As I immerse myself more and more into the book blogging, book reviewing, and Goodreads world, I find myself asking the same question over and over...
Should an author comment on the reviews readers post about their books?
I recall seeing a huge blow up about this on GR earlier in the year (with an author commenting on negative reviews) and a subsequent change in policy at GR, but I'm still left wondering what the readers think.
I, for one, have chosen to distance myself from the reviews on GR in the hopes that will help maintain objectivity and honesty. No author wants to read a bad review, but a not so great review with comments as to what didn't work, is just as valuable as a critique buddy. However, I'm finding that quite a few authors do comment (mostly on the good reviews) and it's made me ask this question again.
I will thank the bloggers who are participating in a blog tour or who have agreed to accept a copy (regardless of their review) because I want them to know how much I appreciate them taking the time to review my book. They are helping me market my product and I feel that it's the least I can do.
So I'm curious...especially for you book bloggers who post reviews on a regular basis...are you comfortable reading an author's comment on your review or is it better left unsaid?