What etiquette do you follow on contacting an author after posting review of their work? Is it different if they gave you a complimentary copy for review?
When I publish a 5 star review of a book I’ll tweet @ the author in case they want to share. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. But for 5 star books I do that regardless of where I got the copy of the book. But, I always wonder what is expected when an author gives you a complimentary copy for review. After posting the review on your blog, etc, do you contact the author to let them know their review is up? Do you provide a direct link? I especially struggle with this topic when I gave the book a less than stellar review. I don’t want to go up to an author (even online) and tell them hey, I didn’t really think your book was that great, and here are all the places that I published my “this book was meh” review. I mean, doesn’t that suck? Wouldn’t that upset the author? If I’ve posted 4 star reviews or better, especially if they were fairly soon after receiving the book, I’ve emailed the author (or publisher, or PR person, whatever the case may be) and told them the review was posted. But I haven’t contacted authors if I didn’t post a positive review, or if I chose to DNF the book. Do you awesome followers think I should be doing that? I would love to hear your thoughts!
I like to contact authors after I have written a 5 star review. I will usually tweet the review to the author and I will also email them telling them briefly what I liked about their book and provide a link to the review post should the author find the time to read it. If I am given a book for review directly from the author, I will email them back after I have finished the book review and give them the link to the review. If I was provided with an arc from Netgalley or any other online source, I will only email the author if the review is 5 stars, otherwise, I will simply post my review. I feel awkward if the author provides me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review and I honestly did not like it. I think that is something that we can all relate to, though. I never wish to tell any author that I did not like his/her book. If I am provided with a review copy of a book and I do not end up reading the book until quite a while later, I will usually not contact the author after reviewing the book. I am curious what others do.