As a reviewer and a writer, I have to agree with this post over on Lit World Interviews. It’s fine to be both a writer and reviewer, but it’s important to be careful. I pride myself on being a fair reviewer. If I don’t like something, I just give my opinion and state that it may appeal to certain people. I have recommended books I’ve rated 2 stars. I always recommend every book I review, but I often focus on a certain group of people who may enjoy it more than I did.
Of course, it’s also important to make sure there are no feuds or bad blood between authors. Not a good idea. So, I am never insulting in my reviews. I always try to be constructive and also state what I think is done well every book. I do want to support all authors.
It’s important not to tarnish your brand when you’re in the public eye – or to invite others to tarnish it for you. No matter how small a fish you might think you are. As an Indie author you really do have to be reading books by other Indies as well your traditionally published favourites, and leaving reviews for our peers is absolutely necessary for the good of the whole tribe. I will ask you one question though – how many times have Dan Brown or J K Rowling publicly published a bad review of their peers? They don’t, because there are reviewers out there who get to do those things, and they probably don’t want to get into barnies with other scribblers either. If you have set yourself up as a book reviewer as well as an Indie author that’s fair enough, as long as you’re prepared to take…
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