Why authors shouldn’t be reviewers

2 09 2010

The eminently sensible Nick Hay, who reviews for us at www.reviewingtheevidence, has written a typically thoughtful — and absolutely spot-on — blog on why authors shouldn’t review books by their fellow writers.

It’s been a major peeve of mine for a long time — particularly when one author admitted to me that they never wrote negative reviews in case they came across the other writer on a panel or at some other event. Several times I’ve been on the verge of emailing book or features editors on some of the national papers and asking if they truly think they’re getting impartial reviews from their author/reviewers.

Nick’s blog entry is here.

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