She has messaged me again following my original response to say she looks forward to hearing what I think of it - and asking me to ask a friend of mine, who is literary editor on a daily national newspaper, to review it too. Erm - really? You think that's going to happen?
I particularly like this sentence:
I understand you might not be comfortable making this request directly, in which case just drop me Literary Ed's mobile number and/or email address and I'll do it myself. (Personal email would be best please - I know work ones can get ignored or filtered by the newsdesk guard-dogs!)
I wouldn't go around giving out any friend's personal contact information to third parties who are complete strangers to them, no matter who they were!
The bolded made me see red! Why the ehell should she get a short cut through the system? Those "guard dogs" are there for a reason! Editors don't have time for every little nobody no-talent to come whining to them "oh but I know you'll love MY book, it deserves a four star front page review because it's the next great American Novel blah blah blah."
This is why authors DO NOT ASK for reviews!!!! She is officially graduated from go-getting self-promotion to straight selling herself out (I have another word for it but I know the filters wouldn't let it through). Yes, networking is part of the business but it is a question of other people who believe in your work pushing for you, and they are putting their connections at risk when they choose to do so.
The entitlement just astounds me. If she wants to contact the editor, she needs to go through proper channels to get the professional
contact information, send a query/cover letter, and expect to be rejected.
Additionally, the fact that she expects a ~$1 digital book to be prominently reviewed by a national newspaper? How delusional is she?