Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.
I’d say for about the past two years, I have been receiving a steady stream of around 10 to 20 review requests (more often that not, review requests mean books from indie/self-published authors) a week. I made the rookie mistake of accepting most of them at first. Then I realized I didn’t have time for all those books. So I started getting more selective. But even then, I always had and have about 10-15 accepted review requests waiting for me at any given time. I feel like I am good at only accepting the rare few that really interest me. And it has become easier to weed out the ones I don’t want when they don’t follow my review request guidelines. But that’s not what this discussion is about.
Even with dropping down to a less than 5% acceptance rate for review requests, I find myself swamped with them. My blog tour books and most ARCs (from NetGalley and Edelweiss mainly) are my main priorities. When those are done, I dive into my review request books. I’d say they have about a 50% chance of being good or bad from my experience. But that’s not what’s bothering me. It’s that I no longer have time for the books I want to read that aren’t a part of a blog tour, an ARC, or a review request. Like books from series I love or new ones everyone is raving about. I just don’t have time to fit those in with my schedule anymore.
I have realized that I need to cut something. ARCs I love because I get to try out so many different genres and authors. I like blog tours too because they introduce me to books I might have never heard about otherwise and I often get to share extras in my posts. Blog tour and ARC books have a higher chance of me liking them than review requests do; that’s what I have noticed anyway. So I feel like that leaves me with possibly dropping review requests. I don’t know if I need to cut back more or just stop accepting them.
I do like review request books because I have met some amazing authors out there because of them. But I find myself dreading having to chance another review request and taking away room for my leisure fun books. Maybe I am deluding myself and I need to cut back on blog tour and ARC books as well. I don’t know.
All this has led me to wondering how other bloggers handle review requests.
Do you have a limit on how many review requests you accept?
Do you even accept review requests? Why?
How would you guys feel if I stopped posting reviews from books by indie/self-published authors (ergo, stop accepting review requests)?
I have noticed that my review request posts tend to get less comments, so maybe getting rid of review requests is a good idea. But I can’t help but think that I am giving up a possibly amazing source of good books.