In ‘Under a Cloudless Sky‘ by Chris Fabry, Hollis calls a meeting of the landowners on the mountain. At the meeting he asks ‘What’s so precious to you, deep in your heart, that you can’t put a price tag on it? … Is there anything in this life that would make you draw a line in the sand and say, ‘You can come this far but you can’t come no farther’?’ How do you respond to that questions.
Oh boy, Fizzy opened a can of worms when she decided this was the discussion we needed to have. I sat on how to answer this because there are a lot of things that have no price tag for me. But, I really wanted to make this discussion about integrity and why it is so important to me.
Let me tell you a little story about something that happened recently. I reviewed a book and gave my honest opinion. Not just one but two fans of the book were so offended that one of them accused me of being “high or drunk” and the other decided to comment on my Amazon review and insult me. To quote, “I’m not sure why you say all this about (redacted) writing skills. As I am really having trouble reading your review. So reading your complicated review of (redacted), I can understand why you didn’t like this book. I’m just glad it was written like it is and not like this review is written.”
If you haven’t read my “Hey You! Let’s talk about your Ratings,” well…you should. Author worship is becoming a big problem in the book review world. Authors build up a following and their faithful readers dole out five stars—often before they read the book. I’ll just be honest. I’m kind of sick of it.
Seriously, before you give your next five stars, I beg you to read the post!
1.the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
Do you have integrity? I can honestly say that I do. There are authors that I adore but I don’t adore them enough to lie for them. I have a responsibility to my blog readers to be honest if I dislike a book. I’m not saying that you should author bash but you can be honest without being mean.
So, if you’re an author and you ask me to read your book, you can bet your buttons you’re going to get my honest thoughts and opinions. There’s no amount of money you could offer me to write you a positive review. I admit if you offer me a million I might really be tempted. But at the end of the day, I am going to have to be honest.
I want you to be honest too. Loved a book that I hated? Great! Amazon accepts positive and negative reviews! Tell me why you loved it! Unlike some people, I can respect a difference of opinion!