Hi everyone! I hope you’re well. Today I would like to talk about authors being tagged in negative reviews. Last year, I created Instagram and Twitter accounts for my book blog. One of the perks of these sites is that you can tag authors. So for example, if you post a link to a book review you can @ the author. Tagging an author means they receive a notification and can see your post. I think this is a great way for readers to engage with authors.
What I don’t understand is when people post a negative book review and then decide to tag the author. It’s something I’ve recently become more aware of. Writing a review is subjective and I’m not against negative reviews per se (as long as they’re constructive). But if an author has poured their heart and soul into a book, it seems unfair that they should be tagged and see a negative review.
I follow a few of my favourite authors on Twitter and have read their tweets about this issue. A few weeks ago, one author mentioned that they consider 3 stars a bad review. They also said that on bad days their heart can’t even take 4 stars. This actually made me stop and think. Whilst I would never tag an author in anything 3 stars or less, I have tagged some authors in 4 star reviews. As a result, I decided not to tag this particular author in my review because I had rated their book 4 stars. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the book, but I was more mindful about the author’s feelings. Instead, I only included a hashtag of the book title. That way, if the author or a reader wanted to find the review, they would actively need to search for the hashtag.
Of course, star ratings are only one aspect of a review and some bloggers don’t include them. You can still like a book and rate it 3 stars on Goodreads. The difference is when someone writes a bad review saying how they hated a book and think it’s acceptable to let the author know about it. My personal view is that there is no need to tag authors in negative reviews. It’s unnecessary and hurtful. If you don’t like a book, that’s fine. Reviews are for readers, not for authors.
Over to you! What are your thoughts about tagging authors in negative reviews? Do you tag authors in your reviews? Let me know in the comments!