Let’s Shake up Saturday.
There is a big discussion going on at a LinkedIn group called Book Indie Review and Promotion. The question is:
“Do you think it’s your duty to write a bad review to warn other readers not to bother with a book, or do you just pass?”
What do you think? Should someone on Amazon–or a review site–write negative reviews or or not bother with the book? Here is my question for you:
“How valuable, or trustworthy, is a review site that only contains 4 and 5 star reviews?”
I love this answer, to the original LinkedIn question, by Byron Edgington:
“I’ve commented once already, but allow me to add another thought. With the advent of simple, reliable self-publishing venues and the stream of publications entering the marketplace—north of 3,000 per day, depending on the source—I believe it is incumbent on all of us independent writers to ‘police’ ourselves and our colleagues by being open, frank and brutally honest about the quality of work. If that means submitting what the author feels is a horrible review, so be it. That makes the great ones stand out as objective and raises the bar.”
This may come as a surprise to my readers, but some have accused me of writing negative reviews and they were not happy that I did. Do I write negative reviews? Are they horrible reviews? Hm, I do not know what a horrible review would look like, or what I would feel if I received a negative review. At least not yet. There are a few people who know what it feels like and I just happened upon a few of them.
REACHING FOR THE STARS
(Disclaimer: We lurve kids, of course, but this is for teens and adults only.)
From the Noblemania blog
These are just three of the first six “chapters, ” all from Noblemania. How many more will depend on how many horribly off-the-wall reveiws children’s authors get and those authors willing to share their “failure” with us. If you would like to see the three other videos in this series, here are the links:
Episodes 1, 2, and 3: http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2014/01/childrens-authors-read-reviews-of-their.html
Episodes 4, 5. and 6: http://noblemania.blogspot.com/2014/02/childrens-authors-read-reviews-of-their.html
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.