Blogger Confidential: Negative Author Interactions

Posted May 24, 2012 by Emily in blogger confidential, Uncategorized / 8 Comments

Have you ever been faced with an issue while reading or blogging and thought: I wonder what other bloggers think about this?  No matter what genre or audience you blog for, we all face the same problems.  Are you a publisher or author wondering what goes on in a blogger’s (and by extension a reader’s) head?

Blogger confidential is a series of 9 questions asked to 10 bloggers about the nitty gritty details of blogging. Everything from what prompts a blogger to pick up a book, to what happens when a book doesn’t live up to its hype.  This series was inspired by Wastepaper Prose’s Author Insight series.

Have you ever had a bad experience with an author (i.e. in response to a critical review)? How did you handle it?

“Honestly, we haven’t! It seems like most authors understand the role of book reviewers, and while we always strive to be honest, we try to avoid being mean or cruel.” Sarah from Forever Young Adult

“Thankfully, we have not had a bad experience with any authors. We’ve managed to stay under that radar! We always strive to be honest and respectful and even in extreme case where we’ve actually hated a book, we kept the author anonymous.” Vanessa and Isalys from Book Soulmates

“I did. Very early in the game, in fact. I just moped a bit and tried not to be public about my anger. I was very new so I think I handled it a lot more calmly than I would handle it now.” Sabrina at YA Bliss

“Thankfully, I haven’t had a bad experience with any authors…and I hope I never do! I’m not one to be bullied, though, and I’m not afraid to defend my opinions. So if I were to have a bad experience, I’m prepared to put up a fight.” Penelope from The Reading Fever

“Nope and I’d like to keep it that way. I don’t know how I’d potentially react but I’m sure rampant screen-capping and reposting would be involved. The internet’s been around for about 20 years now. If people don’t know how to act on it by now then may their own feet taste sour.” Donna from Bites

“We haven’t! We try to keep most of our reviews upbeat and even if we didn’t like a specific book, we try to highlight things that we did enjoy!” Sash and Em from Sash and Em a Tale of Two Bookies

“I had a terrible experience with an author in the very beginning, along with her rabid fans. I tried to respond to her logically and explain that I didn’t mean for her to feel like I attacked her (she stated that it was as if I raped her), that I only reviewed her book and never mentioned her as a person. The review might have been harsh, but it was only my personal opinion. The logic didn’t work, she continued to call me everything under the sun (in a public forum of course) and her fans had their fun also. I decided to try to ignore it and the comments that I could delete I did.” Rachel from Parajunkee

“I’ve been lucky so far. I’ve gotten a few rude responses to declined review requests, but other than that, the large majority of the authors, publicists, and publishing companies that I’ve worked with have been fantastic.” Natalie from Mindful Musings

“No, I’ve never had a bad experience with an author but I’m always afraid that it will happen. I do my best to be honest in my reviews but I also emphasize the fact that what I say reflects how I felt about the book. So even if I didn’t like a book, I still encourage other readers to pick it up because they might have a different reaction. Most of the time, I end up not liking a book because I can’t connect to the characters and I feel like that kind of thing varies from one reader to another.” Chachic from Chachic’s Book Nook

“Luckily I haven’t. I know a
few authors who were hoping I would have liked their books more, but I
think they understand that not every books is for everyone. I totally
felt bad I didn’t like their book more than I wanted to. The only time
I’ve had problems has been with a few self published authors who didn’t
like that I said no to reviewing their books. At first it bothered me
that they got mad, as I explained that either it was a book that didn’t
fit the needs of my blog or they asked at a time when my review schedule
was full. Now that I’ve been blogging for a few years I don’t feel bad
any more/nor let it bug me when someone replies with a rude response,
and that might sound mean, but they’re choosing to get mad over
something like that, vs trying to understand why I can’t or won’t read
their book. Don’t get wrong, I do feel bad I have to turn requests down,
but it’s impossible for me to take every request that I receive.” Katie from Mundie Moms



8 Responses to “Blogger Confidential: Negative Author Interactions”

  1. I haven't had any bad experiences either and frankly, hope I never do. I'm sure it must have been emotionally exhausting for bloggers who've had to deal with this issue.

  2. I love this feature too! Sometimes when I get a review request that I have to reject I offer to promote it on twitter (by asking followers to take a look at it on goodreads or whatever). I once had an author of a picture book ask me to review. Since I'm only a YA and some adult fic blogger I declined, but then helped by tweeting about it. I liked that he wrote it with his young sons and since I'm an El. Ed teacher I love anything that promotes young writers! I have never had an author get mad that I didn't want to review their book though. I used to send out declining emails, but they rarely got answered so now I just don't answer them if I'm not going to accept the book.

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