- Fizzy Thoughts: (Not really a) review policy

(Not really a) review policy

Tuesday, June 20, 2000

So let's talk about my review policy. And the fact that I don't really have one. And that I'm okay with that, although you might not be.


See, I don't consider myself a reviewer. I'm a blogger. I write opinions. Sometimes they're nice, sometimes they're not. Usually they're shallow, once in a blue moon they're profound. I blog because I want to keep track of what I've read and what I thought. And occasionally where I've been and what I did.

That said, I don't request books, or even ARCs. I may upon occasion participate in a blog tour. You may have noticed that in the past I've promoted books or done author interviews. But honestly? I'm not comfortable with that...because I always feel pressure to say or ask something profound and I rarely do. I've decided the mental anguish just isn't worth it.

All this to say...

Please don't email me asking me to review your book. Chances are, I'll ignore you. And it's nothing personal, but if I don't know you, I'd rather just delete the email than spend 2 hours agonizing over what to say. As I said, it's nothing personal...I'm just sparing myself the emotional trauma. And if I do end up doing a tour for someone else? Sorry, them's the breaks...I reserve the right to be fickle. No hard feelings, okay?

Oh, and if I do say something not so kind about your book? It means I don't like what you wrote. It doesn't mean I don't like you. You can offer a rebuttal, but you should also know that I hate to argue and I won't be drawn into an argument.

I am much more comfortable writing up posts about books that I've purchased with my own money. Or checked out from the library. Or even won or been gifted. What it comes down to is this:

My money, my book, my blog, my opinion. Deal (with it).

6 comment(s):

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love this! Especially the last sentence!

Marci said...

Brilliant !!

Stephanie said...

I love it!! Well said, blunt and to the point!!

Bookfool said...

Fantastic post, O Fizzy One!! I agree 100%. I removed my email address from my blog quite some time ago, but I'm still working at getting myself off the review treadmill.

Marie Burton said...

Good Job!

Marta said...

this is a great idea! some days I want out of the tour frenzy...and go back to reading what I want, when I want ;)

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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