Last February I was on a 'virtual' book tour that included eighteen 'stops', consisting of reviews, interviews, and guest blog posts. Despite the fact that I never had to leave my home, the tour was surprisingly hard work, time consuming, and a lot of fun.
On Monday, I started a second tour, this one much less work than the first. Only one interview and ten stops are scheduled, all of them reviews. The second of them was posted this morning, and it's a good one, but not great, so it presented a bit of a protocol problem for me. Although I have repeatedly been warned off responding to reviews in The New York Times, for example, my understanding is that the polite thing on the internet is to post a comment, at the very least thanking the host of the site. Did a modest review merit this? I wondered. Would a hearty expression of gratitude seem out-of-place, or a merely polite one somehow grudging? Could I respond without seeming argumentative? Perhaps I should ignore the whole thing? In the end, with fingers crossed that I'd somehow manage to hit the right note, I decided to abide by the rules and post a comment.
I'm glad I did. I think my post may have started a conversation. In any event, it didn't do any harm.
You can find both the review and the comment at:
And if you have any advice about how to handle such matters, I'd be happy to hear it.
Causes Camille Marchetta Supports
The Alzheimer's Association
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Doctors Without Borders
Save the Children