This subject has come up a lot recently. Not only whether an author should comment on a review of their own book but should authors review other authors?
I review other authors if I like their book. If you see a review on my blog, it is because I liked the book. If I didn’t like your book, I won’t review it, but I will tell you privately, if you’ve asked me to review it, what I didn’t like and why. I believe constructive criticism is helpful and I would want the same treatment.
Should I comment on a review of my own book? Hmmm … it depends. If I know the reviewer and I’ve been on her blog before, chances are I will comment. If I don’t know the reviewer very well, I will thank them privately through email. I also believe that reviewers should respect the author and if they were given a free copy of the book to review, they should thank the author for it.
As for my own blog, I love comments so if an author wants to leave a comment on a review I'v done for them, then I'm all for it. I think readers like seeing what the author has to say. It makes them seem real.
I will be reviewing The Gates, by Rachael Wade with an interview this Monday, April 23rd for her blog tour.
My next review after that should be of Anne Carter’s StarCrossed Hearts another great book by a great author.
By the way, check out this awesome review by my brother as he gives his take on my novel, Whisper Cape, on his blog. He is my brother, so he might be a tad biased but it fills my heart with so much joy that he took the time to read my book and write such wonderful things about. With this review, I feel very confident in commenting and saying thank you.
Thanks for reading,