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Thoughts #39: Review Requests Are OPEN!

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For almost the entirety of this blog’s existence, my review policy has claimed that review requests are currently CLOSED. However, that has not stopped requests from coming in. In fact, if I remember correctly I actually switched it to closed in the first place because I was getting loads of requests for books I had absolutely NO interest in. It was obvious that no-one was reading my review policy. After a while this slowed down, and whilst I still get a couple of requests a month, it’s nowhere near the amount it was before. Here’s what it used to say:

Review Policy

I have now adjusted it so it reads the following:

Review requests are currently OPEN, however I will not accept every submission.

I have also changed the genres I am interested in to reflect what I actually want to read at the moment. I also took into account the types of requests I previously received. Whilst I am interested in reading SOME paranormal novels, that’s a genre I’m quite picky with. Many of the requests I received before were the kind of paranormal novels I DON’T want to read – paranormal romance with vampires and werewolves, so I have removed that as a genre completely.

So why have I decided to re-open review requests?
  • My Netgalley ratio has improved drastically, so my backlog of books to review is much smaller than before.
  • I don’t like the idea of missing out on a really fantastic book just because someone saw that requests were closed!
  • My original reason for closing review requests was because I received many I just wasn’t interested in. However, now I feel I can turn away those I do not want to read without feeling guilty. When I first started blogging I wanted to please everyone, and didn’t even really think of doing a negative review – let alone one of a book that the author had sent me directly. Now I’ve gained more confidence in expressing my opinion, positive or negative.

In the day between changing my review policy and writing this post, I already received a review request, and did not feel bad for turning it down. From now on, review requests will remain open!

Do you accept books for review from authors and publishers, or would you rather hunt them out yourself? Do you have a very detailed review policy?

7 thoughts on “Thoughts #39: Review Requests Are OPEN!”

  1. I did the same thing when I started, I was afraid to say no to anyone but all I read for the first year (mostly) were crappy self published books. A couple of good ones, but mostly…Now my policy is very firm. I just don’t read self published at all. I mostly request books I’m interested in, and even then,indie authors continue to email me. I just politely tell them no, but at the same time I’m thinking, “Why didn’t you read my review policy??”

    1. Yes, I wanted to accept all and any book, but that didn’t quite work out how I’d planned. It was a bit of a painful experience in some ways…

      Although I have to say, I’m not sure how to say no now – if it’s something of a genre I do read, but that particular book doesn’t appeal to me, I feel kind of mean saying no. Just need to get tougher 😉

  2. I’ve never had my requests closed for just that reason, I don’t want to miss out! I have no problem ignoring request emails that clearly didn’t read my policy or saying no if I’m just not interested in so I’ve never felt the need to close ha. I’m glad you’ve gotten to the point you’re ready for requests, I feel like I discover so much from publicist pitch emails!

    1. To be honest, I still got a lot of emails from the larger publishers – the policy mostly applied to requests from authors rather than publishers. It just seemed fairer to open it to all 🙂

  3. Do you mostly get requests that seem like copypasta or do authors of self-published books tell you why they think *you* will enjoy their book?

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