Monday, August 26, 2013
Authors are also readers, inhaling our favorite genres as fast as free time allows. But should we leave reviews?
This is a discussion that has come up a half-dozen times this year, just among the authors I know. We want to do everything we can to support each other, but what do we do when we *don't* like a book? Do we stay silent, leave an honest review, give a courtesy high-rating, or just review books we loved?
I personally stay out of it. I hate not giving back and supporting the authors I've enjoyed, but I find the most comfort in staying neutral. If I love a book, I'll rave about it online, but not on a review site. If I were not writing, and just reading, I'd want to leave reviews for every book I read whether I enjoyed it or not--this kind of accuracy and honesty is something I value as a reader and writer. But I'm not good at tiptoeing around office politics, and leaving a poor review--even at its most constructive--for another author is something I still struggle with.
Many writers disagree with me on this. Do you? As a writer or a reader, how do you feel about authors leaving reviews for other authors?
Posted by Skylar Kade at 6:00 AM