Dear Book Bloggers is a new feature that I may or may not continue. It's an open letter to the book bloggers about random happenings or ideas. It is entirely my opinion, but feel free to throw in your two cents in the comments.
See, there’s been a whole mess of trouble with negative reviews and hate directed towards bloggers who post negative reviews. Some bloggers are fine with it; others choose not to post negative reviews. Either way, it shouldn’t be a problem.
I you post a negative review, do it without attacking an author. That seems pretty simple, right? State what you found undesirable and move on. If a blogger is clear about his/her issues with a book, then there really shouldn’t be a problem. Is an author going to like it? Probably not. But don’t go tweeting about it and @replying the author with your review. That’s stupid and almost an open call for bashing.
Authors, for the most part, like book bloggers. We spread the word about their books, so keep that relationship open by using your head. Authors put their hearts and souls into their books and the last thing a blogger should do is tell them it sucks.
So make your life, my life, and every other blogger’s life easier and, like the British say, “keep calm and carry on.”
With huggles to go around,