I like getting reviews, particularly the nice 5 star ones that boost my ego and make my day.
I know many authors who are friends and colleagues of mine would appreciate a review.
So, why did I stop writing them?
I've given this a bit of thought and it boils down to this---- I am uncomfortable publicly evaluating my peers on a 1-5 scale.
Let me put it this way. Imagine you are a public school teacher. How would you feel about posting an honest review of one of your fellow teachers on a site viewed by people all around the world? Even if the colleague is one you like and respect, the whole thing seems fraught with potential problems.
Will the colleague now feel obligated to write something similar for you?
What if you only give them four stars instead of five and maybe you make a tiny criticism? Will you feel a bit awkward the next time you run into them in the hallway or teachers' lounge?
Will all the other teachers expect you to do the same for them? Or worse, will someone ask you to write a nice review for them if they write one for you?
Yet, I want to be helpful and supportive too.
What should I do? I've come up with a system that I suits me. Although I don't post reviews on Amazon or similar sites, here's what I am willing (and happy) to do.
- Authors are always welcome on my blog to promote their books. Really, just send me an email or PM on Facebook.
- On Fridays, I host the Spanking Stories Book Club which features a discussion of a different spanking book each week.
- When I particularly enjoy a book, I often post a review (but without stars) here on my blog. I've got a couple planned so come back and see what I have to say.
- And, I am always willing (as time allows) to read WIPs for my colleagues and offer feedback. I'd even go so far as to say I'm pretty good at it and provide useful suggestions. Just ask.
Is this the best solution? I don't know, but it's the one I'm comfortable with right now.
Come back tomorrow for my review of Patricia Green's The Girl With The Thistle Tattoo.
And Friday we'll be talking about Dinah McLeod's Swift Justice.