Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Writing Wednesday: The Responsible Reviewer
It's not that I haven't been reading. I'm always reading.
It's more that I'm conflicted. I promised a few reviews to a few different people.... and didn't like their books. It happens on occasion. But not usually a few in a row like this. I've counseled others in the past about just this circumstance... and yet got myself into this position again.
Which makes me wonder about my own books, and the difficulty of garnering reviews. Do people feel that way when they read my book? Like, yeah I can't leave a good review so I won't leave one. Or maybe my reviews have rubbed other authors the wrong way and they don't feel they need to return the courtesy? It must be something.
But back to my current dilemma.
Books are subjective. We each like what we like, and have particular tastes for what "works" and what doesn't. For example, as I ranted a few weeks ago, head hopping drives me insane. Certain plot situations trigger me and / or make me delete a book immediately from my Kindle. I'm not going to leave a "did not finish" review - that's not fair to anyone. But.
How do you separate liking a person from not liking their book? And what do you tell them?
Do you tell them?
On a related topic - how can authors ask others for reviews when they don't return the favor? Not that it's a tit-for-tat kind of thing, but it does seem unfair in some way.
What are your rules for asking others for reviews, and for leaving reviews of your own? I look forward to hearing some opinions... and perspective...
Happy Writing - and Reading!