There’s an editorial post up on Dear Author today with a lot of negative talk about authors as bullies and authors who retaliate and encourage their readers to retaliate against bloggers and readers who post unfavorable reviews of those authors’ books. So I thought it would be a great time to reiterate that I support a climate of absolute freedom of speech when it comes to book reviews.
I’m grateful for any reader who takes the time to read my books. And if they also take the time to post a review? I’m humbled and honored, no matter what the tone or content of the review is. EVEN the one review of my book in which the reviewer said she threw the book in the trash when she was done. Yes, it made me sad to think of my book sitting in a trash can somewhere, but that was the reader’s right. I would never advocate bullying that reader or making her feel bad about her choice or her review, and if I met that reader, I would tell her “thank you for giving my book a try.”
I believe that once books are published, they belong to the readers. Whether you’re on my Reader Review Club, got my book in a giveaway, checked my book out from the library, got it second-hand from a friend, bought a copy–you are free to say or do whatever you want about my books, or not say or do anything at all. You owe me, as the author, nothing one way or another. Just don’t judge or attack other readers for what they do with or say about my books. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for using some of your precious, limited time to read (and maybe review) my book.