Let’s Talk Timeframes

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Since I am still on the mend and not quite ready to tackle a review, I thought we could chat about something that this recent flare up has brought back into the light for me: Timeframes. As bloggers who often accept review copies, I think most of us try to adhere to some form of a policy or two when reviewing. We usually have them clearly spelled out on our blog and can be caught venting when aΒ requester completely ignores them πŸ˜‰ I know because this is one of my biggest peeves as a blogger. Reading an email regarding a request and knowing within several moments that my easy to locate, simply spelled out policies were ignored sets me on fire.

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If there is one area of policies that I have seen that varies greatly, it is timeframes. Some bloggers choose to address this in a straightforward, spelled out manner, while others may not even include them. Being that blogging etiquette is a common discussion (spoken and unspoken) let’s chat about what we each feel is acceptable or “professional” when it comes to…

Review Timeframes

To start, I will be fair and highlight what my policy states regarding review times:

“All reviews areΒ of my own honest opinion and my sole property. I have the right to decline any review or material at my own discretion.Β The length of time it takes me to complete and review each title will vary. I generally do not promise a specific timeframe for accepted review copies. Please mention any specific time requirements in your initial contact.

Why this is my policy:

I tend to leave this option pretty open for obvious reasons. I live with aΒ chronic illness, and weeks such as this, I can and will fall behind. I have no intention of over committing myself or adding undue stress that will turn this experience into an insurmountable task. This is my hobby and not my job. While I love providing authors with what might be viewed as a beneficial service, it does not take priority in life. That does not mean I am not passionate, just realistic.

How do I address my “lack of” timeframes with authors and publishers:

  1. I have my Rating & Review Guidelines posted clearly and also mentioned again on my contact form.
  2. I always reiterate this when agreeing to accept a title. Somewhere in the email communication you will find that I clearly state I am unable to promise a review within any certain amount of time. Then I let the requester decide.
  3. I very seldom will participate in tours or events that require reviews within a set amount of time.

Reasonable Timeframes?

So with that all being said, I do understand bloggers choosing to provide a “guaranteed” timeframe for the copies they accept and also knowΒ that there are times such as tours and release blitz where it is beneficial to receive that promise. So what is reasonable and practical?

I generally can read several titles a week when feeling well, but we also have to factor in how fast we can actually write a review after completing a title. This process seems to range from a matter of 15 minutes to several days depending on who you ask. I typically take a day to write a review. I also tend to write them immediately after completing a story, where I know others preferΒ to reflect longer. It seems to be a completely individualized process so there is quite possibly no right answer. The few times I accepted copies for tours, I simply specified that I required at least two weeks for each title ( a little buffer room never hurts). But what happens when we fail to make the deadline for any number of reasons?

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So Here Are My Questions for You

Do you set specific timeframes when agreeing to review titles?
If you do, what is the average timeframe and how did you come up with this?
How do you feel about not committing to a guaranteed time (something similar to my policy)?
When do you feel that it is okay for the requester to ask for a promised date or amount of time?
If you fail to meet a deadline, how do you handle it?

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Just a nice and easy chat since it has been on mind as I fall further behind πŸ˜‰

Danielle ❀

 

 

64 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Timeframes

  1. Nice to see the occasional discussion post from you.πŸ˜€

    I’m happy to post on specific dates for blog tours for guest posts, extracts, etc but I won’t accept to review for a blog tour as I don’t review to a set date anyway and due to issues with blog tours and not getting the stuff to post to a couple of days before – I mean come on people, I want the stuff to draft up the post in time!😠 I actually got the stuff late afternoon one time and was expected to post at 9am the following morning, did it but wasn’t happy. Wouldn’t accept to review for a blog tour as I’d be concerned if the book would turn up early enough for me to read!πŸ˜‚

    I usually take a while to write my review, I’ll probably have few thoughts written down and on occasion will write the whole review straight away (Norse Mythology) recently but generally I like to ruminate on my review.

    It clearly states in my review policy that I don’t review to a set schedule and I won’t, I’m a mood reader and read what I want.πŸ˜‚

    If whoever doesn’t read that in my policy, it’s too bad and sod them, it’s written there, should read the policy better!😠

    I’ve found recently that people don’t even ask for dates for posting, I’ve got two guest posts and an extract to draft up and none of the authors have mentioned when I’ll be posting them or when they want them posting, then again as one didn’t send any links or author info with the post there’ll get it when I can be arsed as they should supply the info with the post content.

    I’m not a complete ass though even though I come across that way in this comment, I’m happy to post stuff on dates if I get it in plenty of time, I posted an interview and two extracts this week, probably had them drafted for a month but I posted when the author wanted as we’d agreed on it.

    If I’m doing something for an author I’ll ask if they have a specific date/time but often they don’t and are happy to work around the bloggers schedule.

    If you miss a deadline I guess it depends on the reason why, we forget at times, we are human, life and illness gets in the way. But if you miss a deadline simply because you couldn’t be arsed to do the post for no reason other than you couldn’t be bothered then you shouldn’t have agreed to the deadline.πŸ˜‚ But, if like me and you don’t get the content early enough to post on the date then too bad you missed the deadline, I did it that time and posted but played hell with the publicist as I’d made it clear that I wanted the stuff in plenty of time and sending it the night before was not plenty of time.

    Everyone is different but don’t sweat it not having a specific time line for reviewing is the best and I think the right way to go. Yes, on occasion it’s fine to review to a certain date if you get the book in plenty of time, say the author sends you the book in March and it’s not out until May but if they ask and want a review in a couple of weeks then hell no as it means that you have to rush and read the book and write your review.

    Im of the mentality that reading should be fun and blogging is a hobby and I know I’m perhaps in the minority but I don’t and won’t set a specific time frame for reviews, ain’t happening and I do OK for books.πŸ˜‚

    Cool post, apologies for the essay length comment.πŸ˜€

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    1. I enjoyed this “essay” comment haha. You always contribute so much more to the discussion and I love that!

      It seems that once again we are in agreement here, but maybe say it differently πŸ˜‰ You are much better about being out there with it than I am at times. But it is same with tours and why I really do not do them any longer. That is not to say I have not had positive experience, but I have also had the joy of having materials arrive a day before :/

      As far as deadlines and agreeing on occasion to post on a certain date, you summed this up as well as I possibly could or maybe better. I do not mind when it is all planned out properly. I understand why specific dates can be beneficial to authors and am happy to help in reason πŸ™‚

      But I am also a mood reader haha. This week with my illness, I have been on a GN binge. it is certainly a hobby and I read for enjoyment.

      Great response that I totally agree with sir πŸ˜‰

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      1. Ha, it certainly was an essay comment, apologies for its length, I do babble on at times!πŸ˜‚

        Oh yes, we definitely say things differently, that’s good though and no-one really wants to say things like me anyway, hell, what I say at times gets me in trouble.πŸ˜‚

        Oh yes, definitely positive tour experiences, just the negative ones sour the overall taking part in them, well, they did for me and now I’m wary of them and would only do one for a book I wanted.

        That’s the thing, especially about planning things out to post on a specific date, it needs to be planned out on both sides and leeway for bloggers as let’s be fair, if we get a book, we’ll review it, book for a review but if we agree to a guest post, extract, interview, etc then we get nothing in return for our free time, it’s not the author is doing us a favour by appearing on our blog, we are actually doing the author a favour by having them as if we aren’t getting a book then we’re getting nothing for our time in creating the post, unless we should be getting paid!?πŸ˜‚

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        1. I would not complain to get paid or see you getting paid haha πŸ˜‰ I don’t think you say things in a bad way! You speak more like I do in the home hehe.. that is a secret by the way. I try to keep it nice in social circles but I can be a real butthead to be honest πŸ˜‰ Don’t tell.

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  2. I think Drew here does a wonderful job in summing up all the possible answers out there hahahah One thing’s for sure, I ain’t the fastest reader out there. Back when I accepted review requests from authors, I’d give them a date according to the “queue”. The way I put it out there is “Before mid-March or Before the end of March”. That gives me around 2 weeks to read and review the book without putting a specific date out there. I do however ask if they mind my “timeline” and if they have a deadline they’d rather put on the table. After all, it’s their book and their decision if they want to offer a copy to review or not. I do like to participate in blog tours though. It gives me a unique opportunity to promote books that are about to get released and to draw some attention both on the book and on the blog. I think your policy is excellent and that you shouldn’t worry about deadlines for book reviews (unless you explicitly promised something and can’t take your word back or something). Blogging, reviewing and reading should be hobbies and not a job, as you’ve stated. Do everything you can to keep them hobbies! πŸ˜€

    – Lashaan

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    1. Thank you so much Lashaan! I think you have a great policy and I definitely agree about tours being a wonderful way to promote books. My biggest challenge anymore is that I never know when I am going to be out of commission haha πŸ˜‰

      I also like that you specifically ask the requester whether your timeline is an okay because this is my same approach. I feel that if it is included in my guidelines and then addressed directly during communication, I have fairly covered all bases!

      It is most certainly important to keep these things a hobby. That and the wonderful community are what make this blog so rewarding. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m quite similar to you in that I have an illness that will flare up unannounced and throw my reading and blogging through a loop. This week the only reason anything has been on my blog at all is because I was super organised last week and had it all pre-scheduled so had virtually nothing to do, next week is looking questionable right now though!

    So, because of the old Bipolar I play it safe and in my review policy I say that I can’t guarantee turnaround for reviews, or even responding to the emails! When info respond I reiterate that I tend to have a mountain of books to get through so it’s not likely to be quick and if they are still happy then I will take it on.

    My only exception is blog tours, and I am really strict on how many review tours I will take on, which tour hosts I will work with (because honestly some of them are rubbish and as Drew said send things last minute) and how close to the tour I will take it on, so I have time to read the book aswell. I’ve also pulled out of a few because the book didn’t come through in time!

    I used to get really stressed about meeting deadlines, the deadline being release day, then there was how many I had to get through but I had a huge cull and set myself rules about what books I would read (based on what I most enjoy) and seriously restrict my NetGalley and BookBridgr usage now which is like holding a kid back in a sweet shop but it is working as my TBR list is finally manageable and I’m getting through some of the books I’ve owned for years.

    I think some authors get their backs up when you won’t review straight away and I think publishers especially would prefer instant gratification but ultimately we are doing this in our own time for no reward other than the love of it so they need to respect that and understand we only have one set of eyes and some of these books are bloody beasts!

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    1. You are so right! I know you completely get it and follow similar policies πŸ˜‰ Only you seem to be so much more organized than I am haha. Maybe you should teach me.

      I do have a few trusted publishing companies that I am always happy to participate in tours for and a couple that I now avoid. It happens unfortunately.

      Recently I have several emails regarding why I had not posted reviews yet, but when I reminded the authors of my policy and why it was that way, they were very receptive.

      I hope you have been feeling well dear friend ❀

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      1. Ive always been organised but I also really love excel which means even my TBR lists are nicely organised!! πŸ˜‚ I also have a separate diary for the blog so it doesn’t get mixed up with my life diary! It’s kind of a bit obsessive but stops me stressing!
        I’m doing much better now thank you, I hope you are improving. Much love. πŸ’–

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  4. An interesting topic! πŸ˜€ I should probably update my rating policies, to be honest. I haven’t updated them in months and although I’m predominately a paranormal romance reviewer, I seem to get all sorts of requests landing in my inbox. I should probably clarify what I will and won’t review! Thanks for the reminder πŸ˜‰

    In regards to time frames, I don’t have anything set in stone because my life can be quite unpredictable because of the shifts I work. If I’ve been asked to review a book by a certain date, I’m very careful because I know how easily I morph into the slowest reader in existence when faced with a manic work schedule. A few weeks ago, I’d promised to review two books over the course of a week and I was approached by another writer asking if I could review an anthology she was appearing in by the following weekend. I thanked her for the opportunity but explained I didn’t think I could get it both read and reviewed in time for its release. Thankfully she was very understanding πŸ™‚

    I don’t feel bad about not committing to a certain time frame. I think as long as I’m honest with an author about the amount of time it will take me to read and review their book, then there’s no issue πŸ™‚

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    1. Definitely! I think authors are generally very understanding and appreciate when you are honest and explain that you cannot meet certain timeframes. After all, much better to have a solid and honest review, than something that was rushed in the end πŸ˜‰

      I am pretty narrowed down right now in my policy regarding what I will and won’t read, but it never seems to matter. I don’t think policies are looked at as much as they should be. Why would you want me to review a book that I probably will not like? Sometimes it feels like requesters just spam seeking out anyone. ❀

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  5. Everything that you have said is why I don’t get netgalley arcs anymore or accept review requests from indies. My review policy is: I don’t.

    I am also not into being slave labor and “promoting” an author or work for a tour or some other such thing. I read posts by others who do, but they never interest me as they are more about the tour and promoting than a genuine review. And the quality of books offered to me, yeah,no thank you. If you have to ask me to review it, I consider it a publisher’s reject and part of the slushpile.

    I read for my own pleasure and my reviews are just by products that have arisen from my need to blab [about something, anything] and my not being able to remember every book I’ve read, what it is about or how I felt about it. My reviews are my memory for books πŸ˜€

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    1. I think you may some valid points and definitely understand your stance. I do however support tours to an extent because they are a nice opportunity to lend support to authors and publishers, which I find important. But I also know there are plenty of times when that is lost in what can seem like meaningless, muddled posts. I feel as long as I am promoting something I actually enjoy and want to share, it doesn’t feel like work πŸ˜‰

      As far as review copies, I appreciate that they have introduced me to some fabulous writers I may not have encountered otherwise. For me, it has been a nice opportunity to branch out.

      But I can certainly see how not accepting ARCs is also a positive thing from some of the very points you mentioned. I think that reading is so individualized that we all take something different. What works for one will not for another. In the end, it is all about keeping it honest and enjoying it πŸ™‚

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  6. Nice topic! I don’t really have a time frame in my review policy, but then I make sure to mention that if it’s a new release I won’t post my review until within 2 weeks of the release date. I guess that’s kind of a time frame. I also state that I don’t review DNF’s, and they do happen, so my accepting a book isn’t a guarantee of review.

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    1. I recently updated to mention that I will not often review or post titles I DNF. I prefer to contact the requester with feedback first, so I totally understand πŸ™‚

      I like the idea of only having a timeframe surrounding release dates. I think that probably works well for many authors and publishers πŸ˜‰

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  7. This is actually a topic that has been weighing on my mind a bit lately as well. I feel like I need to update my review policy before I ever think of reopening requests because I’m pretty sure I stated that I needed to be notified if there was a timeframe and that if there was I would get a book reviewed within their timeframe, which just isn’t plausible for me anymore. So, I think when I do edit it I’ll go with something like yours because it can be hard to be absolutely certain with reviewing timeframes what with the unpredictableness that is life. The only time I’ve ever committed to a timeframe for a review book is when it’s an ARC since I’m a frequent NetGalley user and most of my review books are on a deadline. Although, the reason why I’ve been thinking about timeframes too, is because I got approved for a few books a bit too close to their release dates for this month. Now I’m racing through them just to make sure I get the reviews out on time πŸ˜…. I feel there should be a rule where they can’t approve ARCs so close to the release dates. Not that I wasn’t happy to be approved for them or that I’m not grateful but when it’s something you haven’t planned for it can completely throw you off. I had even forgotten that I requested them. πŸ˜‚
    Anyway!! Great discussion, Danielle! β™₯

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    1. Thank you Melissa! They must hate me on NetGalley haha because I try to keep reviews close to release but never really sweat it. I post when I can. I feel this is fair though because my blog with my policy is linked on my profile there so publishers can view this πŸ˜‰

      Real life has way too many “things” happening to over commit to a hobby. It must always feel fun and relaxed in my opinion ❀

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          1. I think some do and then I think some just click the approve or decline button after looking at your NetGalley profile. I used to check out of curiosity when I got approved or declined for a book since on the WP stats area you can see where someone clicked to view your blog from and sometimes it would show netgalley and sometimes it wouldn’t. πŸ™ˆ

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  8. I always say that “if and or when I finish the book I will let you know when I post a review” That being said There is only one book that I didn’t finish so far. If it is an ARC I want it to be as early as I can get the book. Plus I always have more time to Listen to Audiobooks than I have to actually read. So I will let them know AB’s get done much faster.. Like you said this is not my Job but I do love it. I try to be as accommodating as I can without giving myself any stress.

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    1. That is the best approach πŸ™‚ I want my reviews to support authors and publishers. There would be no book community without them, but I will not turn something I love into a stressful situation. Do you find it hard to get AB instead of actual books? I have never asked for one.

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      1. If they have the AB for what they want reviewed I have found when you say it will be done faster they are more than happy to give it. Then there are authors like C.T. Phipps. He has 6 or 7 books all with An Audiobook edition. He has given them all to me over the past few months and one AB from someone else because He says he gets a kick out of my reviews. (It is harder to write when I think about how people might actually read it) I have found that most authors are great about getting what ever version you want. I was having a problem with a pdf on my Kindle with Scott Oden’s book and I asked him if he had a mobi. file yet. He did not but a few days later a physical copy showed up lol
        P.S. Hope this makes sense just got home from a full day of the Renascence Festival and am exhausted

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        1. Totally makes sense.. and I need to remember to not hesitate to request another format when needed. Sometimes with the vertigo, I cannot read. AB would be perfect!

          Oh I have not been to a renaissance festival in years! So fun. Hope you enjoyed πŸ™‚

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  9. I do not set any time frames to review a book. I have it written in my policy. Right now I am working on my backlog of books from last year. I thought I would be done by Jan. Unfortunately I couldn’t. Also now I have become very very selective about the copies accepted. I turn down a majority of them. I also look at how big the book is to see if I have time to devote to it. I have seen bloggers accept payment for confirmation that the review goes up in two weeks or so. I think thats a good idea as long as the blogger does not give a biased review. It helps the blogger with a little extra cash and assures a review within the time frame. Of course, this would work only if the blogger has a huge impact factor.

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    1. I am not familiar with payment for meeting a certain timeframe, but agree this is very nice if the blogger can remain unbiased. I see too often that people (even other bloggers) state that no blogger should receive payment. I personally think that if you can find a way to earn some income doing what you love to do, great for you! But you certainly would need to be established so that your followers trusted your reviews to remain unbiased.

      I am pleased to know that I am not the only one who sets no timeframes. I used to feel pressured about this and then realized it was not fair and unrealistic haha πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

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  10. Great chat, and a subject I don’t usually have to deal with since I don’t request review copies very much. But I did just accept an ARC from a favorite author so I guess I better pay attention! lol Seriously though I don’t really address this in my review policy because again it doesn’t come up much, but I think your policy is very reasonable. We’re hobbyists basically, don’t get paid, so I think it’s okay to state your policy up front (like you do) and go with that.

    As for missing a deadline, I know it happens. sometimes it’s unavoidable. I’m not sure what the “etiquette” of it is but I’ve seen bloggers many times say “I missed my timeframe on this because of xyz whatever”, and I’m sure publishers understand that it happens.

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    1. I like that you do not even really have to think about this much Greg. I am sure that helps maintain a very relaxed and enjoyable reading/blogging experience which is key !

      I agree it is nice to state when missing a deadline that you did and why. I have experienced this twice. Both times due to receiving titles later than expected. I emailed explaining this and it wasn’t an issue. Of course, what can someone say if they were the ones who failed to put everything together in a reasonable and timely manner πŸ˜‰

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  11. To be honest, most authors who self-pub, or use indie houses (those who have business savvy), don’t care that much about blog reviews unless you are one of the biggie bloggers. As far as blog posts are concerned they would rather see their books being mentioned on Waiting On Wednesdays, “what are you reading” type memes, top # lists, etc, so the title stays out there. Blog reviews are generally low view getters unless they are a more popular title and have a giveaway, plus they are a one off post.

    Savvy authors want three things: their books being mentioned on social media as much as possible, a Goodreads rating (that only needs a short review because very few people take the time to read long reviews on GR), and most importantly an Amazon review because after 50 reviews the book will get featured and recommended other places on Amazon. The Amazon review can (should) be shorter also because people don’t generally want to read a long review on a retail site.

    So, if you have an ARC… a rating and short review on Goodreads anytime before the pub date, and a rating and short review on Amazon the day it pubs. I write a short quick review on GR first and end with, “I will add the blog review link when it is posted (when you add the link the review reposts on your GR timeline, and retweets your rating) and then I copy and paste the GR review to Netgalley and Edelweiss, and then to Amazon the day it pubs. Many authors prefer later full length blog reviews because they put the book out there again after all of the initial flurry of promotion has died down. Many of the bigger bloggers don’t even bother with blog reviews unless they are associated with a tour. They are the least important thing to do.

    Therefore, don’t sweat a timeline for longer blog post reviews. A rating and a short blurbish type review on Goodreads and Amazon (Barnes and Noble) are the first and the most important things to do. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh La La! You have given me some great insight on this ❀ Thank you. I had not even considered the benefit of memes, etc too much. I mean I know that getting the book out there by "word of mouth" is important, but you put another perspective on this.

      I was also unaware of the "50 reviews" on Amazon. I always post on there when I can. I am not part of Vine, so I have to wait until after release dates for ARCs, but it is wonderful to know how beneficial hitting that mark is for writers πŸ™‚

      Thank you!

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      1. I’m not a Vine participant either, but the early ARC reviews on Goodreads are important because that is where other bloggers are going to see the books. I put ARC pub dates on my calendar with notification so I don’t forget to post on Amazon once they are released. πŸ™‚

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  12. I am loving this discussion post! I don’t know what happened and which particular review triggered this but the last ten days have seen my email inbox filled with 10 review requests a day. At first I was excited, just like when I started blogging, but it soon felt a bit too much, especially with the challenges I have taken on.
    I love your idea of adding to your guideline that you cannot promise a specified date. I know how difficult it is to stick to a schedule when living with illness and I often stress out about promising a date. I wish I had read this before accepting certain of those review requests and I think I might steal your idea and add this to my blog as I am finding it unfair to add pressure on myself to satisfy the authors with specific days to publish. I have made engagements for a review a week for all of April 😱 I might have overdone it, so this is a solution that might work to relieve the stress of not being able to read and review when I’m not physically or mentally capable of doing it.
    Until now, I checked my diary and chose a week with no other engagements so I could take some time to focus and find a day when I feel fine enough to deliver on the promise. Then I specify that I promote the reviews on Twitter, and add them on Amazon and Goodreads and send an email to the author with the links on the publication date. I always thought I HAD to give a specific date, but now that I come to think of it.. As you say, it’s a hobby and things happen so you never know how you’ll feel. You just taught me a valuable lesson for my self-care and the care of my blog, thank you my favorite tea queen ❀
    So far I have always met the deadline, I can't imagine the anxiety it would bring me to fail.. Gosh, I need to slow down a bit and handle things differently!

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    1. Waffles! You most certainly need to add this to your policy. I know that sometimes you just need rest and space ❀ And you should have that without any added pressure!

      As far as current commitments, you could probably send out a few polite emails explaining that times might be extended and I am sure that everyone would be very receptive. While it is just a hobby, it is one that benefits that authors so they normally get it πŸ™‚

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      1. I just read your policy and boy did you do a great job! πŸ˜€ That’s some awesome blogger thing!
        I’m not too worried about what I got myself into, I think if needed I could do just that, ask for more time, but I do feel I need to look up to your way of doing it and learn from it!

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        1. Policies can very so much though. Drew has a great one in place. I have seen many that do. They are pretty unique in the fact that we all have personal goals, limits, and preferences. What works for one can be a total disaster for another haha. I have been shaping this one since I first began ❀

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  13. Chronic illness sufferer here too. I used to be a social worker and my working life was totally dictated by timescales. I have found this difficult to move away from as it became ingrained in my psyche. Having an unpredictable illness throws it all put the window and it’s so hard to adjust to. I started blogging with time frames in mind and unrealistic expectations of the ‘new’ me so it all went out of the window. I now don’t promise and let the authors decide if they are happy to wait or not. Of course blog tours are different and I do keep to those but I really need to cut down on the amount I take part in xxx

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    1. It is certainly hard to move away from deadlines and timeframes when our whole lives (work, kids, etc) can certainly program us to operate this way. And you know just how difficult it can be to accept something such as chronic illness that makes it impossible to always stick to the plan or schedule.

      I do the same as far as letting the authors decide whether this works for them and go from there. I have not been accepting tours for this very reason.

      I hope you are having a great weekend Abbie ❀

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  14. First–> “This is my hobby and not my job. While I love providing authors with what might be viewed as a beneficial service, it does not take priority in life.”- loved this… I so totally agree and it’s a good sentence to put things into perspective for bloggers and authors and publishers.

    I accepted a ton of review requests last year (hence the blogger burnout and taking a step back this year). Whenever I got a request in, I’d reply with an approximate time… same as Lashaan, I think… end-March, next month, etc… and then told the author (using nicer words of course) that if they’re not happy with the timeline, they are more than welcome to not send me a copy of their book.
    I am so chillaxed this year now.. I think I have two NG copies and their deadlines are far away yet πŸ™‚ which makes me happy because I can catch up with all the books I want to read… If it has happened that I’ve been unable to deliver for specified date I have contacted author/publisher to let them know, apologize and confirm that I’ll do my best to meet the agreement. Most times people have been very forthcoming and understanding.

    I think authors/publishers are welcome to ask for a specific timeframe for tours/reviews, etc… They can always ask. It doesn’t mean the blogger has to accept. With a couple of the latest books, I have been asked to post a review to Amazon on the publishing date as that’s meant to boost the book visibility. Imagine, when you have, say 20 reviewers lined up to review the book on a certain date, it’ll be a nice boost, hey!

    Great discussion post πŸ™‚ ❀

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    1. Thank you Liz ❀ You are so right with everything you have touched on here. It is way too easy to burn out. I managed to do it last year, and I am still too new for that. We should never burn out with a hobby. That is silly! But we like to be beneficial and help others.. so it can be hard to say no or we agree to more than we necessarily need to. It is all understandable.

      I think that my condition is actually helping me learn to just chill πŸ˜‰ So I am can be thankful of that. Always a silver lining heh. I am learning nothing is guaranteed and day by day is completely ok πŸ˜‰

      I agree it is perfectly fine for requesters to ask for timeframes and then both decide if something that works can be reached. Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  15. I think timeframes will vary from person to person. Like you mentioned, you can read multiple books in one week, while others are not able to accomplish this. Personally, when I do accept requests to review work, I always stipulate that I need at least one month to read and review it. I think a month is a very reasonable amount of time for both parties involved. As far as NetGalley is involved, I guess that depends on the release date. HOWEVER a steady stream of reviews after the release date is probably just as beneficial… very interesting discussion post Danielle πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Amanda ❀ I think I am discovering that I am a bad NetGalley reviewer haha. I seriously see everyone commenting about making the deadlines.. I always just post whenever.. sigh. I am a slacker πŸ˜› I do think a month is more than reasonable.

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  16. I am a bad person :-). I don’t have a review policy on my blog (I don’t request reviews either but that doesn’t stop people from filling out my contact sheet) and I don’t really promise anything, except that I will read and review it. I have been declining all book review requests for a while now though because I still have not finished some reads that I got in 2016. Your approach sounds very sensible though, one I should probably also adopt once I start accepting new books.

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  17. If I request a physical book, then I try to write the review for publication day or around that date πŸ™‚ (If I can…). If it’s Netgalley then I’m definitely more open… I have some from 2016 XD

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  18. This is such a great post! I started thinking I could schedule all my book reviews like I do with my blogging for books or ebooksforreview reviews, so I was penciling in all these indie author requests with only days in between. Then the move announcement came, and you know what happened? It all dominoed out of control. I missed one, which led me to get behind, and then I missed more, and after awhile it was an avalanche.
    I have since given up timeframes. At all. If you have a blog tour, cool. If you have your book publishing in March, I prob won’t make it, but if it comes out in July, I can prob do that. You know what I mean? I was reading for others and not myself and my own books as well as my library books and galleys were getting ignored. I was residing for the indie authors to help, and I couldn’t even read the popular titles!
    So I’m with you. I don’t have a chronic illness. But I do have my life up in the air, and with that comes some major adjustments to the reading schedule!
    Great post!

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  19. Fantastic post! When I’m approached by an author and asked to read and review their book… I never agree to a specific time. I tell them up front that I’m super busy, and that I will get to it as soon as possible. And they seem to be ok with that usually. I just can’t commit to a specific time frame when I have so much going on, and I’m so behind on other review copies.

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    1. I am in the very same boat! It is nice that they are a;ways so understanding. I just make sure they have no false expectations or needs that cannot be met. It would not be fair to grab something I needed to review ASAP knowing I couldn’t. I am behind as well ❀

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