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No I Will NOT Review Your Book! And Here’s Why… #MPBooks

Today’s post is a bit of a rant…

When asking for reviews for their books from bloggers and other influencers, authors can make a whole host of mistakes.  While there’s plenty of ways to go about asking for reviews, authors often don’t realise that it’s not just their chances of a review that’s at stake.  The whole way an author acts from asking for the review to receiving it affects how future bloggers/influencers will react to them.  So if you’re an author, you’d better beware, and don’t make the mistakes that this author has…

As a long time reviewer I’ve been inundated with requests for reviews.  Most I’ve had to turn down, the reason usually being a lack of time or a lack of interest in the title on offer.  Despite my lack of time and interest though, I will usually check out a request.  If it’s for a book I really feel excited about, I may just squeeze it into my long list of books to be read-and-reviewed.  I do however have rules of etiquette when it comes to the way I’m asked for a review.  There are certain things I won’t accept anymore, and they are things that most reviewers won’t accept either.  But one author on Goodreads who contacted me recently thought that the ‘rules of engagement’ regarding reviewing could be waived.  To be fair, the author wasn’t overly nasty or overly stupid in the way they asked for a review.  But something they’ve done, perhaps they don’t even realise, has guaranteed I will never review for them.

Here are a list of mistakes the author made, some forgivable, one particular one, not…

Minor Mistakes Made:

Mistake 1 – Requesting friendship on Goodreads

There’s nothing wrong with requesting my friendship…But at least show a little interest in my Goodreads feed.  A quick check of the author shows they have hundreds of friends and few books but that’s not how Goodreads works, not for me.  My settings allow anyone to message me, friend or not, so I don’t see the point in being friends with someone who’s only obviously interested in my review of their work.

Mistake 2 – Requesting via me message/not looking at my blog

I clearly have a blog link on my Goodreads bio.  And it doesn’t take more than a minute to click on it, load my contact page and see that I like to be contacted via my blog.  The author messaged me on Goodreads instead and was only interested in an Amazon review, not a blog review which also suggests that my blog, in their eyes, is insignificant 😡

Major Mistake Made:

Mistake 3 – Sounding like an advert

Apart from addressing the start of the email to me (brownie points for that), the rest was a copy and pasted advert then synopsis of their book.  At the bottom was one line that stated I could get a free signed copy in exchange for an amazon review!  Whoopee!…Except for the fact that I didn’t know who they were and don’t really care if I get a signed copy of a book by an author I don’t know!


Killer Mistake Which Guarantees I Won’t Review:

Mistake 4 – Engaging with reviewers (post-review)

I’m a long standing amazon reviewer (technically a top reviewer but let’s not dwell on that 😛 ).  So when given a link to this author’s book I took a chance to check the book out, and more importantly check out the negative reviews.  Plenty of people do it (sorry authors) but I check the negative reviews for red flag items such as lots of criticisms of grammar/spelling issues.  I will never turn down a book based on bad reviews because people didn’t ‘get’ a book, or didn’t like a book, but if there’s a lot of damming evidence that the book’s basic English or formatting is broken, I’m not going to bother reading it.

So, checking on the negative reviews-there was only one (out of a total of just eleven reviews at the time).  I read it and it didn’t sound too bad.  Sure it was a negative review so it criticised the book but it wasn’t anything too nasty and I’ve seen a lot worse.  This review didn’t bother me.  It wouldn’t stop me reading/reviewing the book I was offered.  But then I noticed there was one comment on the review and guess who decided to comment?…The author!

To comment or not to comment?

Commenting on a review is a grey area, if someone has really torn apart a book in a malicious way then I’d see no problem in the author cautiously commenting to redeem themselves/the book.  But I’d always advise authors against commenting.  Especially not in the way the author did (excuse the bad language):

Well sod you (reviewers name)!  That’s the last time you get a free book from me…

No I won’t review your book!

Well if that’s how the author feels about one single negative review they can (input above insult) off!  A little research into this author and I found out that they’re now signed up to a well-known independent publisher, a publisher I see many of my fellow book bloggers review for.  It’s likely that many of those bloggers will review this author’s work and give them praise for their book.  Maybe the book is even good, possibly amazing!

But…I’m not interested in reviewing a book for someone who can’t take the slightest of criticisms.  Not everyone will like a book and given the fact I’m picky these days with many books I read I may well be someone who doesn’t like the book, but I’ll never know because I won’t review for an author who lacks the most basic of communication skills.

I don’t care how popular the author is, how popular their books are.  I don’t care if they’re the next big thing in the thriller genre.  By commenting on that review they’ve made their demeanour very clear to me…and if they really want some respect, give some to the people who review your books!

Author advice: If you are guilty of such a comment on Amazon:  DELETE IT!

Okay, I feel better now – Rant over 😛

Have you ever been approached by an author in this way?  Would you/have you review for them?  Are you an author guilty of behaving in this way?  Do you feel bad about your actions or feel they are justified?  What do you think of the above, please let me know any thoughts you have I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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23 thoughts on “No I Will NOT Review Your Book! And Here’s Why… #MPBooks

    • Thanks, I’m glad you agree it was rude. It’s not like I expect the author to be very grateful for the review, but they don’t have to be so rude to the reviewer…can’t imagine what the author would have done if the review had really been scathing or they’d gotten a lot of bad reviews 😮 😮

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  1. Great post! That kind of behaviour is… yikes. I’m still a new blogger so I’m more lenient when it comes to accepting self published books for review. Honestly, I’m really dreading the day I have to give a new author a negative review if they would act like that. Fortunately, the authors who have contacted me are professional so far.

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    • Thanks, I hope you never have to encounter such authors, plenty of people don’t. Just don’t be afraid of saying no to a book you’re offered if you don’t think you’d like it. And don’t ever be afraid of giving a bad review, the majority of authors (basically normal people) know and understand that not all readers will like their book 🙂 Hope you enjoy book blogging 🙂

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  2. Great post! That is such an important issue, I can’t believe authors do that? I see it all the time on Etsy where a customer leaves a negative review and the seller goes off on them. When really, all that does is show other potential buyers that the seller is someone to avoid.

    If an author really HAS to reply, a simple, polite, professional response would be better merely acknowledging that the person didn’t like it and then thanking them for taking the time to read as that would at least look better to other potential readers. (though, as you stated, no response is best).

    No one likes criticism, and authors are a sensitive bunch, but we need to take that upset at someone saying bad things about out book-babies and vent privately, not in public. It’s just so unprofessional.

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    • Thank you, I’m glad you agree. I do understand the author’s perspective, I’d hate anyone to say anything negative about anything I write, but there’s such a potential to lose the respect of your future readers and like with me, I now won’t review that author’s work because of what they said. The silly thing is that the author could at any moment delete the comment but they haven’t. At least most authors know when to be professional and just like in life, we’re not going to like all people, we’re not going to like all the same things, so we should be prepared for others to dislike what we write. Thank you for commenting and taking the time to read this, I really appreciate it 🙂

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  3. I am so happy to have discovered your blog site today. I love this. I am a newbie working on my first novel. I started a review blog a few years ago and it always amazed me how many authors emailed me to review their books without bothering to even look at my blog! That rude review on Amazon would not only kill any chance of a review from me but as a reader, I wouldn’t be interested, either. I am now following you and look forward to reading your blog. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for both the lovely comment and for following my blog 🙂 It seems that as soon as anyone is classed as a reviewer, no matter how new, some authors see that as an invite to ask for reviews, no matter whether we’re open to requests or even read the same genre, lol.

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  4. Wonderful post! I get some of these a lot, like people asking for a review through Goodreads. I’ve basically come to the realization that they don’t even look at my Goodreads profile. I think they just look at how many reviews I’ve done on Goodreads and how many followers I have. That’s it.

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    • That’s annoying, especially if you’re not happy to be contacted via Goodreads for reviews. You’re probably right, they might find reviewers on Goodreads when seeing us review a book or if you’re on one of the lists like top reviewers they might target you that way. The higher your stats the more popular you might be with one of these authors – Very annoying.
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂


      • That’s true, it doesn’t take much and they’re expecting so much more. I think there’s basically two types of authors out there, ones who get it and are nice and respectful when requesting reviews (I still like to think there’s more of this type of author out there although I’ve met quite a few!), and then there’s the others…

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  5. Great post, I don’t remember the last time I was contacted by an
    author through Goodreads, I suck at keeping mine up to date anyway but I don’t agree with it for Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter. We are bloggers, we have a blog, contact us through our blog, should be simple really!

    Commenting on reviews is a tough one, some authors don’t even read reviews and others do, some don’t comment and others choose too. I guess it depends on the person though if they are going to comment then maybe something along the line of ‘thank you for the feedback, sorry you didn’t enjoy the book I understand that not all readers can enjoy all books’especially if the review whilst negative wasn’t mean or horrible but to comment how the author did, no, they need to f#ck
    off and the sad thing is, not every reader will like every book, it is
    not possible and not every book ever released has been unanimously praised, again, it’s not possible and if an author can’t accept criticism or negative feedback then (yes, I’m aware it is
    disappointing for them but that is no excuse to act how some do) they shouldn’t be an author until they learn to deal with criticism as it is life, pretty sure they must have disliked something at some point.👍

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    • I couldn’t put it better myself 🙂 You’re absolutely right there, author’s shouldn’t release books until they can deal with that criticism. We all like different books and even some of the most praised and loved books out there have people who hated those books. It’s life, and all authors need to wake up to reality 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting

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  6. Oh wow. That free book in exchange for a review is really annoying. Especially when it’s a genre you’ve specified you won’t read. Aargh.

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