Case in point:
Heyyyy! So glad u are reading my book 4 a review!!!! I hope u totes like it Let me know if ya have any awsome questions. Catch ya on the flip side!
We love books. We love the written word. We love well-written books! It just so happens that more than one of the amazing reviewers on this blog happen to be in education (and it makes our editing, red-pen wielding fingers itch for a crack at those emails!!), and an email is often the first contact or the first mention of an author we ever receive.
We would love to consider your book for review, really! However - in an email like my lovely little satirical example above, what kind of message does that send about the caliber of your book?
There are times that I worry that I may have missed the next Old Man and the Sea or Grapes of Wrath, simply because the emailed request was so unprofessional I automatically hit delete. And yet, I have no guilt. As a self-professed grammar** nerd, I appreciate a well-written correspondence. It shows me that, as an author, my correspondent is detail-oriented enough to show me I can expect the same caliber of writing in the book being presented.
Authors, we couldn't do this job without you! You are amazing, and the stories you have to share are ones we may just be waiting for. But, please, best foot forward!
*Unknown author, in this case, is actually a good friend of mine who thought he was joking about the worst case scenario … little did he know his hyperbole was spot on! Reused with his permission.
** Yes, I have an opinion on the Oxford comma. I also am a staunch believer in the two spaces after a period -- it just looks nicer, and I will defend my grammatical decisions to the death!