Showing posts with label bbt #14. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bbt #14. Show all posts

Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Decline an Inquiry by an Author or Publisher Politely | Book Blogging Tips (#14)

As your blog grows, you'll suddenly notice that people will get interested in collaborating with you.

You've got your fair share of readers, you've got a decent review policy, you've actually got time to read, but still you're not feeling like reading the book that a polite indie publisher pitched you in their email to you.

So how do you say no without hurting their feelings or being rude? Me to the rescue.

We all know that there's a lot of work involved in the process of writing a book. Writing is hard, exhausting and most hard-working authors never get the recognition they deserve, despite being excellent writers.

As bloggers, we are one of the easiest ways for authors and publishers to get the word out about their novels. Especially indie publishers and self-published authors will very quickly reach out to you and ask you for a collaboration.


Before Replying:

Do You Have A Review Policy?
This is essential.
You can't run a book blog without a review policy. Click here for an entire post about how to write a review policy.

Has the inquirer read your policy?

There's an easy way to find out. As long as you stated the basics in your policy, you should in theory only get inquiries for books that are at least in the right genre. 



TIPS:
  • always be honest
  • ALWAYS reply
  • Not replying doesn't equal declining. It equals ignorance and impoliteness. Nobody likes impolite people.


1. CASE A.1: Wrong genre + They haven't read your policy
  1. You get an inquiry for a novel that's not even remotely in your field of interest. 
  2. You stated in your review policy that you do not accept books of that genre.
  3. You don't want to read the novel.
SOLUTION:  
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]". 

As stated in my review policy I currently do not accept novels of this genre.   

Sincerely,
[Your Name and Blog URL]"

2. CASE A.2: Wrong genre + You don't have a policy/ Genre isn't listed 
  1. You get an inquiry for a novel that's not even remotely in your field of interest.
  2. You don't have a review policy or you didn't state in your policy that you aren't interested in that genre.
  3. You don't want to read the novel.
SOLUTION:
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]".

I'm sorry to inform you that I'm currently not interested in reading novels of that genre. 

Sincerely,
[Your Name and Blog URL]"
3. CASE B.1: Right Genre + Not interested
  1. You get an inquiry for a novel that can be listed under the genres that you like to read.
  2. The synopsis doesn't get you hooked, actually, nothing about the novel gets you hooked
  3. You simply aren't interested.
SOLUTION:
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]".

I'm afraid that your novel doesn't match my interests.

Sincerely, 
[Your Name and Blog URL]"
4. CASE B.2: Right Genre + Interested + Don't Have Time
  1. You get inquiry for a novel that you're absolutely interested in. 
  2. You don't have the time to read the novel right now.
  3. (B.2a You're interested in reading the novel in the future.)
SOLUTION:
"Dear [Name],

thank you for the proposal of your novel "[novel title]". 

I'm very intrigued by [the pitch / the synopsis / the cover / the premise]. I'm afraid that I'm currently unable to accept any more review copies. 

[if B.2a: I'd still be interested in reading your novel in the future. I will make sure to contact you as soon as I am able to accept review copies again.]

Sincerely,
[Your Name and Blog URL]"


You may use my solutions in your future replies, but be careful not to copy them 1:1

It won't be flattering if the person who sent you an email stumbles upon this blog post. ;)



Did I miss any cases? Was this helpful to you?




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