Tonight, Steve Weddle and Chris F. Holm lit up the Twittersphere discussing an interesting question:
Should authors thank reviewers for positive reviews?
The responses were mixed, although I think the consensus was “Sure.” There were concerns about authors trying to curry favour in exchange for future positive reviews and about reviewers being creeped out or having difficulty remaining unbiased. The entire discussion made me realize just how lucky I am. This is not a “Professional Review Site.” This is a place for me to write what I want to write.
So I do.
It would, however, be prudent for me to formalize my position, lest anybody confuse my reviews for the professional, dispassionate or unbiased kind. With this clarification, I represent only myself and do not impugn the motives, opinions or work of others.
For immediate release.
CheffoJeffo’s Official Policy On Books, Reviews, Publishers and Authors
I hereby decree that, effective immediately and forever:
- I will be honest in what I write about your book, regardless of how I came to read it. Free is good, but only great is great.
- I don’t have time to write about every book I love, but I will at least try to @ you some love on Twitter. BTW, 4 means your book is totally wowsome!
- If you enjoyed something I wrote about your book and want to say so, then please do. I will gratefully accept all the thanks.
- If you are engaging and nice and it makes me love your books more, that is fucking awesome and I will tell all the people.
- If I write about your book, I promise that I will be neither dispassionate nor unbiased. Life is too short not to take sides.
Now that we have that out of the way, get back to work — I’m waiting for your next book!
ADDENDUM: Go read sj’s thoughts on the matter over at BookSnobbery. They are, as promised, both spiteful and awesome.