Join 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?