Blog Hop: Declining a Request

book blogger hopThis week’s Blog Hop question is: How do you turn down a review request?

I try to respond to emailed requests even if I’m declining.  I don’t always, if it’s an obvious mass-email, but if a publisher or author sends a direct email offering me a copy of their book for a review, I think it’s polite to respond.  Besides, even if I don’t want this one, I might want their next one, so I’d like to have them think of me positively!

It’s actually pretty easy to write a quick email, because I end up declining books for one of two reasons.  First, I don’t accept ebooks because I don’t have an ereader and can’t focus on a novel-length work on my laptop screen–so I can’t really give a fair review to that.  Second, books I decline are mostly pretty wildly outside the genres I read.  It’s not that hard to explain refusing a non-fiction memoir about war (for example) when my blog generally covers YA and fantasy…

I’m not sure there’s a lot of variation in how review requests can be refused, but anyone else have thoughts or tips? 🙂

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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7 Responses to Blog Hop: Declining a Request

  1. I am very similar to you Cheryl. If an author or publisher has taken the time to email me with a request I will take the time to reply too. I also mostly turn books down if they are genre I don’t usually read. One because I factor in my enjoyment but also because it wouldn’t necessarily be a fair review if its a genre I know little about.

  2. Grace says:

    I don’t respond unless I’m accepting the review. I feel bad about it, but I get a lot of requests, and if I responded personally to all of the ones I turned down, it would take a lot of time away from reading and participating in the blogging community.

  3. RAnn says:

    Carl, I’m, with you. Unless it is someone with whom I have a relationship, I don’t respond unless I want the book. I can’t imagine that I’m all that special to most authors/publishers/publicists and so I figure if I got the email so did hundreds of other folks and who wants to read hundreds of “no thanks” emails?

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I always answer whether it is yes or no. It is polite.

    Declining is tricky, but it can be done graciously as I have seen from many answers today including mine. 🙂

    Stop by for my full answer if you like.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  5. Vicki says:

    I do the same if it’s a book I don’t want to read and it’s sent to lots of bloggers and not just me.

  6. dianem57 says:

    I like what you said about keeping your options open with some publishers by writing a polite e-mail declining to review. If they later want to consider you again as a reviewer of a different book, it’s good that they have a favorable opinion of you. Always wise not to burn bridges!

  7. I used to be good about doing this but so often now they appear to be canned emails with just my name put in and I get so many that I’ve stopped responding. I figure the request was unsolicited so there is no etiquette that says I must respond to something I did not request. I do feel bad about it sometimes.

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