Hosted by For What It's Worth and Midnyte Reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a bi-weekly feature where bloggers confess all about blogging or bookish topics.
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 I've loved their book, but I definitely Tweet them if I have, or if I'm enjoying their book halfway through! I think it's a nice way to open up a relationship, but I'm also a little wary that I'm creating some kind of unrealistic expectation - if I love their first book and tell them all about it, what happens if I don't like the next one? Will they go rogue?
I think the vast, vast majority of authors have enough common sense to thank a reviewer and leave it at that - there are a small minority that seem to think it's acceptable to 'fight back' against a negative (or even a not so negative) review, and that's what causes so many of these horrible author vs reviewer dramas that rear up from time to time.
I'm know I'm in a small minority here, but I don't mind when authors comment on my reviews, as long as it's respectful. I know that a lot of bloggers don't feel that it's appropriate, and I understand that too - but personally I'm always a little tickled to think that the author has taken the time to comment. And I love when they re-Tweet my reviews! On the flip-side, it does make me nervous when I'm writing a review, but it doesn't stop me from being honest. I always try and be as respectful as possible and always make it about the book, but it does stress me out sometimes - it's one of the few downsides of blogging.
Interacting with an author doesn't change my opinion of their work, but an author that interacts well with their readers does make me more likely to check out what their book is about, and occassionally has made me more receptive to trying their work.
All of these things have pros and cons, and it's a very individual thing on how we approach them, and my advice to anyone is to figure out how YOU want to interact and stick with it - don't feel that you HAVE to interact with authors if you aren't comfortable with it, and don't feel that you have to be the same as everyone else in how you interact. It's your space and you should be comfortable in how you use it.