Let’s talk about anything bookish!
I wrote a post about authors responding to reviews – positive or negative – and I am at that point where my views have partially changed!
Not drastically, mind you! Just about tagging authors in ANY review of their books. See, I follow a lot of authors on Twitter, not just for news about their books but their thoughts, among other things. A lot of the authors are actually pretty funny on Twitter or very informative.
Which brings me to the current topic – should we EVEN tag authors in positive reviews now? My thoughts on this have changed. In fact, I have stopped tagging authors when I review their books on my blog unless specifically asked to – like reviewing Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) or when I am participating in a blog tour for a book. With both, I have been specifically requested to tag them, so I do.
However, I have stopped tagging them in reviews of books that I just picked up on my own and not because I am participating in a book/blog tour.
And the reason is this – a few authors have spoken out about it on twitter about requesting bloggers just not to tag them. While I understand the reasons why a reader/blogger would tag an author, I also understand the reasons why not to.
I also saw a few book bloggers speak out about this and said they do not tag authors at all now – regardless of the review being positive. And again, I think about what reviews are for – they are for the readers and not the authors.
I will still be ecstatic when an author responds or retweets to reviews I did of their books even though I didn’t go out of my way to tag them. I know some authors who do this, and I am absolutely grateful for that.
I will still tag them on short reviews that I do on Instagram, though. My reason for this is simple – I almost always just write in a couple of sentences and a rating review for it and not really go in depth and discuss pros and cons of the book. I also think that Instagram is just a different platform as opposed to Twitter or your blog.
Do you tag authors in book reviews?
What are your thoughts about tagging authors in reviews? What about tagging authors on Instagram?