Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.
This week Billy asks: Do you ever get comments from authors when you have posted or tweeted your review?
I have gotten a few responses from authors: Some in comments here, some on twitter, and some on LibraryThing.
I have gotten a few negative responses from authors unhappy with my review. This is a euphemism for "the author responded and acted like a jerk or a petulant child." In those cases, the authors have generally been relatively inexperienced and mostly self-published. These exchanges have never made the authors in questions look good. These exchanges are also always authors who I have had no contact with other than my acquiring, reading, and reviewing their written work.
I have also had some comments from authors who were either complimentary of my take on their book, or simply appreciative that I had reviewed their book at all, even if I did make critical remarks about it as part of my review. Most of these authors have been traditionally published, all of them have been authors with a reasonably substantial publishing history. It appears that professional longevity in authors is associated with those who can remain professional even if someone is critical of their work in some way. Whereas authors who get upset and write angry missives when you don't give them a glowing review tend to have short and not very memorable careers.
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