Now, I'm not going to go into the semantics and the 'he said, she said' of the thing. But I am going to make some comments regarding fair and critical reviews.
What puzzles me is that authors seem to believe they have the right to positive reviews?
It's important that we, as reviewers, are honest.
If you are an author, you're going to have to accept that there will be times when reviewers don't like your book - for whatever freaking reason they want.
We have no obligation to authors, except to be fair and honest when reviewing your books.
Our main obligations are to ourselves - our own consciences - and to our readers.
Most book bloggers (the ones who care, anyway,) are ever-conscious of the potential consequences of our words.
Because many of us are devoted to our readers in the same way that authors should be devoted to their readers.
I want you guys, my dearest nerdlets, to find books that you enjoy; books that stretch and challenge you, but don't hurt you.
I want anyone who reads this blog to be able to find books that reflect them, and books that reflect others.
I want people to have all the information they need to make the decision that's right for them - to think for themselves, based on fair and open information.
I review. I'm not here to fawn over the egos of authors. I'm here for the readers, and for the books.
But I know of very few bloggers who would purposely harm an author's reputation unjustly.
If anything, most of us have a tendency to sugar-coat things, or not complain about people who can act like jerks. Because, my God, some authors act like freaking jerks.
Also, we reserve the right to NOT review every book we read.
I read around 210 books a year. I quite simply cannot be ar*ed to write a review for each and every one of them. I don't have the time, energy, or inclination.
I review the books I have been given review copies of. I review other books if I have the time and, y'know, want to. The end.
But authors who DEMAND reviews from their readers (and there are some,) or guilt-trip their readers ('you read this, so if you don't review it, it's like stealing!' Um... how?) will not get any reviews from yours truly.
If you want to ask for reviews, do so politely. A simple 'please consider,' or a reminder that reviews help authors, is plenty enough.
Do you really want someone who doesn't want to write a review for your book leaving one out there in Internet-land anyway?
To roughly summarise, then:
- readers are not obligated to give authors anything but the price of the book at point of sale (not even that, if they've borrowed it.)
- bloggers don't have to put up with this level of sh**
- freedom of speech protects critique
- everyone has a different opinion
- acting like a jerk is not a good promo strategy
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