I can’t speak for the 50,000 other bloggers on the interwebz, but I got a pitch a few minutes ago that pushed all my buttons. Not the good ones. The stuff in quote blocks is the pitch sans identifying info.
Greetings Book Reviewer!
I already know, from lack of my name that this person has never been near my review policy.
[Name retracted] is looking for reviewers interested in reviewing our most recently released books! The list of currently reviewable books are below. If your blog has 500 followers or less, you are entitled to a “for review only” version of the title chosen for review (PDF file format); if your blog has between 500 to 3,000 followers, you are entitled to a e-book of your chosen title free of charge in your choice of Nook or Kindle. If your blog has more than 3,000 followers, you are entitled to a print version of the book of your choice (Trade Paperback).
Do you want me to review a book or is this a popularity contest. FYI, I don’t have ‘blog followers’. So I have ZERO.
Should your review generate at least 50 sales (determined by e-mails from purchasers who mention your review), we will send you an autographed version of the book reviewed, with a special thank-you message from the [retracted], and include an excerpt from your review in the next edition of the book, listing your name and the name of your blog.
Am I supposed to ask people to buy the book and then mention they bought it due to me or is this a review? A review prompts people to buy, but generally they don’t need to identify or even remember why they bought a book. Its classic word of mouth, you see the cover, remember you read something somewhere about it.
Recent Titles for Review:
- [retracted] (Literary Fiction) by [retracted]
- [retracted] (General Fiction, Coming of Age) by [retracted]
- [retracted](Educational, Health) by [retracted]
- [retracted] (Relationship Self-Help) by [retracted]
- [retracted] (Biography) by [retracted]
You may see information for these books at [retracted], or [retracted]
For further information, contact me at
There was no copy, no synopses, nothing other than this pitch sent to multiple bloggers at the same time. I know we are the bastard children of publishing, but seriously would you pitch the NYT like this? Would you query an agent like this? If the answer is no to that question you may need to rethink before you pitch. And while I will admit that blurbing a book is one of my blog goals, I won’t participate in a Ponzi scam to do so.
Bloggers, what is your worst pitch story?
EDIT: My reply:
This is by far the most insulting pitch I have ever received in my 4+ years blogging about books. I have worked hard to get the word out about books that I have loved, I have written professional reviews for newspapers, created campaigns for books I have loved and partnered my blog with my local indie to increase their sales, but being asked to review based on blog follower counts – and blurbed based on sales is ludicrous and insulting.
I have zero blog followers, because I have no widget for that. I do not believe it is sound marketing, I base my successes on visitor counts – of which I have 1,500 a day unique on the average. A blurb is a seal of approval, and I would only blurb books I saw fit – asking me to compete with sales to blurb is ridiculous.
It is incredibly infuriating to receive a pitch not only with my name missing, I do have one of those and it is in that area of my blog that you also obviously did not read – the Review Policy Page. Where you would have learned, that I do not accept anything but children’s literature.
So no matter how many followers I would have had, had I had a widget, they would not care about any of these books because they are kid lit minded.
Please take me off of your list.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
We spoke, I sent him this link - and then this next email came through. He is a fair and honest guy, gotta give cred for being new.
You may have just recently received an email from us about review opportunities. This was incorrectly sent (a draft), and does not reflect our policy.
Our actual policy is to provide you with either a print copy or e-book copy of any of our titles you decide to review, regardless of number of followers. In addition, if your review appears, your blurb will appear in the next edition of said book regardless of sales resulted, including having your copy autographed if you so wish. Please not that we do NOT give out ARC’s, all books sent are the actual published version.
We regret any confusion or anger this may have caused. Please forgive us, we are fairly new at this.