I am sure you have all received books from authors and publishers or Requests to reveiw a book you weren't excited to read...
How do you say NO without completely turning those publishers and authors off from sending you books in the future?
or if your an author, what is the best "No Thanks" you have received?
I have heard of several reviewers who will review for a fee, but I am not one of those!
I agree, its just common courteousy to send a reply... hence why I was asking how to nicely say no. :) Thanks for the feedback! It helps to have an authors perspective! Sorry to hear so many didn't respond, I actually find that a bit surprising!
Keith, I really admire your thoroughness. I guess I'm not too surprised at the "review for pay" - I wonder how that's working out for them?
And I agree, it's a surprising no-response rate if you pre-screened so carefully.
I never thought of the simplicity of just a No Thank you... That may just work! Honest, straight to the point, Love it!
Most of the time when I turn down a book it's because I don't think it suits my blog, which very clearly says "romance." I added a line that says bluntly: "I do not read non-fiction," but I still get queries for dating advice books (bleck).
I've also turned down offers just because I might be behind in my commitments already. Review copies are precious to authors and publishers (I think) and I am SURE they would far rather have you say "no thanks," than to accept it and not get the review done or totally dislike the book simply because it's a bad fit.
I recently turned down a book after I started reading it. It ended up just not being believable to me... I couldn't get into it. So I wrote the author and told them that I wouldn't be able to complete a review. I think its better to be honest then to either end up with a bad review or dishonest one...
I am finding the same thing as well now that I have turned away a few. At times I have said that I just dont have time right now and at times I have said that it isn't a good fit for our site at this time- Either way, I always think its just best to be honest.
I just needed some help with wording :)