“Timing is everything, in education as in many other fields. It’s not enough to teach well. You have to teach well to kids who are ready to learn, kids who are developmentally ‘ripe’ for learning.”
- Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax

Thursday, November 20, 2008

BTT: Reviewer's Honesty

Some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review. Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?

I am not a book reviewer, but my husband is an artist, he also writes music and is trying to get into the children's writing industry, and we have both done a lot of theatre performing. From that point of view I would expect nothing but honesty from a reviewer! Isn't that their job?

Not everyone who sees you perform is going to agree with your acting choices. Everyone who looks at my husband's art has a different opinion. Some people love it, some people think it is weird, and there might be some people who hate it. We all have different styles and opinions. As an author, you can't expect everyone to like your book, and you shouldn't get offended when someone is doing their job by giving you their honest opinion. It is hard to get honest criticism from family and friends, because they don't want to offend you. Part of the job of being an artist, author, or performer is to take the criticism in a constructive manner. I don't think I could be a book reviewer because I hate offending people, but I would like to think that over the years I have learned how to take honest criticism. If it is given in a respectful manner it can be very helpful in improving your art form - whatever that may be.

1 comment:

Smilingsal said...

That's it! The respectful manner the reviewer uses is the key. Please come see my reply.