Being a blogger isn’t all roses, rainbows and unlimited free books. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. While I’m busy writing, revising and proofreading posts, finding the perfect GIF and reading, I also have an extensive personal life where I work a 9-to-5 job that helps authors make their dream of finishing a book come true. I volunteer with a local science fiction and fantasy convention and helped found a local author signing event now in its second year. One of my goals in life is to help connect readers and authors.
And here’s a little secret…
Authors scare the bejesus out of me. I’m impressed by your imagination. Your ability to put words together and create whole new worlds and characters for me to fall in love with and obsess over amaze me. I’m sorry if my enthusiasm for your books, your characters, your worlds is too much. Sometimes I can’t contain my excitement. I foolishly assume you want to know when I connect with your amazing novels. But I’ve learned that isn’t always the case.
Sure it is a hard lesson to learn as I never imagined that someone could react negatively to a positive review. But I will try to focus on the positive interactions I’ve had with authors and eventually those good moments will outweigh the two or three negative moments.
And thank you for teaching me a lesson. I’ll be more cautious about tagging authors on positive reviews in the future and try to contain my excitement when meeting you in person after enjoying one of your books. Just know that I may not always be successful, but I will try to be a better reviewer from this point forward.
Taken on February 20, 2017 with an iPhone SE near Marion, IA.
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“Being a blogger isn’t all roses, rainbows and unlimited free books.”
FYI, I’m really nervous about leaving comments open on this discussion post. Please keep is positive and share good experiences you’ve had with authors. (And please don’t ask who I had the negative experience with. Thanks!)