Tagging Authors? Should You or Shouldn’t You

I’m back fellow bookworms with another discussion, this time around I want to talk about something that may be considered as Blogging Etiquette, sort of speak. 

When is it okay to tag an author on our social media? 

As book bloggers and reviewers we help promote the work of our favorite authors, whether it’s been requested of us or it’s just something that comes naturally because of our love of reading.. And sometimes we just want to let that person know just how much we have enjoyed their work, and nowadays it’s such an easy feat with the help of social media, Twitter, Instagram, all that fangirlimg is just a hashtag away…

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I tend to do that from time to time with many of my favorite authors, I tag them if I have great things to say of their books, or just to let them know how much I’m anticipating their new release, or just to let it out there that I’m currently reading this or that book..

But what about when you don’t have nice things to say about a particular book? Should you tag the author just to create a negative buzz around them? We all know how fast this get out of hand on Social Media — and recently it’s even more of a hot mess, because we are all looking for an outlet and the world itself has gone to hell…


So, do we really need to spread so much negativity all around? If we have done a review of a book that we didn’t enjoy and what we want is to promote our work there’s no need to tag the author in it… at least I don’t think it is. We just need to say what we need to say about it and leave it at that… because let’s be honest, who really wants to hear about how bad someone think their work is? 

Most of the bad reviews many books get are not the constructive type of reviews — No, sir. They are emotional, rude and full of inflamatory content because that’s what sells apparently… and tagging an author on that it’s just the cherry on the cake… You’re just looking for a confrntation and your 15 minutes of Social Media fame.. realistically speaking I’m thinking that you might even get less than 15 minutes…

Anyway, I’ll just stick to my personal tagging etiquette and just share the love I get from books I enjoy, giving them the positive outburst they need and tagging their authors along for the ride.. but when the bad comes out I’ll just do my rambling here on my blog and if they do find it, and comment about it.. then we’ll see but I won’t be inflamatory just for the sake of more views…

What do you guys think? Do you tag authors on your reviews? Let me know all about it in the comments below and don’t forget if you want to help me keep on creating and making you at least smile a bit with my quirky posts just buy me a coffee (Ko-fi page) and support my work.

As Always

Happy Reading


7 thoughts on “Tagging Authors? Should You or Shouldn’t You

  1. This is a really interesting post – I’m not a huge social media user so I’d never even thought about tagging authors. I might have been too shy to tag my fave authors, even in a positive review, but you’ve given me some inspiration to share the love! And I completely agree that tagging in a negative review is not okay…
    📚❤️ X x x

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  2. Honestly I’m way too nervous to ever tag authors but I think that tagging them in good reviews may be useful – it’ll make them happy, and may also help get them more readers!

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  3. This is a very touchy topic for many. But for me personally, I never tag them in negative reviews. I think that is just cruel. I try to always be respectful in my reviews. Now if its a raving review then yes I tag them. I do think there is a different between a honest review and a negative. We should never bash or berate an author just because one of their books didn’t work for us. Its vindictive and mean.


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