Reviewing fears

I’m not a reviewer. I like to give my two cents about books I read but those are books from stablished authors who probably couldn’t care one iota what I think to begin with and who certainly don’t need my review. I hesitate about giving a friend a public review–I would definitely do it privately.

Why? Well, I’m terrified of messing it up. I’m not a professional reviewer. It takes talent and good writing to write a good review. You can’t just say: good book. Worse, I could misinterpret something or disclose something and wreck the book for someone. Worse still, I could offend the writer and, if they are a friend, that’s just not worth it.

I’m not alone. The Inky Tavern posted this on reviewing for friends. Michelle D. Argyle posted her thoughts here. One more by Damyanti.

I know, I know. I just did a review for Infinitefreetime. The fear of messing that up is still with me.

What do you think? Should reviewing come hand in hand with writing? Is it a conflict of interest?

An 80/20 rule for Social Media

J.A. Hennrikus wrote a fabulous post on how to work with Social Media on the blog: Live to write -Write to live. She has what she calls an 80/20 rule. And this is what it means:

“My definition in this context is that 80% of your social media use should be about other people (or organizations). 20% can be in service of yourself. Only 20%. 10% would be better.”

She mentions the idea of a cocktail party and having a conversation. “You’re at a cocktail party on the web. The 80/20 rule helps you not be the narcissist that everyone wants to get away from. You know that person. “Me, me, me, what do you think of me?” Or “buy my book, buy my book, buy my book.” Blech.”

There’s a lot of talk about Social Media and how to use it. I particularly loved this post because it made so much sense to me and it was so positive. Just check out the ending: “Pay it forward. Be the fun person at the cocktail party. The one who gets invited back.”

What do you think? Or do you agree? Disagree?