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Why I No Longer Read My Book Reviews

Why I No Longer Read My Book Reviews

Reviews cause writers angst. We need them, we fear them, and, in my opinion, too often, we take the time to read them. I LIKED MY LIFE came out with two starred reviews from Library Journal and Booklist, and kind words from Kirkus, but Publisher’s Weekly was decidedly unimpressed. That same pattern followed me on Goodreads and Amazon. Over a four […]

October 6, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
How Book Reviewing Influences My Writing

How Book Reviewing Influences My Writing

Before I published my books, and before I understood the importance of book reviews for an author, I always tried to leave a few sentences on Amazon and Goodreads about my reading experience. I’m a great believer in leaving (and reading) reviews for restaurants, holiday resorts, hotels, and other products, so why should books be […]

December 8, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
Book Reviews and the Author Psyche

Book Reviews and the Author Psyche

Authors have a love/hate relationship with book reviews. Reviews improve a book’s popularity. The more popular, the more sales. We want more reviews, but we don’t always like what’s said in those reviews. Here’s the thing, authors should concern themselves with the number of reviews, not the content. The content is for readers. It can […]

July 13, 2016 | By | 11 Replies More
Why We Should Reconsider The Way We Review Books

Why We Should Reconsider The Way We Review Books

If you are an author, the uncanny ability of book reviews and ratings to fill your day with sunshine or suck you into a storm cloud may resonate with you. I’ve basked in the glow of thumbs-up reviews and ratings, and endured the gloom of a few poor ones, those fretful 1’s or 2’s on […]

March 19, 2016 | By | 36 Replies More
Leave E.L. James Alone Already

Leave E.L. James Alone Already

Recently I was part of a group discussion with some fellow authors on the topic of whether we – as women authors – should publish a bad (or even mediocre) review of another woman author if we don’t like or appreciate her book. If your 3, or 2, or 1-star review will lower the overall […]

July 1, 2015 | By | 48 Replies More
Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

Reviews, a Game of Give and Take

We all know how much the world of publishing has changed in the last few years. The gatekeepers have been swept away by self-publishing. Anyone can write a book, and offer it for sale on Amazon. And anyone can write a review and post it. So much democracy! So much freedom! Is this a good […]

March 28, 2015 | By | 7 Replies More
But Who will Want to Read it?

But Who will Want to Read it?

An esteemed British writer, one whose novels have been published for half a century, advised me recently not to read my own book reviews – unless they’re written by someone whose opinion you respect. Good reviews will make you vain, they told me, and the bad ones will crush you. Since then, I’ve tried to […]

August 3, 2013 | By | 12 Replies More