For reasons unknown to me authors are not supposed to comment on reviews of their books. Personally I don’t care. If an author wants to leave a comment on their books review go ahead.
Sometimes when I finish a book I am left with a question. If the author sees this and answers it, yay. I recently posted a review and mentioned that I enjoy the series but am curious as to who will have the next book. The author answered this. That made me so happy. First of all it answered my curiosity and secondly it let me know that the author noticed and read my review, not just noticed the star rating.
I have never slammed an author or their work in a review. I truly feel that if I take the time to be rude and unprofessional to an author in a review then by all means that author has every right to be defensive and come after me the reviewer. Authors spend a great deal of time putting together a book. It’s just overall wrong and childish for me to completely bash it. There are nice ways in which I can say this book didn’t work for me.
If I completely misunderstood something that happened in the book and the author feels like spelling it out for me, once again yay. It might change my thoughts on continuing in that series.
I’ve had authors email me with a thanks, or an I’m glad you enjoyed it. This would be one of those instances where I would love to see that comment after my review.
So overall I think is great when an author comments on their books review. I love comments from my followers. It lets me know that the review I have put out for all to see is helpful and promotes the book I read and enjoyed. If an author were to leave a comment on the review I can guarantee you that this Diva would do a happy dance all over the house. Yes it’s a little selfish, maybe conceited but I would like to know that the author noticed my thoughts.
I took it upon myself to ask an author that has discussed this with me to share a few thoughts on this matter.
Jenny Lyn, author of Saving Sydney.