Well, I’ve had my blog going for a little over a month and I figured that, now that I’m settled and have some constant veteran readers I could reach out for some advice.
I said from the beginning that I am very honest my reviews (as you’ve seen already from some of my 2 star reviews) I’m not one to sugar coat although, I do feel guilty about it because I understand that there is a real, hardworking person with feelings behind that badly written or edited piece of writing. Thus leading to my dilemma. I love to reach out to the Authors I chosen to review (when I can) before putting a review up, letting them know what I do (maybe not all authors wish their writing to be paired with alcohol… BUT, WHY WOULDN’T THEY??), just in case they would like to post the review to their own websites and social media and also to find out if there is any information they want my readers to have to learn about them easier. Worst case I like to tag them in after the fact just so they know it’s out there.
What do I do about my bad reviews though? I feel it’s bad form to inform someone of a 1 or 2 star review. Or tag them in as if to say *THIS IS THE PERSON WHO WROTE THE BOOK I THOUGHT WAS TERRIBLE!* I don’t want to be rude, but I still want to be truthful. I also think that some writers may appreciate the feedback for the future (although, from past experience I KNOW that is not always the case)
Before I started my blog I was helping a young author edit and proofread her book and when I gave her my notes and even though I was going to give her story 3 stars she told me I didn’t “understand” her writing and that she preferred me not to review. Fair Enough. Some people just think that their writing is perfect and you can’t say anything to change that.
So, to anyone who can give ME some pointers (as I am willing to learn and grow and take criticisms) this goes out to writers and readers alike out there! Do I keep my mouth shut and just print the review without saying or tagging? Do I follow the age old adage of “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”? (although, I try to put a redeeming factor in all of my reviews. 2 stars should have had SOMETHING good about it) Or do I just keep doing my thing and tagging and contacting even if it may be bad news?
Please, if you have any tips or feedback on this (or really anything about my blog in general) feel free to comment below! I look forward to your responses!