By the Online Media Coordinator -
For a certain publisher -
Asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of their ebooks -
The email went like this -
I am not sure if you recall, but I found your quilting blog and tried to contact you a while back to see if you were interested in reviewing one of our (insert name here) ebooks.
Not sure if you received my email or was (sic) not interested in the (insert title here) ebook. But perhaps you will be interested in reviewing our other ebook about Modern quilts.
Would you be open to reviewing our Modern Quilts & patterns ebook if I send you a free ebook copy?
Please let me know either way, and I can send a copy over. I am trying to get feedback and spread the word about our free ebooks. Thanks
My reply went like this -
Yes, I do recall your email and my response - "No thanks - ;))"
It seems that I may not be your best choice to review your ebook on Modern Quilting as I am not a fan of ebooks nor am I a fan of Modern Quilting.
I am also skeptical of blogger reviews - ALWAYS positive - of items that the blogger got for FREE. Whether it was or not - It appears to be a glowing review because it WAS free. However -
So - I would be open to reviewing your ebook on Modern Quilting - if you are open to the possibility of perhaps getting a negative review.
Haven’t heard from him - ;))
I know that I probably should be flattered -
That he thought to ask me to review their ebook -
And - in a way - I am -
I an NOT a fan of FREE advertising -
In exchange for FREE stuff -
Which isn't actually FREE at all - ;))
This FREE ebook requires my/your email address -
And that puts me/you on their list to get "newsletters" -
And advertising up the wazoo -
In other words - TONS of FREE junk email - ;))
And the FREE ebook isn't FREE -
If I have to use MY paper and MY ink -
To print it -
Paper and ink cost $$$ - ;))
I may be saving on shipping costs -
But the printing costs are ALL mine - ;))
What ever happened to THEM printing the book -
And using THEIR $$$ to buy the paper and ink -
And then just mailing it to me all bound and everything? - ;))
AND - it seems to me that he hasn't read much of my blog -
Or any of my Reviews -
Or Quilter BOB's blog -
Because Quilter BOB did a post on "digital magazines" - HERE -
That says pretty much the same thing - ;))
And as far as Modern Quilting goes -
Quilter BOB already talked about that, too - HERE -
So - let me ask you -
If their website already has a page for FREE PATTERNS -
Why don't they just add a page for FREE EBOOKS -
And let it go at that? -
Why ask someone to do a REVIEW? -
So that they can get FREE advertising -
And I can get FREE junk email??
No thanks - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -
EDIT UPDATE -
Well I heard from him -
AFTER I posted my post - ;))
He waited 7 days to respond -
And then sent me a PRIVATE email -
When he could have left a PUBLIC comment -
Interesting - ;))