A review from me does my friends no good. Why you ask?
Well, I’ve done some reviewing a while back and my reputation came into question. They asked me directly if I was promoting a friend, if I really liked it or was I just trying to bring up their sales.
To be honest. I was promoting a friend and I was trying to improve their sales. So, I stopped doing reviews.
I found another way to help my fellow writers when and if they let me. I share all my writing discoveries with them. I’ll read their work to help them meet their goals. I’ll be as supportive as possible to help them get where they want to go.
But no, I will not review their work. I’m too biased. I love their work before I read it because I truly care about them.
And what happens when I don’t connect or worse the story isn’t for me? I can’t lie. Not for anyone. I’ll be honest. If I have any reason to dislike a story, I’d rather bring it up when the writer can or might want to do something about it.
Sharing negative opinions in public can backfire. Some might question if I’m being petty or trying to get rid of the competition. Anyone who really knows me knows this would never be true.
So who should do reviews? There are so many book bloggers on the net right now you can’t help but hit several doing an internet search. You want reputable reviews? Then look for professional readers and reviewers. Check out their review guidelines and meet them. You will get honest reviews from people that don’t have anything to gain or lose.
Writers are not the only ones looking for book bloggers.
They are the go to place for the reader looking for a new read. The connection is made. The work is done. Use this resource. Visit and comment once in a while. Since most writers do more than their share of reading, you may find more than you bargain for.
| Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads | Ali @ My Guilty Obsession | Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer | Laura @ Laura’s Ramblin’s and Reviews | Ruty @ Reading… Dreaming | Sherry @ Sherry Fundin This and That | Terri @ Alexia’s Books and Such… | Adrianna @ She Got Books on Her mind |
We all need reviewers, please add your list of book bloggers to the comments. I encourage all of us to take notes 🙂