AUTHORS, SERIOUSLY: PLEASE DON’T TALK TO US – by Namera Tanjeem…

on Bookriot:

And by ‘us’, I mean reviewers.

Of course, people have said things like this before – Book Riot published an article six years ago saying pretty much the same thing. But that was SIX YEARS AGO, and since then, I really don’t think anything has improved. So I’m here to say it again: authors, for the love of God, do not reply to reviewers.

Since I was 18, I’ve been reviewing (on both Goodreads and my blog) every single book I’ve read. I’m by no means some sort of one-starring troll: my average Goodreads rating is actually 3.26, which suggests I’m pretty much bang in the middle. But if I don’t like a book, I’m not afraid to say exactly why that is. And that’s occasionally gotten me into some irritating interactions over the last three years, where specific authors have decided to personally send me abusive messages (or recruit their friends to do it on their behalf). Many of them were motivated by what I’m going to call Author Mistake

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3 thoughts on “AUTHORS, SERIOUSLY: PLEASE DON’T TALK TO US – by Namera Tanjeem…

  1. I’m surprised about not thanking a reviewer for a review. I can see why you shouldn’t respond to a negative one. After all, it’s only one person’s opinion, and, other people might have a different view; like the person who bought books which had too much sex for the reviewer.
    I have, in the past, thanked reviewers who gave a nice review, but I think now I will stop doing even that, although it goes against the grain not to say thanks.

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    • Personally, I’d prefer authors didn’t thank me for reviews, especially on Amazon where the algorithms might think my review was a favour instead of being unsolicited, and on Goodreads where the trolls live. I have to say though, trolls stopped quickly when I became a librarian there and reported them officially 😎

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    • “I have, in the past, thanked reviewers who gave a nice review, but I think now I will stop doing even that…” – I’m not sure you should. This is one reviewer’s opinion, and if it conflicts with yours, I say keep what you are doing.
      I usually leave a short “Thank you” on a review. To me, it looks like I don’t care if I don’t. But that’s just one opinion. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t applies here, I guess.

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