Author interactions. Have you ever emailed an author to tell them you loved/disliked their book? As a book reviewer, do you think we should cross that line?
Do you mind when authors re-tweet or comment on reviews? Does that intimidate you in any way in regards to review writing, knowing that they may be reading it?
Do author interactions – both pro or con – change how you view their work?
I’ve never emailed an author to tell them that I liked their book, but I have tweeted some of them, but only if I liked/loved their book. Personally I would never email/tweet an author if I didn’t like their book, I would let my review speak for itself. I think as book reviewers it’s fine to interact with authors as long as it’s kept positive and professional (if you are friends than I feel that should be disclosed, in my opinion).
Author commenting on reviews is a bit trickier. I personally don’t mind if authors comment on reviews, but I’ve also never had a bad experience with an author commenting. I think authors do need to be careful on the reviews they comment on and what they say, especially if they are commenting on a less than positive or average review.
I don’t think about the author at all when I’m writing my reviews. I’m not a big blogger so I feel like unless I seek the author out they aren’t probably going to read my review anyway so why worry about it?
How do you feel about interacting with authors?
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