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"Hey, can you take a quick look at this summary I wrote for my book? It will only take a minute."
"Hey, you're good with words. Can you help me with this idea for a story I have?"
"Hey, can you please read my draft and tell me what you think? I so need your feedback!"
"Hey, I want to send you my book for a review, and you can send me your book for a review in exchange. It'll be a good deal for both of us."
"Hey, so how do you self-publish your books? Can you help me?"
"Hey, I'm in town! Let's have coffee!"
This is just a glimpse of the messages I'm getting bombarded with daily, and in my 3 years of writing I have gone through three stages of responses to them.
"Sure! I'd love to help!"
Then later, "I will gladly help you. Only it will take me some time to get back to you, okay?"
Then later still, "I wish I had the time to help you, darling! Unfortunately, I'm already spread thin."
And finally I have arrived at the fourth where I WILL STOP RESPONDING TO REQUESTS ALTOGETHER. Unless it's from someone I know or something that I want to spend my time on.