No, what I aim to talk about is a post the Twitter hashtag #AuthorYes reminded me of. Two years ago, there was a slew of author melt downs. It seemed like there was a new train wreck each week, and it made book blogger very wary of who they agreed to review. I wrote two posts on the subject, one touching on how I prepared myself for bad reviews and to accept them as inevitable. The other was more important. It was a pledge to book bloggers. I wrote it in hope that, when they saw my name with a review request, they would know not to fear me. I wrote I hoped other authors would join me with their own pledges. A huge bummer when I didn't get any comments or see any posts.
HOW DO THEY KNOW AN AUTHOR WON'T STALK THEM IN REAL LIFE?
The meltdowns were one thing. It was, as far as I knew, happening only online (although, probably not completely.) The blogger could at least turn off the computer and phone (if the author got their phone number.) It may be inconvenient, but they could shut out the author and be safe in the fact that the author was far, far away. Now, the author might show up at their doorstep! Imagine that. I don't know about you, but that is a scary idea. And I'm a freaking author!
So, again, I'm going to pledge to book bloggers. If you review my books, you are safe to say whatever you want. Good, bad, neutral. You can even say you don't want to review my books! It's your right. The books are out of my hands and in yours. I accept and honor your opinion.
PS: Had to do a quick title edit because I stopped halfway in my titled, deleted a few words, but not enough. HA!