The author of a book I recently read for review contacted me, upon getting my standard “your review will go live on xx-xx-xxxx date” email, saying that I sounded unenthused and asking if I gave the book a low review simply “because it was not what I was expecting”, that I not post my review to Amazon.
I’m not sure how I feel about that. What do you all think? Would you refrain from posting a review if it was because ‘the book wasn’t what you expected’?
How do you classify ‘not what you expected’? It seems to me like that is too broad a statement. I didn’t ‘expect’ anything from this book, other than what the synopsis said, and that it would fall under the science fiction genre. Its not like a book that’s mass market, where you’ve read tons of reviews and had your hopes built up. I’ve never read anything from this author before, have never seen a review of one of his books, so all I was expecting was exactly what the blurb promised me.
Honestly, I was a little ticked that I received the e-mail, because that reeks of “Please just don’t review my book if you didn’t like it”. Authors have to know when they’re sending their books out for review that not every review they get is going to be of the “Oh my god! That was awesome!” variety, right? Am I wrong in thinking that you have to be prepared to accept the good and the bad reviews? Why even send your book out for review if you’re going to follow up with a statement basically asking me not to post my review somewhere for x reason?
Am I being illogical about this? Its not that he asked me not to post it at all, but specifically not to post it to Amazon (which, given the reach my blog has, lets be honest – basically was asking me not to post it at all).