It seems that 2012 will go down in book blogging history as the year that everyone got their knickers in a twist, forgot their meds or simply sniffed far too many marker pens.
But with all the bullshit, what about the authors who do the right thing?
Now I believe I'm in the minority when I say that I don't mind authors commenting on my reviews of their books - provided it's polite and appropriate of course. And I have to share a recent experience I had with an author, that's gone a long way to restoring my faith in the author-blogger relationship.
I posted a review of a book that I didn't particularly enjoy. And when I woke up the following day, I had an email saying the author had left a comment. It may be a sad reflection of the current hate-hate situation that my heart automatically sank and I felt a little ill. Was this going to be the dreaded snarky or downright nasty comment that I've so far managed to steer clear of?
Well, colour me surprised, the comment was mature, respectful and level-headed. The author thanked me for my review, acknowledged that I made some good points and offered me a copy of the second book in the series if I wished. A few days later he commented on a discussion post, again in a mature, respectful way. I emailed him and said I would take him up on his offer to read the second book in the series.
If you think I was surprised the first time, here's the real :-O moment. He didn't email me back with the book - he read my review policy, WAITED until I was accepting ebooks for review again, and then submitted the request through my review request page, despite the fact that he actually had my (non published) email address.
THIS is the kind of behavior that authors who want to have a good relationship with bloggers should use as an example. Respectful, polite and non-assuming. And what did this cost the author? Nothing. What does he gain? I'm going to read that book, for better or worse, and review it honestly.
And all of this just adds to my pissed offedness about the whole current arsehole author trend - because instead of us being focused on the authors that do the RIGHT thing, these dickheads with overblown egos and exaggerated senses of self importance are getting all our attention.
Bottom line? Play nice. Respect each other. Don't be an arsehole.