Thank God for book bloggers, and additional thanks for bloggers who can and do accept book review requests from authors. Readers and authors all over appreciate you and your efforts!
Of course, book bloggers have lives outside of reading and blogging, and sometimes even bloggers who wish they could accept more requests have to take breaks.
Now, I’m sure I’m not the only author around who carefully reads bloggers’ review policies before sending requests. Bloggers who have too much on their plates can cut down on emails or submissions from authors like me by a simple edit to their review policy pages: adding a statement saying that they are not currently taking review requests. Many bloggers do it, and I think more bloggers should.
I’m not an expert on blogging platforms, but from my experience on WordPress, I know it takes just a couple minutes to make a quick edit on a page at my site. It’s also possible to hide forms on some pages. Bloggers who take requests through submission forms may be able to hide the forms while submissions are closed, saying something on the page like, “If the submission form does not appear below, I am not currently taking requests.” The form can be made visible again when submissions reopen.
This may not seem like a huge time saver if you’re a blogger who doesn’t yet receive many review requests, but managing the amount of emails coming to your inbox will become more important as you post more reviews, your blog readership increases, and more authors begin to find you.
Also, as a help to authors, bloggers should indicate their closed submissions at the top of their review policy pages, as opposed to at the end or in the middle somewhere.
An author–especially a new one or one who’s trying to build a list of reviewers for the first time–will likely need to make, or may have already made, requests to (literally) hundreds of different bloggers for a single book. Such a search takes months, a great amount of hours, and a measure of mental and visual fatigue can set in. It eats into an author’s time to read through a policy, especially one on the lengthier side, just to find a little note at the bottom saying that that particular blogger isn’t accepting any requests.
I’m not sure what to say about authors who skip or disregard review policies before sending requests to bloggers (besides saying that their doing so is a bad idea!) But for authors and bloggers who respect each other’s time, this tip can save some for all of us.