I’ve noticed a few trends among the indie and self-published authors who submit requests for review and I just wanted to address them here really quick.

I’ll respond to every review request I receive. I’m not going to pretend I’m so busy that I can’t respond and I don’t get nearly enough to have that kind of thinking (maybe a dozen a week, at most). I sit down every Sunday (usually) and respond to review requests that have piled up during the week. So if you don’t get a response from me, your or my email was lost in the void, or you addressed me as Bites. Or Lit Bites. Or Bites Blog. Or some other variation of my blog name. That’s not my goddamn name. My name is on my blog. All over my blog. If you can’t be bothered to find it, I can’t be bothered to do anything other than hit delete. I’ll take ‘To Whom It May Concern’ or ‘Dear Blogger’ or no salutation at all (although that kind of annoys me, but not enough to just hit delete). Just don’t call me by the name of my blog, for the love of god.

Another good way to not get a response out of me is to follow up my declination with a request for a reason why. I am absolutely NOT responding to any of those. Ever. Not only am I not obligated to justify my declination to you, I’m not putting myself in a situation where you’re going to think this is the time to convince me that I should read your book or for you to argue with me about why I should read it. No. Don’t ask. The stock answer is “any number of reasons.” Let’s just leave it at that.

And some ways to lessen your chances of a no?

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