Today on the ‘This Is My Truth Now’ blog, I’m posing a few questions to readers, fans, authors, and followers:
- Authors: Have you read and reviewed one of my books?
- Everyone: How do you feel about authors reading and reviewing each other’s work?
These are two questions which have been on my mind a lot lately. It’s a controversial topic, but I’m hoping to make it much simpler today.
AUTHORS: Have You Read and Reviewed One of My Books?
I ask this question specifically to authors because I want to be sure I’ve acknowledged and thanked any author who has taken the time to read and review one or more of my books. As a writer, part of my job is to see what other people think of my books. I check Goodreads, Amazon, BookBub, blogs, and social media daily to see any new reviews from any type of reader. If I’ve received a positive review, I always “like” it on the tool where the review was published. I rarely comment unless it’s on a blog post, as that’s more interactive to me. If I’ve received a bad review, I will cry. Okay, that’s not true… but it will make my day a bit worse. And I won’t like it. I’d rather the negative reviewer have an open mind and message me to discuss what they didn’t like.
ACTION ITEM: If there is an author who has reviewed my work, I would like to return the kind gesture. I generally use Goodreads to find reviews from authors, then pick one of his or her books to read and review within the next month. I can’t search every site or tool, so that’s what I use as my starting point to check for them. As of August 31st, I believe I’ve located all the reviews (not just those with a rating) and reciprocated by reading some of that author’s books too. If you’re an author, and you’ve reviewed my book, and I haven’t acknowledged it or reviewed one of yours, please let me know by responding to this post or privately. It’s accidental, and I want to be sure we’re supporting one another. Let me know, and I’ll correct it.
If you are an author and you want to exchange reviews in the future, we can definitely chat about the option. Once I’m caught up, I’ll figure out a schedule with you for the future. I definitely can’t open myself up to a lot of these, but if it’s the right genre, I’ll do my best once we establish an online relationship. That said… I am hoping to have a smaller TBR by end of 2019, so that I start the new year with room for more authors and books. My current goal is to get current with my favorite authors, series, and colleagues at my publishing house, Next Chapter, then I can look at other options.
Everyone: How do you feel about authors reading and reviewing each other’s work?
Some people think this is unfair or biased. Others think it’s acceptable. Amazon doesn’t like to see it. So many opinions… so much frustration. Rather than debate the powers controlling these things, I ignore them. In the last 4 years, I’ve posted ~900 reviews on multiple sites (Amazon, BookBub, Goodreads, my blog). If I’m reviewing an author who has reviewed my work, I will publish the review on Amazon under a different name. I’m not being sneaky. I would’ve read the book anyway. I stand by my feedback, ratings, and content. I CHOOSE what I want to read, and no one can tell me otherwise. But, in order to properly post the review, other methods are sometimes necessary. Even so, I include constructive feedback just like I would for any book. So… my general opinion is… be happy, pick what you want to read, review what you read, support your fellow authors and writers.
What I don’t think is a good idea is reaching out to other authors regularly to say “let’s swap reviews on each other’s books.” I’ve never done that… I have on occasion suggested it to an online friend who is an author only when (s)he and I have been chatting for a while. My TBR is long enough that I don’t want to keep adding to it for random authors when I already know hundreds whose work I really want to read. So… the key for me is establishing a relationship, understanding the type of writing and style and voice of said author, and figuring out how to help one another market our books across various platforms. Hopefully, that’s a clear difference to anyone reading this post.
Supporting other authors is essential. I choose my reads generally in the following order: (1) My favorite authors, (2) Book series I enjoy, (3) Authors who are friends, (4) Authors from my publishing house, and (5) Debuts from indie authors who have been following me and interacting with me for a long time, so I see the value in establishing such a relationship. It’s all on the up-and-up, honest, and helpful. From there… I rely on my ability to associate only with similar folks who are genuine and like-minded.
How about you? I’d love input on both questions…
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic Curveball, Broken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.