As a book reviewer who reads a shit ton of books, I am bound to run across at least one really crap book. It happens. It puts me as a reviewer in a really tight spot. I know how much blood, sweat and tears goes into just writing a novel. Not to mention the vulnerability of submitting it to the whim of a reviewer.
When reviewing a book I try not to let all of those thoughts cloud up my mind. I need to be honest. I need to look at the book with an open mind. I need to read it as it is, and not as I want it to be. Because I want every book I read to be awesome. I want all of these authors to do well. I want to love your book.
Reality can sometimes be a bitch though. Because I don’t always love your book. Sometimes it is downright horrible.
When I come across a book with issues, I always try to let the author know via email first. I tell them honestly what made it bad and what I think could make it better. A lot of times it really just needs a good editor.
Here is what I most want authors to take from this post. Any criticism that I make of your work is honestly and truly constructive.
I want your work to be great! I want it to do well!
Let me know your thoughts on the matter.