Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
oday’s Topic: – 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?
Thought: I’ve never emailed an author about their work. To be honset I would never actually consider doing such a thing. This doesn’t mean I haven’t been in contact with authors about their work at all, but I never initialise it in such a way. I don’t see why it would hurt to contact them about whether you loved their work, but I think it’s crossing a line to contact them and offer criticisms about their writing, even more so when it comes to telling them outright what you disliked.
It’s rude when you think about it. Unless they’ve requested you to email them in regards to your feelings of their work, who are you to think it’s ok to initiate contact with a ‘hey, your story sucks balls?’ Of course that’s an exaggerated scenario, morons would say that, but I’m sure there are plenty of morons out there.
I know of some authors who would prefer to stay more aloof and not be contacted, not have positive or negative criticisms offered unless requested by them, and only go out of their way to initiate contact instead of being in the public eye. There’s nothing wrong with that and I believe you should leave well enough alone if it’s not apparent an author wants to be contacted.
I have been in contact via email and social media though. In the beginning I was intimidated by having my tweets retweeted, or a comment posted by an author on one of my reviews, and in one case where I was contacted by an author’s family member (they were lovely, just unexpected). I’m not so bad now, although I do have my moments, but I think having more of an opportunity to speak to authors has fortunately dulled down my fangirl reactions. Phew! Even when no one sees those reactions, I still get embarrassed by them.
I rarely am influenced by an interaction with an author. It depends on the interaction. If they’re rude or abusive for example, something that is rare but does happen, I will go so far as to avoid reading any of their work in future. I’ve banned two authors from my reading list, one in particular there’s no point in even suggesting them to me.
On the other hand, when they’re lovely, I am more willing and pleased to be reading their work, but I don’t let it affect how I see their work. This is more reserved for the authors I’ve spoken to on more than one occasion or are more than an aquantance.
I’ve come to enjoy being contacted by authors, having them comment on my work, and retweeting tweets. It’s not so much of a fangirl moment anymore, it’s more appreciation for them taking the time. They don’t have to and I don’t expect them to either. I would be just as fine without the contact, but whether it’s positive reactions or corrective criticism, I appreciate all of it and I know it wouldn’t be happening if it wasn’t for blogging.
What about you? Feel free to share in the comments or let me know if you’re taking part on your blog.