I need advice. I’m a non-confrontational person who enjoys keeping friends happy and situations as minimally awkward as possible. As such, I haven’t asked my friends to review my book.
How do I do this? I think they’ve read it. I know they have copies of it.
But what if they started it, and just couldn’t get through it? Or what if they hated it and didn’t want to hurt my feelings? My friends are polite and kind. If I asked them, they’d be trapped in that awkward position of either honesty—thus making them feel bad for making me feel bad—or a reluctant lie. Oh yeah, it was great. What? You want me to tell other people that too? And put my name on it? Uh…
Is there a tactful way to ask this question without feeling awkward at every football game/bbq/birthday party?
Edit: I should clarify that I never asked them to read the book. I know they own copies, and they enjoy reading that genre, regardless of my contribution to it. I just don’t know how to ask if they enjoyed my book or not. Based on the majority of comments, I shouldn’t.
Have you ever asked your friends to review your work? How did you approach it? Do you have any advice?