Hello those of you who still follow me! I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve been under the weather so all my energy has been focused toward that pesky day job I have. Since I’ve started to feel like I’m finally recovering, I decided over the weekend to make my re-debut back into blogging. And what a time I picked to do so!
To see what I had potentially missed from my fellow bloggers, I checked Book Twitter and goodness gracious was it on fire.
A fairly well known author had posted a tweet stating that it is always rude to tag an author in a review. Then an even more beloved author echoed this view. This of course set the book bloggerverse into upheaval.
From the tweet conversations many of us were having, we all seemed to really be feeling like crap. Were we unintentionally insulting authors by tweeting out our reviews and tagging them? Many bloggers, myself included, felt really demoralized and embarassed, as if what we were doing was an annoyance rather than a passion we all love pursuing.
Now, before I go any further into this, I feel like I should make a few things clear. Things that were definitely more or less agreed on by all the bloggers taking part in this discussion.
- We would never, ever tag an author in a negative review. Most of us only tag if we absolutely adored the book and rated it 5 stars.
- None of us tag an author with any expectation of a response, it’s more to say, “Hey! This book is AMAZING and here’s who wrote it!”
- We don’t get paid to write reviews. Some of us might make a bit of money off ad revenue or Amazon Affiliate schemes, but it seems many who do make money usually only make enough to cover their operating costs. Meaning we spend literal hours and hours of our lives and our own money for no reward other than the awesome reward of reading and connecting with other readers.
- We are still “genuine” readers even if we’re reading books with the intention of writing a review for blogs, websites, etc.
After awhile of tweeting back and forth about how awful we felt, the attitude seemed to shift more toward us being the offended ones. I mean, we’re just spreading the love of a book and author, how is telling someone their work moved you a bad thing? Like, I get being tweeted nonstop might be annoying, but that’s kind of the deal when you’re a public figure on social media. If you don’t want your fans to bother you, there are better ways to go about it then to tell us our praise is offensive.
When several reviewers and general fans asked how giving these authors praise is an annoyance, one of the authors replied that if he wanted our views he could find them himself. I think this tweet perfectly summed up my feelings on that response:
Eventually the authors more or less said they were only talking about negative reviews or people linking them to reviews from places like the New York Times, but by that point the authors had made so many conflicting statements over a period of several hours that it felt a bit hollow.
Luckily, several other authors spoke up to say they love fan interaction and to not let these two authors speak for them. This was especially true when it came to indie authors or those just starting out. So many of the latter thanked us whole heartedly for our time and effort spent promoting their books. That certainly softened the earlier blow we had all been recovering from!
So, I guess what I’ve really learned here is that when it comes to promoting more main-stream authors, unless I’ve been asked by the publisher or author to do so I won’t tag them. I’ll focus more of my energy on the incredible indie authors who need our love the most.
What are your thoughts on this? Were you part of the Book Twitter storm over the weekend? Let me know in the comments!