So, there was this huge discussion on twitter last night, and it all started with this:
Been told it's bad form to thank a reviewer, but just know IN GENERAL that authors really appreciate your going to the trouble to review.—
Steve Weddle (@steveweddle) November 26, 2013
Kat brought the whole thing to my attention, with many people chiming in – several saying things like “NOOOOOoooooOOOO! Never engage!” and “If you’re looking to receive a ton of one star reviews…” etc etc.
To this I have to issue a hearty Fuck. That.
As a non-paid, non-professional reviewer, there is little that lights me up like receiving a heartfelt thank you from an author whose work I’ve enjoyed.
I know I don’t write reviews that fit your standard definition, I know that I’m a bit on the irreverent side, and I know that seeking acknowledgement from a big name is just not going to happen. But when a “smaller name” author takes the time to read what I had to say about their book and they take two seconds more to tell me what my words meant to them? Yeah, it totally makes my day.
Because you know what sucks?
No, srsly. I’ve had several authors treat my reviews of their work like it was EXPECTED, like I’d fulfilled some OBLIGATION to them by writing about it and handselling their work to you guys. And I don’t do it FOR THEM, but goddamnit, I sell the shit out of your work, you can’t even take the time to acknowledge that I WROTE THIS THING ABOUT YOU?!
So. Those are the authors I don’t read anymore. Those are the authors I put on my mental shit list (cos, no – I’m not about go shouting about them in public, come on. I’m an asshole, but I’m a semi-classy asshole). Those are the authors who aren’t worth my time because all they care about are the google alerts they have set up for their names, not the actual people who took the time to read their work and share their thoughts about it. Fuck those authors.
The rest of you? Those of you who take a few seconds out of your day to @ me on twitter or visit my facebook page or even click on that contact link over there to send me a quick email? You guys rock.
So thank you for your words that moved me to write about you. And thank you for realizing that you need readers to be what you are.
(Oh, and go see what CheffoJeffo had to say on this subject, too)