Friday, October 9, 2009

Apologies & a Question about Reviews

I'm new to this whole blog idea. I like it ~ and I really like the people I have met. I need to apologize because even though I have been reading your blogs - the last couple days have been so hectic that I haven't been doing very much commenting on them. I am very sorry about that and I'll try to do better.

I also am new to reviewing. To me it has seemed like a double-edged sword. I am not just a reader ~ I am an author who has yet to establish herself with anyone. I haven't been able to attend any conferences, and I am new to my writer's group (and shy) so I don't know these authors very well. One way I had hoped to build bridges and get to know people was by reviewing their books.

That's why I have so far only chosen to do reviews on books I liked ~ sort of following the old adage of if your can't say something nice - don't say anything at all. I read many more books than I review. Sometimes it is just for time restraints I don't do a review - sometimes because I think the book is older and may not be something people will be interested in... but sometimes it's because I just couldn't say as much good about it as I would like to - and I don't want to burn bridges. Maybe that is a total cop out.

There has been a lot of discussion about this lately. I don't write glowing reviews about books I don't like - but I have been told that when a person only shares good reviews, their credibility goes down with readers. I guess because I never really meant to be a "reviewer" exactly ~ but rather an author who occasionally does reviews in between working on her writing... I didn't worry so much about seeming like a pro. However, the criticism did hurt.

I also see their point; reviews are meant to help people make decisions about books that will or will not be good purchases. So, only writing good reviews doesn't help there - if you are writing them about every book you read.

Add that to all the bru-ha-ha about the new laws coming out, and it really makes it seem as if all I do is fluff pieces in order to please my fellow authors. I can only tell you that isn't true. While I didn't want to offend them, and I did want a way to get to know them and introduce them to me and my work... However, I never would compromise and lie about how I felt about a book in order to curry favor.

I guess this all boils down to this: Do you think it is worthless for me to share reviews if I only do them for the books I like? Do I need to add reviews about the other books and just try to be as kind as possible and let the chips fall where they may?

Oh ~ and my laptop was delayed by Dell - again. I was supposed to have it on Tues - not it won't be delivered until next Tues.... (maybe). Patience... I can be patient, right?


  1. Mornin' Peg. I am not good about commenting on blogs--but now that I know what an encouragement it is I am going to make sure I do it more often. I've already told you I love your site. About the reviewing--I admire anyone that can write a review. I can write a story--but don't do well on reviews because I am too wordy--. Don't give it up. julane

  2. Hello :)

    Well, I can understand where you are coming from. I don't like giving bad reviews either. Thankfully, I don't read that many books that I don't like but when it does happen I usually try and point out the positive and mention that I didn't enjoy the book but that doesn't mean that someone else won't.

    But if you just want to review the books you like I personally don't see anything wrong with that...I mean it is your blog and if you choose just to mention the ones you like than that is your right.

    Hope your dell arrives soon! :D