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The Worst Way to Ask for a Book Review

This might be the best email I’ve ever received on this blog. It’s a couple of years old at this point.

Yeah, I just self-published a book and I realy need to get some good reviews for it. Here’s where you can buy it. (link)

And I don’t have a lot of time to do this so please let me know how quickly you’ll have it up.


Too good.

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  • Casey B December 15, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Well Josh, you are successful enough now that random jerks ask you for stuff.

    • Josh Hanagarne December 15, 2011, 2:59 pm

      I don’t think the person was a jerk. It just seemed like sublime oblivion. And for anyone else–I’m happy to review stuff when I have time, but as for being “successful” enough, I’d be surprised if I ever help sell more than a copy or two of anything.

  • Todd December 16, 2011, 7:13 am

    Oh, was that wrong of me to ask that way? hahaha j/k Seriously, some people are just that tactless that they don’t even realize what they’re doing.

  • John Sifferman December 19, 2011, 8:44 am


    I get emails like that, too, but that’s still pretty funny. That guy should be in sales 🙂


  • Philos Mudis December 30, 2011, 5:50 am

    I guess e-mails like these just make a blogger’s day sometimes especially when you have typed lots of articles and you cannot even get yourself to stand up and pick something just two metres away.

    May be the person was just experimenting, you know: ‘What might happen if I tell Josh to buy my book in order to review it.’

    Happy blogging.

  • Kosmo January 1, 2012, 11:03 am

    At least I send you an Amazon gift card to cover the cost of my book (and also asked in a “if you have time/inclination, it would be great, but it not, that’s cool” sort of way, I think). I sent free copies to a couple other people, too, to test the waters.

    I was once asked to review a book as part of a marketing campaign to get the book reviewed on 30 sites in 30 days. It sounded like a book I enjoyed, and they were going to send me a free copy.

    It never arrived. Rather than send another copy to me, they suggested that I used other people’s reviews as the foundation for one of my own. I politely declined.