This week the topic is 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?
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Meeting Authors – have book will drive!
I absolutely LOVE interacting with authors! I’m sure many of you will agree that they are our Rock Stars! I will travel hours to meet an author that I love, or an author that I haven’t yet read a book by, if I’m excited about said book. Heck I just met Neil Gaiman last night – though I didn’t get to interact with him much other than saying I loved his book, got two signed and gushed over how I’m so excited to see him in the upcoming indie film BLOOD KISS!
Emailing Them – try to stop me!
I only email authors when I’m asking them for a interview or a guest post because I’d like to feature them on My Shelf Confessions. But because of that I end up emailing one or two authors each week. I have had wonderful interactions because of this. I almost always hear back from them and I think that for the most part they are happy to pitch in a few minutes of their time so that we can shine some spotlight on their books. This is what I think we are all about as book bloggers, spreading the word on the books we love (and sometimes the ones we don’t) and I think authors appreciate that. As long as its done with respect and tact. I’m so thankful for all of the kind authors that I’ve been able to interact with via email and all of their awesome guest post or interviews they’ve given us! I would not just email them if it were only to tell them I liked/disliked their book – why do that? Are there any of you that would? If so why cause I’d really like to know because that just seems strange to me.
Tweeting authors – mention I’m a junkie?
I think Twitter is there for exactly that reason – to connect with people that you may not ever do otherwise. I love chatting with authors on Twitter or responding to the random statements they make. It just makes my day when I get tweeted back at. It always make me happy like someone just gave me a big freaking cookie – you know? Now – If I have a review I almost always tag the author in it when I tweet it out. If it’s favorable of course – if it isn’t, well then I doubt the Author would care to read it anyway. That’s like sending hate mail in my opinion and that’s not what I’m all about. So if I don’t like a book why bother tagging the author in my tweet?
These are a few Favorited tweets I have where an author has either responded to me – or tweeted at me. I have to say Soman Chainani is one of my FAVORITE authors now because of his book The School for Good and Evil – if you haven’t read my review! Hehe – I scored a hug from him at BEA 2013 too – it just made my day!
Authors Commenting on Reviews – Here there be possible danger
I personally love it when an author comments on my review. Especially if I asked a question in it that I was really curious about. Jonathan Maberry responded to me once on an Amazon review I posted of V Wars. That blew me away and was like WOW they read what we think. It’s such an awesome thought knowing that the author might find out how much I personally valued a book they wrote. I was floored when Chuck Wendig commented on a review of mine here on MSC. So yes, I think it’s awesome. Of course the coin can sometimes flip the other way – what if we didn’t like their book and they commented? I haven’t had that happen to me, and yes I’ve written a few critical reviews. With that said I don’t know how that would make me feel. Of course I feel bad knowing that they might someday come across what I thought about their work. Honestly, I would think their book is like their child – it took them ages to incubate and birth that baby into existence! I would hate knowing someone might talk bad about my baby, but hey in my mind – the same goes for books as for children – sometimes you just have BAD SEEDS! I do try to make sure my thoughts are always about the book and not directed at the author.
Do Author interactions you’ve observed change how you view their books?
You’ve all heard it or seen it around the interwebbbs – the drama – the nastiness that sometimes goes back and forth between readers/reviewers and authors. I am so lucky in that I have not experienced any of this first hand. I try to stay away from the drama. I read a book because the book description appeals to me or because I’ve read a review that has made me want to read the book. And you know what VERY OFTEN I read a book because I’ve read a FLAMING REVIEW! Now, why would I do that? Because sometimes I just have to know why someone hated it so much. I can’t help myself, it’s that reaction to not turn away from a nasty accident you just want to see for yourself.
The drama I hear sometimes might reflect how I view the author, but ultimately if I already had planned to read the book, I still will. Because really – I’m about the books. Take me to wonderland or the danger zone or to the stars – that is what I’m after…take me there and make me believe it. If they can do that – then well it doesn’t matter to me if they and someone else are pissing in each others Cheerios, my cereal is safe!
Also, lets put this in perspective folks….are you NOT going to watch a movie that is starring some actor/actress that has ‘showed their ass’ in a negative way, especially if you were already excited about said movie before the drama came to light – say they’ve cussed out a stage hand, or done some ugly drama to people? I really doubt the overwhelming response to that would be “No I wouldn’t watch it” be Honest folks! – I’m still going to watch or read whatever I want! But hey – if I end up HATING the book, in that instance it will be one of those reviews I don’t feel guilty about writing and would totally not be sorry if they ran across it. *evil laughter!*
Tabitha the Pabkins