As I cryptically hinted at yesterday I will be changing the way I accept book review requests in the future to avoid such a horrible backlog. How will I do this? Well, instead of leaving authors with no guidelines which they seem to take as an invitation to be lazy, I will make them fill out a form. Yes, some authors will rail against the injustice of it all and how much time it will take, but those are the authors I really wouldn’t want to review anyway. If you can’t follow my rules, I’m not going to read your book. Plain and simple.
So my question for you guys is this: What would the ideal book review request form include? Would you ask authors for things like the genre, book blurb, target age group, etc? Do you think a review request form is the way to go? Or should I be trying something else to avoid my backlog as well as badly behaving authors?