Do author comments make a difference? | Fun Questions

May 31, 2014 Fun Questions 16

Fun Questions LogoJoin me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Do author comments make a difference?

I get absolutely giddy when an author comments on one of my reviews. Especially when they didn’t ask ME to review their book. When an author requests a review from you, they’re watching your blog for the review. I even let them know that I’ve posted the review. So a comment isn’t that unexpected. But every now and then I get a comment from an author who had no idea I was reading their book. I’m guessing that they have an alert setup for when their book gets mentioned. It makes sense. I certainly would. But that doesn’t mean they have to comment. So when they do I get really really excited. An author – yes I realize they are humans too – commented on my review! I read it over and over. My grin is ear to ear. It makes my day. Am I weird? Does that happen to you?

But there are other times that author comments make an ever bigger impact on me. When the review – mine or someone else’s – wasn’t especially positive. They didn’t like the book. Maybe it was even a DNF for them. And the author comments. Even if it’s not my blog I see their name and I pause, suddenly nervous. Oh no! They saw the bad review!! Duh! Of course they saw the bad review! The same alert that brought them to the good one will bring them to the bad one. But I think I’m shocked that they commented. I mean, wouldn’t it be easier to just run away from the review? I mean, even the nicest, most positively written bad review is still… well BAD. It stings. But they haven’t run away. They’ve responded. And I read it, wondering what they will say. And then I read something uber-professional like “Thanks so much for reviewing my book and I appreciate your honest comments. You make good points that I’ll definitely keep in mind in the future,” I smile. This author has just earned my respect.

If it wasn’t my review, I find myself going back up to look at the book to see if maybe I might actually like it more than the reviewer. Because I want to give such a decent PERSON a chance. I want to read their book more than if they hadn’t commented. If they had run away, I probably wouldn’t have thought so hard about whether or not I agree with the review or not. I have way too many books on my TBR as it is – so if someone who I follow didn’t like a book, I probably won’t waste my time on it. But that author’s comment just made me think twice. And in one instance at least, I ended up liking the book.

Is it just me? Do author comments make a difference for you?

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16 Responses to “Do author comments make a difference? | Fun Questions”

  1. A Voracious Reader

    I don’t mind author comments, but I don’t expect them and I don’t let them affect my future reviews. No matter if the author is the most mild-mannered sweetest author on the planet or the author is an asshat. I like a book or I don’t. lol
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    • Berls

      I agree – when it comes to writing a review I try to make sure the author isn’t in my mind. The review is of the book – not the person, whether I love them or dislike them. But seeing an author’s response can totally make me respect them more or less as an author (depending on the response lol)
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  2. Felicia S. ( @ thegeekyblogger)

    I think I am the opposite of most people, I like to live in a bubble thinking an author has never seen a review that I have written (though I know that isn’t true, I prefer to think it). I have only had a few comments on my reviews from authors over the years and all of them have been very professional and sweet. I try to “forget” those happened though because I want to be as honest as possible when relaying my thoughts. I am more likely to “curb my thoughts” if I thought they were reading. So I don’t foster relationships with authors (aka don’t really work one on one with them and at conventions I don’t mention my blog to authors at all–I do to readers but not authors). That being said, I do kind of go “OMG Really” if I run into one at a convention and they are like “I know you”. I just pretend they know me from my discussion posts LOL 🙂
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    • Berls

      I tend to assume no authors will see my reviews – probably in part because I want to keep them as honest as possible like you – but also because I just figure my blog is not that big. Why would they see it? So it’s always a surprise and a treat when an author does see one for me. I haven’t been into any conventions yet, but I’m kind of assuming they won’t know me LOL.
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  3. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I haven’t had an author comment on one of my reviews for their book, but I have had a couple comment on reviews I did of other books and it turned me into a total shrieking fangirl. Heck, I remember when Diana Pharaoh Francis commented on your review of her book and that turned me into a total shrieking fangirl too. Those were obviously positive experiences, and yes, when I see that, it makes me like the author even more if I’m already familiar with them, and piques my interest if I’m not. On the other hand, if I see an author behaving unprofessionally in response to a review, I will write them off almost across the board. Maybe that’s not fair, but I can’t help it. If I see an author attacking a blogger, I instantly lose respect for them, and I want no part of their work.
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    • Berls

      Diana Pharaoh Francis commenting on my review was a highlight of my blogging year 😀 And did you see that she has two books scheduled – starting in 2015 – to complete the Horngate Witches series?!? I’m so thrilled!! And she tweeted me! LOL Fangirling hard!

      Okay- back to the point of this post – I also feel like seeing an author attack a blogger just makes me write them off. If they can’t act professionally, I see no point in supporting their work. Period.
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  4. Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

    I have personally not got a post from an author yet, but I try not to shy walking away from writting a bad review simply because the author may see it. I want to put my opinion out there and being honest. When an author writes a book they have to expect that there will be people that will love it and hate it. You have to learn to have thick skin.
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  5. Julie S.

    Omg I feel the same way when an author comments on a bad review. It’s like ouch why did you even read it. But it is amazing when they are still thankful and positive about it! I rarely get authors to comment unless it is part of a tour and they’re watching the post. I think that applies to indies a lot. More mainstream authors don’t have the time. But I do love when they favorite or share a tweet.
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  6. Stormi

    I have had some comment on my reviews but I never really expect them too. I think a lot of them see it when I review what I get from Netgalley or something like that because I try and @them on twitter so then know I posted and some will check it out..I get scared that one is going to see a negative review and I actually had one comment on a review that I gave like a two star to once and was mad..though I didn’t understand because everyone else that commented on my blog said they would pick the book up…lol…authors.. 🙂
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    • Berls

      That stinks that they were mad 🙁 That’s one of my fears – but I think authors should expect that not everyone will like their books. And if everyone was saying they would pick it up, then your review helped spread the word. Too bad, can’t win em all!
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  7. Kritika

    I love this discussion post! I’ve never had authors comment on my reviews, but I’ve had some like my review of their book on goodreads. Sometimes it’s a very mediocre review, and I feel bad that the author sees me mentioning all the things I didn’t like about their book (but I also try to mention things I liked, so it’s not horrible). You’re right – it’s really great when authors are professional and take what you have to say as feedback and don’t get offended or sad.
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    • Berls

      Thanks Kritika! Sorry I’m so late replying – I’ve been super behind of late. Anyway – I know what you mean about feeling bad when you say bad things in your review and the author sees it. I always feel a little bad and hope they aren’t taking it too badly. But I had one contact me recently and ask if I would beta read because I made such useful comments in my review, so who knows, maybe they really do appreciate it!
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