“Let’s Talk” is something new I’ve recently started here on Epilogue. It’s basically a time where I can have a heart to heart with all of you awesome people. Hopefully it’ll be a time where we can interact and share are thoughts and feelings!
This topic is one I am sure many of you are familiar with: authors commenting on reviews. I have heard a few different opinions on this, some in discussions and some in passing comments. It strikes me as a “hot topic” right now and I’m not really sure why.
Personally, I LOVE getting comments from an author, even if it’s just thanking me for taking the time to review their book. If an author asks me to review their book of COURSE I expect them to read my review, why wouldn’t they? I feel that they have as much right to comment as anyone else, as long as they remain respectful (just like reviewers should remain respectful in their reviews). To me that’s no different from what any other commenter should do! Now one thing I seem to have heard a lot is “I don’t mind if they comment on a positive review, just don’t comment on a negative review.” To me that’s not very fair. When they give someone a book to review they don’t say “I don’t mind you writing a positive review, just don’t write a negative one” (at least none have said that to me). The main thing is respect. If an author, or normal commenter is going to write a hurtful comment: DON”T COMMENT.
I pride myself on writing fair, respectful reviews. When I see reviewers who start saying things like, “They should just go kill themselves, they can’t even write a good book” or “Seriously, how could they think ANYONE would EVER read this crap.” I think the reviewers are just being rude. Someone who would be so cruel is probably not worth the time to comment too. Besides, any comment an author would make would be dissected or taken as mockery. However, on a normal negative review where the reviewer points out what they didn’t like and why the book wasn’t for them, why shouldn’t an author thank them for their time or for their constructive criticism? They are helping the author become a better writer and oftentimes they (the reviewers) were asked specifically so the author can hear their opinion. I don’t see what’s wrong with that…
So what’s your opinion on the matter?
If you’re an author do you comment on reviews for your book? Does it matter if it is positive or negative? Do you comment even if you didn’t ask them for a review?
Fellow reviewers: do you agree or am I completely off base and just don’t understand the issues? Have you ever had a bad experience with authors commenting?
Let me know what you think, I would love to hear all your different opinions!