Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something related to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
should you be told your review was quoted?
This one has been on my mind for a while now, especially since I’ve seen book bloggers I know quoted in paperbacks. I know one of the most exciting things that has happened to me since my birth into the blogosphere was being quoted on the paperback of Karen Amanda Hooper’s Dangerous Depths.
I mean, just look at that! A quote from my blog, with my NAME ON IT.
I bought two copies of this book, and I stare at them in awe every now and again. I am proud of myself, and I am not ashamed to admit it. But I am also super thankful to Karen. She liked my review enough that she was willing to quote me in order to promote her book. Is there a greater compliment to me as a book blogger? No. But the wonderful thing about this circumstance is that Karen contacted me, and asked me a few questions about the quote and how I wanted my name to be presented etc etc. The point being: I knew my quote was being used.
But what about those times when you aren’t told that your quote has been used. Personally, I have found several book pages and websites quoting my reviews – and it was never made known to me. I don’t know if there is an etiquette regarding quoting book reviews. I mean, if they’re giving your name or your blog name, maybe they don’t have to tell you. But I, for one, would love to be told. There are few things that make me happier than an author or publisher liking my review of their book enough to quote it for publicity purposes. It’s fantastic! And complimentary! And exciting!
So why don’t they tell me? I understand that the life of an author and publisher is busy. But they took the time to find my review and quote it, so shouldn’t the just drop me a line and say: hey, you, we used your quote – thanks. I would definitely appreciate that. I mean, when I find a quote from my review/s on a website, I just sit there, awed and excited, but then I also think: why didn’t you tell me? Why don’t you tell me? I’m not upset or angry; quite the contrary. I am so freaking excited and I wish that I knew. But then I also think about how many other pages there are out there using quotes from me that I have no idea exist and ohmygosh I need to know these things I need to know so why don’t you just:
What about you – have you ever stumbled across a quote from your review? Has someone ever told you that they have used your quote? Do you think that authors/publishers who use quotes from bloggers should have to tell them? Let me know in the comment section below!