As an author, I know I can't please everyone. I've given up on thinking that I can a long time ago. What I now concentrate on are the good things. Don't get me wrong, I love critical reviews, as long as the reviewer writes to inform and assist, not attack an author.
I've taken to heart my critical reviews and make certain I don't make the same mistakes twice. I don’t use an editor, so sometimes things get overlooked. Heck, errors slip by in New York Times Bestsellers. Don’t believe me... Look at your copy of Twilight—I know you have a copy…LOL!—there’s a mistake in the first chapter.
"The room was familiar; it had been belonged to me since I was born."
This was an easy slip; she’d obviously been tossing between, “it had belonged to me” or “it had been mine”. BUT…it didn’t affect my review. I liked the story. Though juvenile in some respects, it was original and romantic. But, I also didn’t discount the book because I thought it was juvenile; after all, it’s a young adult, so that wouldn’t be fair. And yet, I see reviewers do that.
What really gets me are the attacks against the characters. If a reader doesn’t like a book, that is fine. It is their opinion, and they have every right to review as they wish. BUT…giving away spoilers and criticizing the writer because of the characters doesn’t seem right to me. I was reading reviews of Safe Harbor by Nicholas Sparks the other day, and some of the vicious comments appalled me. One reader claimed that the villain wasn’t scary, basically criticized the heroine for escaping an abusive marriage. Then she went on to say she reads Sparks’ books when she needs a good laugh. Really? Does she have nothing better to do with her life? Why would you continue to read an author you don't like?
Now, can I finish this post by saying thank you to the readers who write honest and heartfelt reviews? I don’t just mean the five-star reviews. I’m talking about any reader who takes the time to write an honest review without attacking and/or writing spoilers.
And if you loved a book, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take the time to review. Sadly, people are quick to attack, but not as hurried to commend. I get emails, blog comments, Twitter, and Facebook replies all the time about how much a reader loved my book, but they don’t write a review.
Please don’t be afraid because you don’t like to write. Readers—and authors—just want to know you liked or didn’t like. We don’t need a long synopsis. Just a sentence or two is wonderful in my opinion. :)
And lastly, if you as the reader/author love a review, please make certain you thank the reviewer for taking the time, by clicking ‘Yes’ if the review was helpful.
Thank you, readers, for taking the time!
Until next time, happy reading, friends!
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