I have seen some discussions about this online and authors get really confused. Inspired by the 3 Stars Rating Event, I decided to create this as an opportunity for us, book bloggers and reviewers, to write our opinion and let the authors know what we expect from the authors when we post a review of their book(s).
Should Authors Comment On Reviews?
Some big publishers out there used to -and some still- instruct their authors never to reply to a review. Why? Because there have been some terrible experiences with authors taking a harsh position towards the reviewer. Publishers don’t want their names to be associated to this type of mess, so to prevent that from happening, I believe that was the action they decided to take.
No matter the rating, as long as they reviewer was respectful, I believe a polite “thank you for your time” email is always the best approach to authors – especially those who don’t know much about the place the review had been posted. Now if you know the blog’s readership and the blogger, you can have the liberty of leaving a comment and engage a further discussion.
If you can’t contact the reviewer directly, you can always contact the website via email and tell them to please thank the reviewer for you – they will receive your kind note.
And you can always develop a relationship with the blogger for future events by contacting them. Even a simple “thank you” is good enough.
In Doubt – ask before commenting! And if you don’t have something polite to say, then stay quiet!
I believe that a note through Goodreads, Twitter or Facebook is not appropriate, and some blogs that have more than one reviewer usually don’t encourage authors to leave comment. Now, want to use those 3 places to share the review? Please do, we love it, we highly appreciate and thank you for that!
Reviewers feel more pressure when they know the author will read the review? Readers get intimidated knowing that the author will read their comment? According to my experience from being a book bloggers and reviewer for a year, from what I could observe, my answer is NO!
What do you think? Are you a book blogger or author?