... at least the ones who offer me their books.
As I typically get a great many emails from writers asking if I'd like to review their books (and that's in addition to those from publishers and publicists), may I offer a word or two of advice:
Please take a moment to look at this site and see what sort of books I read. Check the comments to get a feel for the Cornflower Books readers' taste (there are useful posts here and here), then ask yourself whether your novel is a good fit. The range here may be wide-ish but it's not all-encompassing, and so a wee bit of research before sending your message doesn't go amiss.
If you think I'd be interested in what you are offering, by all means get in touch, but make your email brief. If you've read my posts you'll perhaps have noticed that I try to be succinct and cover a book in as few words as possible. I appreciate conciseness in others, so make your pitch short and to the point - I've been sent synopses which would give Proust a run for his money, and they don't augur well for the quality of the book they seek to describe. If you can, have a look at some publishers' press releases as they are generally short and snappy and effective at 'selling' the book.
I try to reply to all emails, although recently a lot of approaches from authors have gone into my spam folder, and so I may have missed some due to automatic deletion, but if you don't hear from me, the chances are that I'm swamped.
If I accept a book - and being able to pick and choose is a privileged position and one I'm grateful to be in - then I always make clear that because of existing commitments and the sheer number of books arriving, I can't promise to read any book soon, or even at all; a lot will be passed over. Sometimes I have to stem the flow and turn down everything I'm offered because I have so much reading already waiting in the piles, but even when I welcome new books, good as they may be, I may not get around to reading them. Checking back to see how near the head of the queue your book is may not be the best use of your time.
I hope I'm not sounding snooty and off-putting here, nor getting ideas above my station, and some of the above I've said before, but I think it bears repeating as I'm trying to give an honest view of the situation in an effort to cut down on the number of 'misguided' approaches, and to help writers direct their efforts where they are more likely to bear fruit. The fact remains that my appetite for books is as great as ever, I love to know what's in the pipeline or about to be published, what's new on all fronts, and I still read as much as I can and write in one way or another about as many books as possible, just not all of them!