I am totally new to the blogging/review thing and so far, I am absolutely loving it. I love reading and so far I have honestly enjoyed the ones I have read for review.
My question is: Have you ever had to give a bad review? I am interested in being honest with my followers, but would never want to hurt the author. I want to be constructive in my critique, but not destructive to the writer.
I would love to hear from some of you who have already encountered this and hear how you handled it, and what the author's response was to you.
I read a book that I just could barely make it through and said some nice things about the book but also gave what I didn't like as to not be too harsh. However, a good friend of the author posted harrassing comments to me on my blog, my goodreads account for weeks afterwards. I would still do it again as I think it is only fair to give your honest opinion. I don't want to lie about a book and have my blog readers mislead. Hope this helps.
As an author I never like hearing negative reviews however I also realize that not all people are going to like my stories. I can appreciate and respect a readers review if they give good reason why they didn't like the story. Their advice may be something that is truly valuable for me to consider for my next book.
Now as a reader who does book reviews, I have my own set of rules. I review every book that I pay for regardless of whether I liked it or not. If I receive a review copy for free and don't like the book then I simply notify the author or publisher that sent it to me and let them know I can't give a favorable review and then I thank them for giving me the opportunity to read the story. If I pay for a book and don't like it I try and find positive aspects of the story or writing style but I also give my honest opinion. I've had to do this a couple times now. I do have to confess that if an author is well established I will be harsher than with a newer author trying to get established. I did a very negative review for one of Stephen R. Donaldson's recent books. He's been writing for over thirty years and my review is not going to make or break him so I feel I can have a little more freedom with the review. If I truly enjoy a book I will often do author interviews on my site or even book giveaways but I'll be honest there have been few really good books lately. (sigh)
Daniel L Carter
Author of The Unwanted Trilogy
This makes alot of sense to me...I would never want to crush a new author. The point you make about whether it is a book you have been given to review versus one you have paid for is very true and I hadn't looked at it from that perspective. Also, the author's experience should also factor in there as well. I am in the process of writing a review policy for my blog and I think this is a point that I would like to be very up front with when someone requests a review.
Thanks for the great insight!
Very true...I want my reviews to be fair and honest. After all, they are just my view on the book and maybe someone else would have a totally different take on it. I guess I just don't want to hurt or anger anyone, but I would want my reviews to be trusted and seen as honest. Thanks for sharing!
I am new too but I have already had a few bad books you can choose to not review some books if thats in your policy. I honestly will never give anyone a score under three because I would feel bad and if I don't like the book someone else might like it. So im honest about that. Like i'll say it wasn't for me but I know other people who liked it. I guess thats just the way I go about it.