Book Blogger Confessions is a new(ish) meme run by Tiger at All-Consuming Media and Karen at For What It’s Worth. Every first and third Monday they post a new question to open up discussion about common frustrations to book bloggers. Link up your post on either blog and hop around to listen to and learn from your fellow bloggers!
This week’s question is:
Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc. with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you’re on friendly terms with them?
I do interact with authors on Twitter, but considering I’m such a rare tweeter anyway, it’s not anything that happens super frequently. The authors I interact with the most are those whose books I’ve read and adored (like @LisaTBergren), or authors who just happen to tweet a lot in general (like @LiaHabel and @TaherehMafi).
The big caveat here is that when I say I interact with these authors, I mean we’ve had a conversation or two. Which may have only consisted of a couple of tweets. With the exception of Lisa, I don’t think any of the authors I have interacted with via Twitter really know or remember me. And I consider that a good thing.
As a reviewer, who also happens to be a writer, I try to keep myself at a professional distance. I don’t go out of my way to contact authors. I don’t tweet at them when I post reviews, with the possible exception of major fangirl 5 star lovey ones. I prefer to stay under the radar, happily occupying my little blog space with warm bookish thoughts until one day (hopefully) this domain can be used to publicize my own work. I’m also incredibly shy, and feel like if I start tweeting at authors I’ll just annoy them. (I should mention that I’m focusing on Twitter because I don’t use Facebook for blog-related things.)
As for how it impacts my reviews, I think that in general I’m always worried about loving an author, but hating their book. For the most part, I limit my interactions to authors until after I’ve read their book. If I wasn’t a big fan of their book, I usually just quietly unfollow them. If I am a fan, I’ll keep following, and if the mood strikes, I’ll start up a conversation. I’m a cheerleader at heart, so when I read books that I love, I want to pump up their authors. I want to sing their praises to the world, and thank them for writing such amazing stories.
And I love that social networking allows us to do that.