Aug 14 2006
Dear Author started in April of 2006 as a reader blog. It is still a reader blog. All we do is talk about the books we read, devices that make our reading life better (or not), and topics of interest to readers, primarily romance. In this virtual reality, we are trying to be as honest and forthright about books that we like, we don’t like and that we feel “meh” about. That’s it, nothing more. We have no agenda. We aren’t out to ruin anyone. (and we don’t believe that we have the power to do so either).
We aren’t writers nor are we associated with the publishing industry in any way. We don’t work in a bookstore. We don’t belong to RWA. We don’t know any authors personally. There might be one or two authors that we don’t particularly like given their online persona, but we don’t blog about those authors’ books because of that. We do try for impartiality as best we can. Most importantly, we try for honesty. Honesty about our feelings regarding books. No one would find this site valuable if we were a) negative all the time or b) positive all the time. We try to articulate what worked and what didn’t. We know that readers are smart and can decide for themselves whether they will like a book. Readers are pretty savvy. Give readers more credit for being able to discern for themselves whether a book is for them.
We want to engage readers in the discussion about books, topics that affect books, and that is it. Our suggestion would be this: if you don’t like what we have to say, or if you don’t like the format in which this website is set up, don’t come back. This blog is not for you. There are several other well written blogs out there that you might feel more comfortable reading. If you, as a reader, find this blog helpful in making decisions in purchasing, fun to read, or enjoy engaging in discourse, we are so glad to have you here.
That’s it. Back to our regularly scheduled program of letters. Next Sunday, we will introduce our blogging contest (whose prize package includes a $200 Amazon gift certificate).