11/29/2016 5 Comments
Your Opinion Treasured
I will admit, I am slightly envious of Dale M. Courtney, brave author of Moon People. Dale's book has spawned 133 Amazon reviews that challenge each other for creativity with lines like "I feel as if I have been unbound from the restraints put in place by a dozen English teachers."
"There's no such thing as bad publicity" has been attributed to P. T. Barnum. While authors crave good reviews, not every story appeals to every reader. But seriously, I'd prefer reviews that don't attempt to out-snark each other.
Have you ever had someone ask for your opinion, and when you gave it, you got the impression it wasn't appreciated? I wonder whether Dale reads his reviews and weeps, or laughs all the way to the bank...
Writers tend to be sensitive about their work. They want to know what you think, then bristle, cry, or sink into depression if you don't deliver high praise. Yet we depend upon opinions - in the form of reviews - to create chatter that will get our books in front of more readers.
I am excited to have "met" some readers through Goodreads who want to begin reviewing books. This is such an incredibly important aspect of publicity for an author. Reviews represent a reader's genuine reaction to our work. When posted on Goodreads, a website, a blog, or a heavy hitter like Amazon or Barnes and Noble, reviews can stimulate sales.
If you look up big name authors on Amazon, they may have hundreds, even thousands, of ratings and reviews. Lesser known authors scramble to get a dozen. There is some computer or mathematical magic that happens when authors receive attention. Momentum builds. The more people read and review, the more people read and review, and on and on.
I encourage you to rate and review books. Why?
I wish a special blessing this holiday season for all the reviewers out there! And especially ones who take a chance on new or unknown authors. Also, I wish authors like Dale M. Courtney all the best as they blaze new and unique literary paths!
11/29/2016 09:52:39 am
Catherine, another post that gets to the heart of what matters to authors. In honesty, I thought you'd be quoting some snarky reviews you'd seen, but naturally your books would only receive high marks. Truthfully, I've even written a few snarky ones myself--then I later regret it. But heaven help me, I'm not a Dan Brown follower--and the Twilight Series--it could have been a masterpiece with a little editing. What I tell my readers is just what you said about,"I like the cover," or "It's a page turner," or even, "Enjoyable book". Anything simple works, even if it says, "I don't like this book," it's still a review. And as you pointed out, we need reviews. I stack books I've read and will review next to my computer to remind me to practice what I preach. Thanks for the post.
11/29/2016 11:59:55 am
Hello Char! Many writers set their own criteria for which books they will review. I prefer to only post positive reviews, and try to review books from new or unknown authors. If it stank, or already has dozens of reviews, I won't post a review. Even Moon People got five star reviews, even if they were sarcastic stars.
11/29/2016 09:01:35 pm
Ha! I love "sarcastic stars". Your points are well taken. Catherine, I just remembered, I didn't get a review posted for your book. You write well, and I enjoyed your story. I'll put it on my "to do" list unless you already have hundreds of reviews..(Big smile here)
11/30/2016 09:12:25 am
I've been trying to do more mini-reviews especially suited for Goodreads and Amazon on the books I can give 4 or 5 stars. I figure everyone can read the synopsis for themselves, so I just want to comment on what I especially liked in the book.
11/30/2016 10:41:16 am
Patricia, that's what I do now. Trying to write a detailed review for everything I read is impossible time-wise. I leave that to the folks who are dedicated reviewers. Thank goodness for reviewers!
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