Any author in the middle of submitting their novel for professional reviews knows it can be quite the process. From having all your information at your fingertips, to following each request policy to the “T”, to the what seems like an endless wait, searching for the perfect person to review your book can be nothing short of exhausting and stressful.
With those “want-to-pull-your-hair-out” feelings, it’s hard not to get caught up in your annoyance and probably do things you shouldn’t. You know, those things you will end up regretting in the long run.
SUBMITTING MORE THAN ONCE
Unless you are submitting more than one book title at a time, don’t resubmit your novel more than once. Submitting more than one will only add to their back list and confuse reviewers who scour the list for the next book they want to review. If in fact you come across a review policy that states you can submit again after a certain time period, generally six months or longer, then by all means, follow the policy, but if it doesn’t say anything about multiple submissions the best option is to consider the site a “one and done” site.
EMAIL FOR CONSTANT UPDATES
Once you’ve hit send on your email or submit on their submission form, don’t contact the reviewer for updates. Just like with agents, editors, and publishers, reviewers receive hundreds, if not thousands, of submissions a month. Your constant need for updates is only going to waste their time and annoy the reviewer.
HARASS THE REVIEWER
If you are one of the ones chosen for a review, but it wasn’t what you hoped, the last thing you want to do is harass the reviewer with a phone call or email. “But what if they were wrong?” Unfortunately, novels are subjective, people can take them in different ways which means they can either like them or not like them. As tempting as it is to ask for another review, ask for a second chance, or argue with the reviewer, just don’t even go there. See How to Endure a Bad Review and Importance of a Bad Review for other tips.