Coffee Addicted Writer is having a year long blog hop with weekly book related prompts and I’m looking to take part in as many as possible
How do you handle unsolicited books that appear in your mailbox? Do you add them to your queue? Do you write to the sender and explain you didn’t ask for the book and are not sure when you will be able to read and review the book? Or do you simply not read the book at all?
I dont get unsolicited books in the post but I often get request for reviews and I handle each one separate.
- I got a fully formatted webpage submission on my “about” page once – via the comments. Author claimed he had read my review policy, but clearly hadn’t. From that I learnt I needed my review policy to be updated with a contact email address, and that submission via comments wouldn’t be accepted. The comment was then deleted and ignored.
- I’ve had email submission from someone who asked me to review their book, then gave me a link to the US Amazon site (which I cant download from). I replied – I hope politely – to point out that as I live outside the US, I cant download ebooks from their site. A week later, the author replied – to the email – asking for a free review pointing me back to the US store where I could buy the book at full price! No other links were provided. I didnt reply to that mail, as he’d shown himself quite incapable of understanding emails or how reviewers work with authors (if I’m to pay for the book, he’s to pay for the review…..). Review policy has also been updated to point out I cant download from non UK amazon sites
- I get random contacts via sites like goodreads asking for reviews, most I politely decline, partly because I dont have that much time, and partly because I dont like the sound of the book
- Sometimes I dont have time to review a book, but will offer to do an interview instead, with or without a giveaway. This helps both the author and myself out as it gives a little bit of exposure to us both