Today I am here to talk about the dreaded “no” when asking for a galley of a book we really want to get our hands on early. I know that it is always hard to take. It brings out our insecurities and our frowny faces. We have all been there and always think “why am I not good enough” *sigh*! The truth is there could be a 1000 reasons why a publisher or author declines your request and many of them have nothing to do with your blog at all.
- They could tell you no because they are looking for a specific group to review the book. EXAMPLE: It is a historical romance book and they want only blogs that mostly read/review historical romances. They may reserve a certain number for blogs outside that initial narrowing but on a whole want a target audience.
- They have a limited number of galleys and have hit their quota. In other words folks, they are all gone. They have flown the coop and there is nothing to be done.
- They don’t feel your blog voice is a good match for their product. This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your voice just that you aren’t a good match for them.
- They only work with a core group of people and very seldom let new people into the fold. This isn’t anything against you but honoring established connections.
- They feel you are to new, don’t have the readership they are targeting, or even that to many in your blog circle already get the book so it is over saturated in your area of the blog world. Again these are nothing against you but they are things they keep in mind while deciding who gets the ARCs and Galleys!
- They want more stats from you. This is up to you to share either in your profile or in an email to the publisher. This might also be something that you don’t want to share and that is a personal decision. Either way that might be something they need before they can say yes.
- They put the book up to early and said no to everyone. Yep this has totally happened before and I am guessing it could happen again.
I also want you to know that that people who have been around forever get turned down also. The longer you are around, the more you learn to not take it personally. I know I generally don’t share when I get turned down. Not because I am ashamed but because I have moved on to the next book in my list. I have also learned that you form relationships with certain authors, publishers, distributors, and blog tour coordinators. Those relationships take the sting out the “no”s.
But just in case you need to feel better about a “no” let me tell you the story of Sourcebooks and my blog. I am one of those people that request books based on what I want to read. It means I review books from a bunch of different genres and often make requests through NetGalley/Edelweiss without looking who the publisher is. So I am pretty sure the person who approves/disapproves for Sourcebooks thinks I am either persistent or annoying . I have always, in my 5 years of blogging, been turned down by Sourcebooks for Galleys. I have never asked why because it is their right to say “NO”. In fact, I think it is great that they are picky about where their galleys go. However, about once a month I will request a galley from them. Why? I really want to read the book and think “maybe this is the one”. Of course, it never is but I keep trying. I did this as recently this week with “Legend of the Highland Dragon from SOURCEBOOK
**I don’t recommend the repeat approach if you are requesting directly from the publisher, distributor, or author. NetGalley and Edelweiss are the scenarios I am referring to above. I also wouldn’t do it on books you have been turned down for in the past through NetGalley or Edelweiss, as that probably would fall into the annoying category.
The lesson from this story is: everyone gets told no. You just have to shrug it off and keep going. The galleys are nice but bottom line is blogging should be about the joy of sharing your love of reading with other people. So think of the “no”s as gentle nudge to pick up a book off that every growing TBR. Because if you are like me, then you buy enough books to run a library out of your home and you most likely have a library card. Also, by not reading the new release early we don’t have to wait for our friends to read it so we can talk about it and we get to experience the “release day” countdown. All in all, maybe those “no”s are the best things ever!