This week has been so busy for me and instead of catching up on the things I should have been doing to make my life easier I got caught up on Twitter, haha. Let it be known that I’m the Queen of Procrastination when it comes to doing things I don’t want to do.
With that said, I was caught off guard in my Twitter procrastination habit when I came across some quite negative threads. I’m not opposed to or even unaware of the negative side of Twitter (I think it’s just a reflection of how negative some people can be in ‘real life’) but I hadn’t seen anything so strongly discussed in the bookish community before. The topic was: tagging or not tagging authors in reviews. Some of the authors’ comments had me reeling…
I hadn’t even considered before this point whether it would be contrived as ‘rude’ to tag an author in a positive review. I mean… no one wants to hear bad comments about their pride and joy but positive comments? I found that so strange and quite frankly a bit inconsiderate. Here is a community that literally spends ALL OF THEIR FREE TIME supporting books, reading and the authors they love. Why would a positive reflection of that in reviews be considered rude?
I have to admit, I’ve been guilty of tagging some authors in my reviews (the positive ones, of course) and seeing the threads on Twitter had me panicking for a moment. Had I been unintentionally rude to someone by tagging them?! I have a small fear of offending people so this wasn’t a pleasant reflective experience for me. With that said, I soon began to think about some authors who had commented back on my tags. Their replies had literally made my day. Authors that come to mind are Cassandra Clare, Jill Mansell, Madeline Ash, Mariana Zapata and William A.E. Ford. Why is there anything wrong with that? I mean… we’re practically free marketing right?
At the end of the day, regardless of how ‘famous’ an author is, they still rely on their readers to maintain their status. If no one reads, or enjoys, their latest release? It’s a flop, right? In my opinion, regardless of stature, authors should be more open to being tagged in positive reviews. In the same vain, reviewers should be considerate of the nature of their review and make sure to never review the author but rather the book. In the end, aren’t we all just people trying to get along and do the things we enjoy? Let’s be nice to one another!
What about you? What are your thoughts on this topic?