Sunday, June 28, 2015

Discussion Post: How do you think authors feel about aspiring writers who review books?

My Discussion Topic This Week - How do you think authors feel about aspiring writers who also review books and/or run book review blog sites?

So this one is kind of personal for me. I'm an aspiring writer myself, and, as you can see, I run a review blog for YA/NA books.  But here's my story.  This might tell better in a timeline:

  • I was a member of Romance Writers of America organization from 1994 to 2010.  At that time, I wrote historical romances, and got really, really close to publication during that time.
  • In 2010 something rather significant happened in my life, and the joy of writing just wasn't there anymore for me.  I stopped writing and allowed my org memberships to lapse.  I didn't even read during this year.
  • Late in 2010, nearly a year later, I finally started reading again, and I fell in love with the YA genre.  I immediately started my blog and have been going strong ever since.
  • In the last few months, the writing itch has hit me again out of nowhere.  I've started writing, but this time, in the YA genre.  It feels like the perfect fit...much better than historical had years ago.
  • I bit the bullet earlier this week and rejoined RWA and the YARWA chapter, and this got me to thinking.

I started wondering about how authors view people like me.  Someone who is an aspiring writer but also reviews their books on my blog, on Amazon, Goodreads, etc...  Will they still welcome me? Will it feel to them like "one of the other side" invading their private place?  Will they be worried I'm constantly going to be hitting them up for free book copies or something?  In other words, all these questions come down to one meaning... do you think they would view it as a conflict of interest?

Let's discuss...

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