Here is the question that was posed to us to blog about today.
Should Authors Comment On Reviews?
When I was approached to blog about this subject, I was a little reluctant. I mean, I have friends that are authors. Most of them, I don't review for obvious reasons. Some don't want me to review for them because I can be brutally honest in a review. I've been told that they would rather have me as a friend than a reviewer. I can understand and respect that from authors. If you follow this blog, you will notice that most reviews are for authors that I don't know or I have been asked to review their books. Even more so, the books that I have reviewed are from blog tours that I participate in, too. I do have authors that send me books, too.
I realize that reviews are subjective. Its a reader's opinion. And that's just what a review is...an opinion. Not everyone is going to love your book. Take 50 Shades of Grey...some reviewers have worshiped and loved that book; some of absolutely hated it. Does the author really care what people actually think of the series? Probably not. On the review sites that I frequent, she never once left a comment. What this particular author cares about in all honesty is the free publicity that she has gotten out of the reviews and the media. She has a movie deal now. Did she think that her fan fiction was going to cause this much media coverage? No, she didn't. I think that one of the reasons why she didn't comment on her reviews was because she knew better. Yes, she knew better than to post a comment. The reviews were polarizing enough.
As a reviewer, when I post a review I don't expect the author to comment. Shoot, I'm just happy if people come by and read it much less leave a comment. For an author to leave a comment is a bonus for me. I appreciate an author coming by and reading my review of their work but its not necessary for this reviewer.
The only thing that I ask authors to remember when they read a review of their work...we, reviewers, do not get paid for our opinion or our blog. We review books because we love to read. I am not God, nor do I think that I am God. I'm just a person that likes to read and write reviews. I know that I'm not popular with some authors and readers at times. I used to care but not so much anymore. My opinion is my opinion. I can agree to disagree with other reviewers/bloggers and authors. It happens more times than you think. On some review sites, they have dual reviews and its interesting to read the two different opinions on one book.
In conclusion...do I think that authors should comment on their review? I'm not sure. As a courtesy to the reviewer, an email would be nice. Comments? Depends on what kind of feedback the author wants from the review and the readers that have left comments.
Authors, feel free to leave a comment about the blog post. :) Reviewers/readers, what do you think? Do you like it when a author leaves a comment? Does it make you want to buy that author's book just because they left a comment?