Blogging 101 (3)

I’ve been blogging on an everyday regularity for 6 months now and I feel like I’m starting to really learn the ropes and know what I’m doing.  I have been wanting to let you guys know a bit more about me, my techniques, thoughts, likes and dislikes for awhile now.  I have been asked some questions, and others are questions I thought up.  I would love to have you participate.  You can answer the questions for yourself in the comments or make your own blog post (I would appreciate it if you linked it here, of course).  Take note that I am NOT an expert.  Many of these questions I will have over time I have no good answer to and am really hoping to hear all your thoughts. 

For this week my questions are:
How far in advance do you write up your reviews?  Do you write up the review as soon as you finish the book and then post it the next day?  Or do you post it when it fits in best?  Do you hold off on posting when it’s months until the books actual release? 

I always try to write up my reviews immediately after reading the book.  But quite often I just don’t find the time to do it right away.  I usually have them on autopost and post them on the next day that I’m ready for a review.  If it’s a book that isn’t going to be released for months then I wait until closer to the release date.  

What do you do when you read a book by an author you normally love or an author you communicate with on a regular basis and you hate the book?  Not just dislike, but actually want to give it a horrible review?

This is a good question.  I know that the right thing to do is just do the review and try not to be too negative about it in a way that may offend the author.  People are reading our blogs for honest reviews so staying honest is important. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this or if you have any stories to tell.  I’ve heard of people getting emails from authors asking them to please not review their books anymore.  To me that’s just wrong.  They have to accept that not everyone is going to love their book.  
When I accept a book for review and communicate with the author I try to make it clear that I do honest reviews.  I also only pick books that sound like I would really like them.  If they are wrote horrible then I would run into an issue and would have a hard time with the review. 

So what about you?  Please share your thoughts! If you post on your blog please leave me a link in the comments and I’ll check it out!   If you have any questions you would like to be asked, and answered, then please email me at candace_redinger(at)yahoo(dot)com
I plan to post questions each Thursday so I hope you’ll return for more!



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  1. I think honesty is important. I think we all try to select books that we will like, but every once in awhile we are going to come across one that we just don’t. In that case I’ve tried to point out what it was that I didn’t like and who I think might enjoy it.

  2. I made it a policy on my blog not to post a review of a book that I felt deserved less than 3 stars. That doesn’t mean that I’m not honest. If I really hated a book, I just don’t post the review on there. Authors pour their heart and soul into their work, and I am not comfortable with tearing them apart. That’s my thoughts on the subject.

  3. Emily I hear what your saying and I might have to go with that rule myself. At least on newly released, or to be released books. If a book has been out for years then I guess I don’t worry about it so much. I just don’t know if I can word a review to not sound too negative when I’m feeling quite negative. I guess I’ll cross the bridge when I get to it.
    And Theresa, I think your method sounds good if your able to write a review like that. I guess I have a hard time doing it in my head, but maybe if I sat down and wrote it I could manage.

  4. Great insight. I too will not post a review of a book that is less than three stars. Also, even with a three star review I focus on what I liked about the story and not on negative aspects. Everyone has different tastes and someone reading my review may have loved the book. You don’t want to alienate yourself from publishers, authors and your blog readers.

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