Just a feature on my blog where I get to talk random. It’s still about books and blogging.
Here are my reasons:
- Cockiness with a touch of bragging
- Attaching a file immediately
- Tweeting me for a review
- Copy and paste messages
- Authors who do not read my policy
- Misspelling my name
Personalisation- Some people like to type “Hi awesome blogger, Hey you, Sup! Good day.” Sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but that doesn’t work for me. You have to type out my name like Dear Chyna…I hate to say it, but the reason you won’t be getting any reviewers to review your book is because of the lack of effort and initiative. You’ll get a few reviewers, but most of them would be the newbies. I’m admitting that when I was still new to blogging, I’ve accepted every review request I’ve received, but after learning more about the blogosphere after some time…I soon realised what I was doing wrong. Always put an effort when inquiring, guys.
Cockiness with a touch of bragging- You don’t get to tell me what I’ll like or love. Some authors tell me that “You’ll love my book because this other girl loves it too.” or “I’ve been receiving good reviews lately so can you review my book? I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.” Don’t kid yourself. Let us not forget the text “I am the best-selling author of (The-book-I-Never-Heard-Off)” Ayah-yay…
Attaching an immediate file- There are 2 possible reasons why they do this. One they don’t like responding to emails so they just contact you once and wait for your review so that their sales will abruptly rise. Second is that they are confident that’ll you will accept the review request and won’t pirate. Okay, listen up. I don’t torrent these books, but I cannot guarantee the safety of the file, there are hackers around. For your own good, do not attach a file without me accepting the request. Plus I get annoyed with authors who are too excited and confident.
Tweeting me for a review-This just happened to me, another cocky author suddenly tweeted to me saying “DM me your mailing address and I’ll send you a copy of my book.” Uh…hell to the no. *glares at the man* Do I need to broaden why I hate it when they inquire using twitter? Uhh…twitter has a limit of 140 characters or so. I assure you that you won’t be getting any publicity from me if you just suddenly tweet to me asking for a review. And also, that tweet is uncouth, it sounded very demanding.
Copy and paste messages- You’ll know it if the message is copied and pasted. There’s going to be that impassiveness in the email and you’ll notice the tiny details the writer got wrong like complementing how pink your blog is when your blog is dark blue. This infuriates me…
Authors who do not read my policy- There’s a policy for a reason, I don’t want to receive multiple emails from writers demanding a review when I don’t even read that genre. You’d only be wasting your time. Whenever I get emails like that I end up treating it like spam, but once my irritations breaks the dam, I will explode. I understand that you don’t care that you won’t even meet me face to face, but respect is a must when it comes to the internet. Treat my policy with utmost eminence.
Misspelling my name- Is my name that hard to type? It’s 5 freaking letters, it takes you half a second just to type it down. I’ve had an experience with this problem already. An author called my Jennifer. WHAT?! I am no Jennifer! Do I look like a Jennifer? (Early apology to all the Jennifers if your are offended.)
That’s the end of my rant. What about you?