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Author interactions. Have you ever emailed an author to tell them you loved/disliked their book? As a book reviewer, do you think we should cross that line? Do you mind when authors re-tweet or comment on reviews? Does that intimidate you in any way in regards to review writing, knowing that they may be reading it?Do author interactions - both pro or con - change how you view their work?
Yup, I have! I wrote to authors when I was younger. I have reached out to authors before I started Love.Life.Read to share my love for their title, ask questions or work on assignments during graduate school.
As a librarian, I have reached out to see if they would be willing to do an author talk at my library. I have only done that with two thus far, and both have said yes.
I have received emails from authors, thanking me for posting reviews. The first that time that happen I almost fell out of my chair LOL. :) I maintain that anything I post up here are my thoughts, and my thoughts alone. I am never paid to do a review and I would not post a fake review either.
Retweets/commenting on reviews: it is crazy how social media has changed our interactions between author/reader and author/blogger relationships. I think that has blurred the lines that I think sometimes think that we forget to check ourselves before putting out that comment or tweet. I truly believe it has its positive--to be able to make a connection with an author is much easier than ever before. Of course, the same goes that readers can decide to write a horrible email/tweet/post to an author or an author can respond negatively. I think it also can make me reluctant to post a negative review.
Knowing that an author could see and comment on your review, does it make you think twice about what you say? Have you ever regretted posting a review before?