Friday, September 04, 2009

Everybody's A Critic

Hot-button topics abound in cyberspace, where everyday bloggers term themselves citizen journalists as we necessarily revise our definition of legitimate media.

But let's be frank, shall we? WallStreetJournal.com ain't hiring every Joe with a URL and an ATM card to give financial advice. It follows that not everyone who blogs about books can expect to be taken as seriously as folks writing for sites affiliated with well-established publishing and bookselling brands... READ MORE, BELLAS!

12 comments:

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, Bellas! I would have posted on the B&N sight, but, though it will let me log on, I can't comment. Strange stuff, there, hehe. If only Matt were here, I'm sure he could figure it out, hehe.
As to the topic at hand, I think if you liked a book, or even if you didn't, you have the right to post. Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I do think, though, that if you don't like something, then, yes, as mentioned, there is a nice way to go about it. I get my RT Bookreview magazine and love the reviews, not only because mostly they hit the mark, but because even the bad reviews are nice. Like, they'll say 'The reader might have difficulty getting past..." and so forth. But, they never say 'we hated this book!!!"
But, as a whole, especially places like RBTB, the publishing world is very supportive. I'm continually amazed and even told my brother, the publishing world is great at giving us exactly what we want! Go, team!
So, whether you're a certified editor or just a regular jane sitting in her pajamas typing a comment, your opinion matters.
Wow, that was a really long post!

Becke Davis said...

Princess, send me an email: Treethyme@aol.com

I'll see if we can take care of your B&N sign in problem. Sorry about that!

I think Michelle did a great job with this one!

etirv said...

Hi Michelle! Haven't checked out B&N but bought With Seduction in Mind immediately after work yesterday, can't wait to read it!

Vanessa Kelly said...

Hi Michelle! Great article, and really good discussion. When it comes to reading reviews of my own work...I make my husband do it first! If it's good, then I'll read it. If not, then I don't. I just don't want those negative voices in my head.

As a reader, I look for reviews that tell me why the reviewer did or did not like the book. One thing I often find frustrating is the lack of discussion on craft. So many reviews these days seem to just skip that part of the process. Yes, I want a good story and a good romance, but I also want to know if the author can structure a novel, develop themes and characters, and take that book to the next level. And, write a well-crafted sentence, btw! Both your review and Eloisa's review of With Seduction In Mind do that, and now I can't wait to read that book.

Vanessa Kelly said...

Hi Becke! Sometimes I have a really hard time posting on the B&N site, too. I have to keep signing in, and messing around with different pages until I happen to stumble my way in.

Becke Davis said...

Vanessa - if you can sign in there, let them know on the Maintenance thread in the Community Room -- or send me an email and I'll pass it on.

PJ said...

Great article, Michelle! I "review" books for a website and also post reviews at Amazon and B&N but I don't put myself out there as a professional reviewer. I'm not paid for what I write and I don't have professional journalism credentials. What I do is share my love of the romance genre through blogs/reviews of various books that I read and enjoy. It's my hope that by doing that I'll be able to give readers a taste of a book that might entice them to buy it or check it out from the library or, on really good days, that I'll bring a new reader to romance.

My blogs/reviews are posted under my real name and I invite feedback. I want to know if people enjoy reading my reviews, if they are helpful and what I might change in my writing style to make them more so. I try to capture the flavor of a book without giving away any spoilers and, adhering to my own personal rule, I won't post a review if I can't give a book at least 3 (out of 5) stars.

Reviewing is very subjective and I've learned which online reviewers share my taste in books. Those are the reviews I tend to read. I do not go to the sites that delight in ripping books (and authors) to shreds. Criticism can be constructive without being cruel. Some reviewers (and posters) have yet to learn that lesson.

PJ said...

Princess, I had that same problem at B&N for the past several weeks. I finally gave up and re-registered under a new name. I hate that all my previous history was lost but it was the only way I was able to post at the site again.

Becke Davis said...

I'll pass this on - thanks!

Paula R said...

Hey Becke, I was able to post at B&N yesterday. I was surprised since I had such a hard time getting back on there before. Love the blog topic, btw.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

JMVDavis said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Becke Davis said...

Hopefully, they're working out these glitches. I'm hooked on Michelle's H2H blogs AND her posts at Unabashedly Bookish! You can find me at the Garden Variety and at the Mystery and Garden book clubs.