I promise this will be my last post about author reviews for a while. Recently I re-blogged an article – You READ – but do you leave REVIEWS from Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog. This article stressed the importance of leaving reviews on Amazon on the books we have read. This goes double for indie authors.
Gail Kaufman left a comment on that re-blog that got me thinking and I’m going to quote her here –
“If I like a book, I always leave a review but not if I don’t like it. When I don’t like a book, it’s not necessarily because it’s bad. Sometimes, it is simply not what I expected or not my style. For example, I don’t enjoy graphic violence or books about sports. That’s not a reflection on the writer; it’s just not my thing. So I can’t honestly leave a good review, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave a bad review either; so I’m silent in those cases.”
She’s right you know. It’s all a matter of opinion whether or not we like or enjoy what we read. Don’t be hasty to leave a bad review if you dislike what you read. I know – I said before that all reviews count in numbers on Amazon, but do we really want to have our star rating pulled down when someone posted a bad review because they didn’t enjoy the story? Probably not.
Yes, we all want to know what the readers think of our story. We want the honest review. But, remember – you can’t please every reader out there. Maybe that displeased reader will contact you personally and let you know why he didn’t like the story. It does happen!
No, I’m not writing this because I’ve gotten a sudden surge of bad reviews. Coffee-Drunk Or Blind has twenty-four reviews – all five-star, and Crossing the Line has seventeen positive reviews and one negative. Of course that one negative review irks me, but you can’t engage. Never engage!
I would love more reviews because I know more have read, but as I’ve also said before, some people just don’t review. Here’s hoping they are enjoying what they are reading anyway, and I thank them for their purchase!
Now I’m not a fan of Sci-Fi, but I’ve read some to support some fellow authors. Also on my not-so-loved genre list is Paranormal – but there are some good ones out that have surprised me when I read them. Again, to support my fellow authors. My pick of the litter lately, is Historical Fiction. I’m hooked. The more I read, the more I want to write in that genre!
So to change the subject to something more pleasant than ‘to review or not to review’, – what are your favorite genre’s to read?