(Apparently this afternoon’s post did not, as it promised, have ALL the things).
I wanted to address something that came up on Twitter, regarding writing books, and writing reviews.
It came up because I was all “All you book bloggers and reviewers get ARCs but I want ARCs too! Why no author get ARC love?” and someone replied, quite logically, “Why don’t you review, then?”
Now, this is a bigger question. And it’s one that authors talk about a lot, with people falling on both sides of the review/no review spectrum. The issue is this:
Can authors review books? Or rather, can they review them *honestly* without it turning into a schmoozefest, or without fear of damaging relationships with other authors?
For me, personally, I believe the answer is no. I am a very picky reader, in that I read a LOT and like a good deal, but love very little. When I DO love a book, I will shout about it from the rooftops, and I will hand-sell it to everyone I pass (Stolen is a great example. I still shout on Twitter whenever it’s mentioned. I still push it on people in stores). But I’d say I fall in LOVE with maybe, maybe, 3 books a year. Out of anywhere from the 50-100 I read.
So, no, no matter how badly I want those advance reads, I won’t review. The only times I review a book are when I LOVE it and NEED to share. And so, the question again arises…how am I supposed to get books?? Shouldn’t it be easy? Shouldn’t there be some password, some wink, some badge??
No, I get books with bribes. COOKIE BRIBES.
So, bloggers, JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND 😉