I’m not going to name names here, because if I do, I’ll forget someone and feel horrible. But I wanted to say a brief word of thanks to all the publicists, publisher representatives and authors I’ve worked with on Book Tours or just reviews in return for books who are friendly, decent and nice to work with.
The last couple of weeks have not be entirely pleasant along those lines, with one notable exception (if you’ve paid attention to what I’ve said, you’ll know who that was) — but I’ve received a few emails this weekend that I have actually been happy to open. They served to remind me that this thing can be fun and rewarding (beyond the reading), and that there’s a lot of good people I’ve interacted with over the last couple of years.
Since I started taking requests for reviews/tours/etc. I’ve dealt with people who can write, people who can work with people, and those who aren’t so good at one or the other. Since I blog about books, I can put up with people who give me a good book and aren’t the easiest to work with; and it really bothers me that I can’t be nicer when there’s someone who is great to work with and is having me read a book that’s not all that well done. There’s little sweeter than someone who’s easy (even fun) to work with and is promoting a good book. I need to do a better job of acknowledging this after the posts are done.
So, if you’re reading this and you think you’re in that last category? Thanks a million.