An author posted a dilemma he had on Facebook about a week ago and I’m quite interested to hear your opinion about it. Lemme break down the situation: the author posted a review of his own book (on Netgalley in this instance). He did sign off with a winky emoticon and a mention that he was the owner of the book so it’s not that he misled people that way. The thing is that another reviewer did take offence and feels that he has no right to do this and now he wonders if he should take his review down.
The opinions were divided to say the least. Plenty of people said to him to leave it and ignore the message, it was just one person’s opinion and he didn’t really do anything wrong as he made it clear he was the author but others were of the opinion that authors should stay away from reviewing their own books.
So where do I stand in all this? I have come across a few other author reviews (rating their own book 5 stars as well of course) on Goodreads before and they were often the first ones to see so, first of all, this is definitely not a standalone case and does merit some thought.
As I already said in response to that Facebook post, I personally feel cheated when I read an entire review and THEN see in the end that it was written by the author. It might have spiked my interest in the novel even more but it usually also feels like a waste of time. I can’t just take their word for it that it’s so amazing because they are biased obviously. I don’t value their review the same as I do others and so I don’t know what their point is really. All I can think of is that they are doing some sort of a sales pitch with their review and use it at the same time to crank up the rating, which is not ok really. Authors shouldn’t rate their own books and shouldn’t write reviews of their own books on Goodreads, Netgalley or Amazon.
So what is your opinion? Just let them be and let authors review if they want or not? Let me hear. All opinions are welcome!