I see that author vs. reviewer drama is still a thing. I can’t imagine it stopping until public reviewing goes out of vogue but hey ho, there we are. And as the vast majority of bloggers seem to be highly against authors commenting on reviews and comments of their own books, which is their prerogative and it’s worth remembering that many won’t appreciate the feedback. So I feel it important to tell you: Authors. You are welcome here.
Of course, if you’re a dick, that won’t stand. But that goes for any commenter and really, it should go without saying. But this is a public space and I’m a firm believer in freedom of discussion in public places. If you wish to tell me you liked my review, or correct me on a misunderstood fact, or just have a little discussion, please do so. I love discussion. I love getting my facts right. I love hearing that my words are enjoyed or at least appreciated. It is why I’m still book blogging after all this time and all of the irritating mental health issues.
In return, I promise to never be snarky and/or nasty about your work. I understand that you put a lot of time, care, and love into your stories and it is not at all easy to get them down, polished up, and picked up for publishing, and I’d hate to hurt anybody’s feelings. That’s not to say I will never highlight any criticisms I have but they will always be constructive. This is the kind of space I have here.
Now, if somebody could make an ‘Authors Welcome’ version of the ‘Santa, please stop here’ signs, that would be great!