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How do you handle unsolicited ARCS?
This is a really good question. I am always at a loss as to handle them. I’m an ostrich. I get something out of the blue and am instantly struck with fear. How did this person find me? Is the book even from a genre on my About page? How soon do they expect me to get this done? What will I do if I don’t like the book? I get overwhelmed and shut down. Then I save their email and stare at it for days wondering how I should answer.
If it is something that really piques my interest, I normally will reply right away with acceptance. If I have never heard of you, your book or if the book isn’t even a genre I read, that email will sit in my inbox. I don’t know why I can’t just fire off a response. There is my hate of turning anyone away, burning bridges, causing conflict, that type of thing.
Another reason that email might sit in my inbox, is if the person obviously hasn’t been to my site and gotten an idea of my reading tastes. I’ve had people approach that the first thing they said was how they looked over the site and thought they had a good match. That type of thing makes me think that an effort was made. If an effort is made not to waste my time, I will try not to waste yours. They will get an email response. When something lands in my inbox that is so far from anything my blog would feature, I freeze. I should immediately be able to explain that it doesn’t suit my blog. The words just don’t want to form though, so the email sits there. Good Lord, what would I do if they replied arguing the fact trying to prove how fitting their book was?! My inner self would die!
I will be the first to admit, I think it is somewhat unprofessional of me to not reply. It is something I need to work on. Maybe I should write up a standard response that I can just paste into a reply every time this happens. Wow, why didn’t I think of that before?
How do you guys handle these requests? Do you just ignore them or do you make an effort to respond and explain why you are or are not interested? Is there a good way to approach this without me breaking out into hives? 🙂