requester makes the effort to find out more about me personally, or my blog, I'm far more likely to consider their request. My About Me page is prominent - 30 seconds to do a bit of research will get you a long way :-). I hate generic pitches - at least take the time to find out my NAME (it's all over my blog!) and for the love of Pete, spell my name CORRECTLY! Another of my pet peeves are requests along the line of:
Dear Kat, I'd love you to read my book, The Greatest Book ever. Thanks, the Author.
Tell me about your book, why you think I'd love it, what you think about my blog, and leave me Amazon/Goodreads/your blog links. I like to do a bit of research before accepting your book, but I don't want to have to try and hunt it down on Amazon myself (I'm lazy, I admit it!). Be friendly, polite and understand that although I may love to read and review your book before the release date in two weeks, it's difficult for me to change my commitments both in and out of blog-land. I still have to pay my bills :-).