This discussion is inspired by two things that happened to me recently. First, I received a comment from an author on my review of her latest book disagreeing with my assessment of the book although not necessarily in a mean way (I don't think?). Second, I received an email from an author thanking me for my review of his book -- it was very nice but I was surprised by it. Now, I want to put both of these events into context -- I did not tag either author on twitter or other social media or otherwise try to promote either review (other than the automatic bloglovin tweet that happens with every post) but I did upload feedback to NG/Edelweiss for both books. Neither review was negative -- both over 3.5 stars but I was definitely surprised and a little startled by both interactions and I wasn't sure how or if to respond. Now, I know popular bloggers (which I do not proclaim to be) have probably experienced both such events and probably many times over but since they both were a first for me, I'm wondering:
What are your own rules regarding interactions with authors?
I personally have never really had any rules for interacting with authors, mostly because I'm off the radar for most authors and it doesn't come up other than I would NEVER tag an author in a negative review. But after these two events last month, I started thinking about it more. Full disclosure: I didn't respond to either the comment or the e-mail. However, I didn't delete the comment either because that seemed almost worse. The most interaction I ever have with authors is on twitter-- sometimes (not often) I will respond to my favorite author's tweets if they are asking for book recs or the like and I do tag authors on extremely favorable reviews and sometimes on memes like Waiting on Wednesday or giveaways of their books (not reviews) in hopes of promoting both. I know a lot of bloggers don't do even this anymore because of perceived bias and because of other book bloggers' negative experience with authors but I haven't yet had that problem personally and, truth be told, I want an author to know if I loved their book!!
As always, these are just my thoughts -- I know a lot of book bloggers have posted discussions far more encompassing than mine but this is on my mind right now. I want to know whether you have any "rules" for yourself regarding interactions with authors. Sure, we all know not to tag an author on a negative review but what do you do if the author interacts with you first? And do you actively seek out author interaction and, if so, how and when? No judgment here, I just want to know!
WHAT DO YOU THINK and HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH AUTHORS?