This is a book review blog. Reviewing books is what I do. Through this blog and even before, I have been lucky enough to get to know some pretty amazing authors over the last few years. I have been able to strike up friendships with many of them. Some of those friendships have turned into working relationships when they need personal assistance with their new releases, social media, and other things. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for each of them and knowing that the smallest thing I can do will allow them to spend a little more time writing. One thing that I have missed, since becoming their assistant, is reviewing their books and talking about them like I used to when I was just one of their readers.
See, as soon as I start working for an author where money is being exchanged, I stop reviewing their books. I figure that was proper etiquette because even though I feel like I would be fair, there might be a slant on my review just a bit. I don’t want to taint their reputation. I also figure when people know I am their assistant they may no longer listen to my feedback objectively thinking I might be trying to sell them on this author. I have tried to be careful. I will keep track of their books I have read on Goodreads and might add a sentence or two to my rating, but I don’t thoroughly review them like I used to. And I miss it. A lot.
Most likely, my one review isn’t going to make a big difference, but I still feel a little sad that I can’t put my review up on Amazon or Barnes & Noble any longer to help them out. I don’t even review them personally here on the blog. I try to talk them up on Facebook and promote them, but it’s just not the same.
I challenge you to look at reviewing a book as a gift to an author. Your review no matter how long or short, just might help a reader on the fence about a book. It will mean the world to an author knowing you spent the time not only reading their book but writing about it as well.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!