From the past several months, I have been inundated with emails from writers; both published ones and aspiring ones, to either carry their book reviews, let them guest post on my blog or to host them on my blog or to critique their books. One guy even went to the extent of telling me a story idea he had and he expected me to write it for him. I wanted to tell him that I don’t have the time to work on my own ideas and write my own stories, how does he expect me to write his. I advised him to write the story and then hire a professional editor. Needless to say, he never replied back.
Another guy sent me his ebook and asked me to review it for him and also do an interview with him. All this without doing the basic courtesy of asking me first. I politely declined.
It’s getting very irritating to reply to all these emails. There are all kinds of people who approach with offers of carrying their advertisements. Then there are writers who have no claim to any kind of connection with me, but they want me to read their stories/chapters.
Then there are the writers on whose blog I may have commented once, they have saved my email id and now send me all kinds of newsletters, promotional offers and alerts. I am getting so irritated, I just don’t know what to do with all this.
Yes, my blog is about me, but it’s also about my blog buddies who make an effort to visit me and leave their thoughts in the form of comments. I have no problem hosting my close blog buddies on my blog, helping them during their book promotions, doing guest interviews with them or helping publicize their books. But people who don’t know me just cannot expect me to go out of my way to help them.
How do you all deal with these issues? Do you review all the books that you are offered? Do you host all the people who want to do guest posts with you? Any advice for me?