Carolyn’s Tips For Reviewers

Lately, there’s been a lot of tweeting and other discussion over a blog post by an author in which she gives helpful tips about how to review books AND remain besties with the author.

I thought I should weigh in with my own tips, so here they are:

  1. You should give your honest opinion of the book.

You’re welcome.

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15 Responses to “Carolyn’s Tips For Reviewers”

  1. Solange says:

    Carolyn~

    You have managed to synthesize reams of advice, excuses, and laments into nine words of truth.

    How do you ever expect to get anywhere doing that? 😉

  2. Mara says:

    Brilliant. Bless you.

  3. Liz says:

    Thank you. It shouldn’t even be a question, really. As a writer, I want people’s honest opinions of my stories, no matter how brutal. I think I’d be more hurt if someone pretended something was good to “protect” my feelings than if they told me straight up that it sucked.

  4. ashok says:

    It goes without saying that a review must be honest as should everything else. However, there are times when i did not like a book and skipped giving a review. Silence is not dishonesty and I prefer that to hurting someone when I am not absolutely sure if that is the right thing to do. Civilized legal systems function on the same principle and give the benefit of the doubt to the accused rather than the prosecutor.

  5. Thanks for the props!

    Ashok: Yes! There is nothing wrong with deciding not to review a book. Silence is a form of speech as well.

    The post I was reacting to went into great detail about how reviewers should frame their reviews so as to make the author happy, and in my opinion, that’s just wrong.

  6. >how reviewers should frame their reviews so as to make
    >the author happy

    What about sending the author chocolate? I’m all for that. That would make me very happy indeed. 😉

    To be honest, the whole lamenting about mean reviewers really gets on my nerves. Reviews, as one should know, are not meant to make the author happy, but to inform other readers about the dratted book. Duh.

  7. This rocks! I was pretty upset about the other blog post giving shoddy information to people 0_0 as a book blogger myself I want honest and fair reviews for every book I read!

    April @ My Shelf Confessions

  8. Anna says:

    I haven’t started my ARC yet. Been a little nervous about writing a review, but it will be honest and respectful. I’m not a writer or blogger. My reviews are pretty basic yet I will try my best to write a good critique of Not Wicked Enough.

  9. Anna:

    You should write a review that reflects your opinion. Don’t be nervous at all!

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  11. Marie says:

    This is why I LOVE book blogs and reading reviews by other readers. Life is too short to waste one’s time on bad books.

  12. Karlynp says:

    Great advice, and really all that is needed. I am an avid romance reader with a large group of online book reading friends, and we often encourage each other to write reviews so we know each others thoughts. Reviews are by and for readers. And while authors do gain sales if the readers give great reviews, authors should not be encouraging, manipulating, gaming-the-sytem, or soliciting readers for those 4 and 5 star reviews of their book. I liked that her blog encourages all readers to write reviews, but the rest was too much of a ‘how to please the author’ guide. Authors who think readers owe them ANYTHING need a reality check.