Wednesday, February 22, 2006

BAD REVIEWS, GOOD PEOPLE

Over at the blog Christian Novels, book reviewer Katie Hart outlines the dilemma of reviewing products created by people you know:

You're likely to meet the authors you review, whether it be through email, online forums, or a writer's conference. If I get a book published, I will belong to the ranks of CBA novelists whose books I praise or bash. If I hate a book and my review reflects it - what if that's the author who could have recommended me to her agent? Or what if an editor who also hates the book reads my review - will he remember my name for the future?

As a longtime reviewer myself—CDs, movies, books—I understand her pain. (And am relieved she seems to like my fiction ... so far.)

P.S. -- Despite the sing-songy title of this blog entry, it is technically not a "bad review" but a "negative review." At one of my previous magazines, there was one particular associate publisher for whom I had to constantly explain the difference.
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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction

SHE'S THE SHERIFF!

A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at StudioWell.com. Watch the trailer on YouTube.