YES… Another review request etiquette discussion post!!! *sigh* How many will I be forced to post before I’m taken SERIOUSLY?! I mean REALLY!
Dear Reviewer, < — You have already been DELETED author.
** Title of Book**
(because I’m a nice person even though you CLEARLY didn’t take the time out to peruse my super captivating, AWESOME blog – or simply chose to irritate me purposely – I removed the title so as not to embarrass said “author”.)
is my début self-published novel …
Blah, blah … FOUR – LONG and ridiculously descriptive freaking paragraphs later…
AUTHOR does get props for including their blog link and a book synopsis!
But major FAIL for not sending me a BOOK COVER and for including their book in a mobi attachment. As if they assumed I’d be SO charmed by their generic mass email, that I would immediately download their book and start reading. Yeah… Not so much.
I’m sorry, I just HATE when the book is INCLUDED IN the email!!!! There are very few authors who can send me their book as an email attachment, and me not be offended! Shhhhyea you guys know who you are! M. Leighton… Fisher Amelie… Angeline Kace… J.L Bryan… just to name a few! *sigh*
NOW… Authors, would you like to see an example of what a Review Request email SHOULD look like? (for ME anyway… and don’t worry- I got express permission to use the following email for this post)
BAM! Opens with… *gorgeous cover*… Always an EPIC win when you’re dealing with this Brunette!
Hi Ashley, (YAY!!! It’s my NAME!!!!)
My name is Ada Adams and I am the author of the YA Paranormal novel, “ReVamped”.
Perfect. Now I know exactly WHO is emailing me and about WHAT book. AND I’ve already seen the cover. We have a HAPPY Brunette.
I just received your Tweet regarding the Kindle book giveaway on Tynga’s blog. LINK I have also seen your wonderful comment on Mimi’s review of “ReVamped”. I wasn’t stalking, I promise. I actually came upon your blog a while ago, and really liked it, so I instantly recalled you name. Your catchy blog title really stood out (probably because I can relate!), as did your tagline and your obsession with zombies (again, I can relate).
I did not submit a review request for “ReVamped” as your policy currently states that you are not accepting any books.
See? This says, “I DID look at your review policy… but I have a pretty good basis for assuming that you WANT to read my book!” There was no pressure, just simply… “My book is here- should you be interested!”
AND she made me feel at ease by immediately appealing to my “easy-going” side! She wasn’t all super formal, but she was completely professional!
Thank you for your time. Have a lovely day!
PERFECT EMAIL. I seriously couldn’t have written a better one to myself!
What do you guys like to see in Author Review Request Emails?
What DON’T you like to see???
*MUCH thanks to Ada Adams for allowing me to use her email in this post!!!!*