Dear Authors, Publicists/Publicity Teams, & Publishers: If you want your review on a deadline, state that clearly when you write the description of the book on NetGalley, Edelweiss+, or whatever books-for-review provider you happen to go through, so book bloggers know what order they need to work on their TBR pile in, or if they’ll even have time to get to your book(s).
As of late, I’ve been experiencing a bit of an annoyance. It seems that even though the places I get my books from state there are no actual deadlines to post reviews, some authors, publicists, publicity teams, and publishers decide to take it upon themselves to create deadlines for when reviews are to be posted – without telling the reviewer!
This is especially prevalent on NetGalley with one particular publisher. Without warning, they archived 4 of their titles that were in my TBR pile – then proceeded to email me about each title separately and “remind” me that I need to review their books. Last I’d looked, those titles weren’t scheduled for archiving.
Now for those not familiar with NetGalley (NG), there aren’t any actual deadlines. In fact, a few years ago, NG had created a YouTube Channel to help readers with using their NG accounts and it had said in one of the videos that even if the book was archived, you could still go ahead and read it and review it as long as you’d already downloaded it. This is important as it lets you know that while ideally the review would be done before the book was archived, it does not have to be.
So for a publisher, author, publicist, etc., to be sending emails the day they archive a book that hadn’t been set for archival previously to remind you that you need to review a book, plus stating they want the review posted to NetGalley, your blog, and retail sites when the only requirement originally was to read and review the book on your blog and provide feedback to the publisher, I realize that something needs to be said about it.
We aren’t required to review the books we get on NetGalley. We can choose not to, and simply share feedback with the publisher as to why we didn’t. So in the case of the 4 reminders in 2 days publisher, I did just that – and made sure to do so with all books that were in my TBR pile that were from that publisher. Unfortunately, that included a couple of books that I’d truly wanted to read, but not enough to put up with reminder emails from the publisher should they be archived before I can finish them or even start them. (You’ve seen my TBR pile for NG here and this was from another NG TBR pile that was for a different book blog – yes, I run two of them.)
So please, authors, publicists/publicity teams, and publishers – make sure to be forthcoming with your required deadlines when a book is granted to a blogger for review. It will make both our lives easier and ensure that you get your reviews on time and we aren’t scrambling to review a book in front of a ton of other books we’d expected to work on first.