Every so often, however, I get one that just makes me shake my head in wonder. Such is the one I got over the weekend. Here is how it reads. (Names changed to protect the guilty.)
I got your name from the Amazon book review you wrote about the 2006 book "XYZ, A Memoir " by Author.
I recently self-published a book on the same topic, "Book Title." If you think you might be interested in reviewing it and place a review on amazon(no obligation of course), I'd be happy to send a complimentary copy if you'll reply with your snail mail address.
Self Published Author
So what's wrong with this e-mail? Let's start with the obvious. I'm really not that interesting in a reviewing a self-published book by an author who can't capitalize Amazon or but the proper spaces around the parentheses. (Yes, those mistakes were his.)
Now for the ones you probably wouldn't have noticed. I never reviewed XYZ. In fact, the first time I had even heard of it was when I got this e-mail. So obviously, this author didn't do his research/homework.
Furthermore, the e-mail included links to the books on Amazon. Or at least they were supposed to. The link to XYZ worked correctly. But the link to the author's own book took me to a home repair manual with a completely different name.
No thanks, but I think I'll pass on your "masterpiece" if those two paragraphs are an example of your writing style and book.