You may have seen posts about it, but what's the honest answer? I don't know. Here's some of the rumours:
- Agents don't like bad reviews of books
- You should only write positive reviews
If I read a book that I don't like, should I review it? I asked author Elana Johnson:
I'm a book blogger and an aspiring novelist, and there's been news on several blogs that being a book blogger would hurt your chances of getting published because agents don't like it! There's one post here and a few others that I don't have the link to, but I'm freaking out! Could you help me? You probably already wrote a post about this...so I may be blind ^_^
I have no idea why an agent wouldn't like this. I think agents are really only interested in one thing: finding a book they can sell to an editor. If you have one of those, and the blog is an issue, I think it would come up at that time. I agree that if you want to be a writer, you have to support other writers. I just started a group of book-reviewing writers today on my blog. We're only doing positive things. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.
Now, as a book blogger, it's sort of your job to give the good, bad, and ugly. I suppose that's something you'll just have to weigh. If you want to continue doing that, you might consider doing it anonymously. And then open a personal blog under your real name that is all about supporting writers. Just a thought.
Hope this helps!
:) E (Elana)
Do you think I should go anonymous on Pages, or make this a "good book review site" and make another blog about the "bad reviews"? Or should I make a site that supports authors and their quests to get published?