Well, what if that indie author was your friend? Could you still leave an honest review?
When I first responded to Damyanti’s post I said that it would be wrong not to give my honest opinion on a book (regardless if the author was a friend or not). However, I didn’t take into account the power of a review. These days, reviews can be the deciding factor in a customer’s decision to buy something. So my review could hinder or help my friend’s book sells. Yikes!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I wont write an honest review, I’m just saying that I may be hesitant to.
Here’s what Damyanti had to say about the subject:
“I do buy books for fellow authors, read them too.
I share their books on social media and feature both the authors and their books on my blogs. But I’ve stopped short of doing a review. I’m terrified of reviewing author friends–I could write a balanced review and probably not offend any of my excellent blog friends. But then, I could. So I do everything I possibly can, other than a review.”
What’s your opinion? Could you write a honest review of a friend’s book?