- On March 14, 2016
Let’s talk about the amount of time it takes to write, edit, design, and promote a book. Better yet, I suppose I should start by asking how much time you’ve set aside to read this blog post, because at this point, we’ll be here all day. That’s how long it would take to explain the publishing process. It’s lengthy and tiring and emotional and stressful–and oh so worth it.
But it seems there are readers–and even some writers–who don’t understand, don’t consider, or simply ignore this when writing reviews. When you’re criticizing a writer and his or her book, remember that blood, sweat, and tears went into writing that story, that poem, that memoir. Remember that this is an emotional process for the writer, and bearing your soul to the world is never easy.
I’m not suggesting that you lie. Believe it or not, in my experience, the most brutally honest reviews are often the best reviews. These reviews comment on more than just the reviewer’s feelings. They touch on things like story arch, character development, themes, and more. These reviews are invaluable and greatly appreciated by both the writer and prospective readers.
However, there is a way to write great reviews and still be tactful and honest. There’s no need to overly discredit the writer in order to write a review. There’s no need to belittle the writer’s genre, either. You’re more than capable of expressing your feelings–regardless of whether or not they’re positive or constructive–without being daft, rude, or mean.
So please, when reviewing your next read, remember to be modest, be humble, and most importantly, be kind to one another.