Book Blogger Confessions: Author Interactions

July 1, 2013 Book Blogger Confessions 14

Book Blogger ConfessionsBook Blogger Confessions is hosted by For What It’s Worth and Midnyte Reader. On the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month they will pose a question for book bloggers to answer and discuss.

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?



14 Responses to “Book Blogger Confessions: Author Interactions”

  1. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    I pretty much am exactly the same as you with this. I almost never tweet authors my reviews, only if it’s a 4 star or up and I didn’t have any major concerns. Sometimes I even get a bit ranty with books I like, so I would never tweet that review.

    Also, I rather like when authors comment, so long as they’re being polite, sincere and grateful. If they’re coming to correct me or something, um no. But that hasn’t happened. My only bad author experience over a review was on Twitter.

    • Kimberly

      Yeah I don’t get tweeting out 3 star or less reviews. It’s enough to say that you don’t like their book in a review no need to “shove it” in their face.

      Thankfully I’ve only had good author comments. Seeing those comments are awesome, as long as they are professional.

  2. Karen

    I used to tweet authors my review on occasion but now I don’t even do that very often. Maybe if it was a review request because I agree to let them know when I post it. But if it’s a negative review I email the link. No need to rub their nose in it lol

    I don’t want to think of anything other than my own opinion when I’m writing my reviews.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Kimberly

      I completely agree that there is no need to rub their nose in it.

      I also agree that I don’t want to think about anyone else’s opinion when I write my review, if I did I would probably just give up!

  3. Midnyte Reader

    Haha-I feel the same way. When I’m really obsessing over a review for *any* reason, I just remember that not a ton of people are going to read it so I need to be myself. I agree that letting the review speak for itself is the best way to go. Also, yeah, it’s wise to keep interactions professional at the very least.

    • Kimberly

      Yeah sometimes it’s good to be a smaller blogger. For me it’s less stressful!

      Even though its just a hobby for me, I feel strong that you need to be professional, because hobby or not I’m representing myself.

  4. Alexia

    When an author retweets my review I feel honored.Especially if it’s a negative review.To me it means that they valued my input even if I didn’t enjoy the book very much.I tweeted one author after I gave her book a low rating and she responded with so much class.

    Personally I don’t think that a friendship with an author needs to be disclosed. It’s no one’s business who you are friends with.Plus if you mention a friendship with an author whose book you just gave a high rating people might say “Oh well they’re friends.That’s why she gave this author a high rating on their book”

    • Kimberly

      An author retweeting a negative review says a lot about them. I think it’s great that you had a great experience with it, though I’ve heard of several bad experiences.

      I think friendship (not a GR/Twitter relationship, but a friendship) should be disclosed because I feel it’s dishonest not to and I’m not likely to trust that bloggers opinions if they don’t disclose their friendship.

  5. pabkins

    I agree! you know it hadn’t even occurred to me that someone might write a review with the specific idea in mind that the author would read it, until this topic discussion came up. I think most bloggers have in mind the publisher/publicist is going to read it. I do feel awesome when an author comments!

    • Kimberly

      I don’t even really think about the publisher/publicist when I write my reviews. I totally geeked out over my first author comment. The fact that they take the time to comment is awesome!

  6. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    I’ve only been blogging for a very short time so my opinions are primarily based on common sense, but I certainly agree with what you’ve posted here.

    I will only contact an author (Ordinarily via Twitter) if I really enjoyed their work and/or posted a positive review of one of their works on my blog. I would never go out of my way to alert an author of a negative review as that seems both mean-spirited and extremely callous. If they happen to find it on their own that’s one thing, but to purposefully point it out seems needlessly cruel.

    As I mentioned, because my blog is so new and I have only a very small following, I don’t feel as constrained as I’m sure some bloggers do when it comes to writing reviews. There’s likely a very small chance that my review will be seen by the author, so thankfully I don’t feel the need to censure myself in order to spare anyone’s feelings. That said, I always try to provide a thoughtful and balance review whenever possible, and will try to mention at least one aspect of the novel I did like, when I can, even if I otherwise was not a fan. I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings and it always crushes me when I have to write a negative review as I can only imagine how much time and effort went into writing that particular book :( It’s a tough balance to strike between honesty and sensitivity.

    • Kimberly

      “I would never go out of my way to alert an author of a negative review as that seems both mean-spirited and extremely callous.”

      I feel the same. It’s enough that I’m putting the review out there.

      I always look for the positive as well. I’ve yet to come across a book that had NO positives whatsoever, and I try to lead with those rather than lead with the bad.

      I don’t want to hurt their feelings either, but I will always be honest.

  7. ki pha

    Yes! Keep it positive and professional! You always have to be respectful. If you have nothing good to say, keep your mouth shut. And post up a good bad review. My experience with authors commenting on my review has been positive. Although one author did scare the heck out of me on a poorly written review I did but it was just a sincere question she posed. Other than that, I’m not so big of a blogger myself for authors to find my reviews. Unless I seek them out!

    • Kimberly

      I’d be terrified too if an author commented on a negative review, even if it was just a question. I don’t want to have a neg author experience ever!