Hi my name is Pam,
I have had this book blog for three years. Before that I wrote about tech, and before that music. I have been working with publicists online since 2006. I was a publicist for two years. I live for the pitch. I read them all, but I respond to maybe 5% of them. I used to give you my ‘no this isn’t for me and this is why response’ but you didn’t seem to want to hear that so I just stopped responding all together. These are the reasons:
1. You don’t seem to know me at all lover.
I know it takes some extra time, I know you are super busy, I know that there are 500 blogs just like mine out there in this crazy internet world. However, if you:
a) call me Dear Blogger
b) call me something other than Pam
c) pitch me something I don’t read
Then you have effectively wasted your time.
Let me tell you a story. There was once a publicist for Christian Fiction who went after me for a review for a year. The books changed but her tactics never did. I would know she was getting ready to pitch me because she would retweet everything I tweeted. Then the pitch would come with the header “Dear Blogger!” and I would cringe every time. Every. Single. Time. So after a year I wrote her an email. I asked her to stop mass emailing me with 50 other bloggers to use the BCC. I told her that I was openly atheist and that I was probably never going to respond about one of her books. I told her I knew some folk who review Christian Fiction, I would send her links if she wanted.
She told me to go to hell. That I was too ‘big for my britches’ and that bloggers sucked, that we get free books and we should be grateful to have them.
I shouldn’t have but I responded. I told her actually I had gained five pounds thanks for noticing my pants were too small. That my blog gets an average of 1500 unique per day and that even if I wanted to help her get the word out, and even though I have a large audience, the audience I did have wouldn’t be interested so it would be a waste of her time and mine.
I told her that I work for free but I don’t come cheap. That a free book isn’t going do it for me. Yes, I love ARCs, they fill my shelves and make me happy. I am only one person though. Once your TBR hits 80 ARCs a year or more then your year is booked.
I want to read more, I want to do more, I want to help so very much. When you use me and my blog as a step stool though I can’t help but notice. I have spend years building this blog into something that can help, it EXISTS to help.
Please don’t insult me with the ‘you are getting a free book lowly blogger who is good at nothing!’ stuff. I am good at something. I am good about spreading awareness to readers. I am fully aware I am not an industry mover or shaker, but at my book club. I AM GOD.
So really what I am saying is, help me help you :)