…a few thoughts on reviews… one of the most valuable commodities for Authors…

…I’m appalled to learn from news snippets on the Web recently that the pernicious practice of false reviews being purchased on Amazon is rife… as a scribbler myself, I consider each and every review that any of my WURKS attract is a a precious commodity…

…since first dipping my authorly toe into the swirling maelstrom that is the Auntie Amazon Kindle universe ten years ago, my wee literary babies have been honoured with in excess of 500 reviews… the majority of these have been 4-star and 5-star offerings, for which, of course, I am indebted to the reviewers  for taking the time and trouble to record their opinions… but I never lose sight of the fact that they are simply that… opinions… if sumb’dy buys one of my books, then I firmly accept they are at liberty to say whatever they want, positive or negative about it…

…I recall the first time I had a negative review, with only 2 stars out of 5… the dagger to the heart felt real… however, when I checked that reviewer’s other reviews, I found he had only published one other, and given 1 star out of 5 stars for a John Grisham novel… thankfully, teaching me early in this game, to treat ALL reviews with a  pinch of salt… why?…  because I think that not too many people will be troubled to publish anything below 4 or 5 stars anyway, so the average balance in the critical mass of reviews is biased toward the positive side… also, after a while, an author’s own internal HONESTY gauge can sense when the reviews are real, which, by the way, are the only type that I wish to have… which brings me back to the dreadful trading of reviews for money… it besmirches the landscape for the vast majority of excellent writers who offer the products of their own sweat, blood, tears, and endless, sleepless nights… however, ‘fessing up, there is a pleasant frisson attached to any review which compliments my books…and I believe that the reading public are not daft… quality titles will surface regardless of the charlatans… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!



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22 responses to “…a few thoughts on reviews… one of the most valuable commodities for Authors…

  1. A wise view, Seumas. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. I do love the reviews I have received on my books, the whopping 7 that I have. But those 7 reviews are genuine. And you are right, if one truly cared about what the work they had written, they would only want honest reviews on that book!!!

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  3. When I was a book reviewer many years ago for print trade journals, we were paid like every other journalist for our work. We were only required to review a book, not review it in glowing terms. If we gave the book a poor review, it was considered polite to explain why without spoiling the plot. It’s fine for professional book reviewers to be paid. It’s not okay for book reviewers to be paid for a good review on Amazon.

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  4. Yes… but I’m with you, Seumas. If you are in the habit of reading lots of reviews, you can soon suss the fake versions – they are so very generic and the wording tends to be very similar to the previous fake one! Readers aren’t idiots…

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  5. Reblogged this on Custom Services for Indie Authors by an Indie Author and commented:
    Check out this useful post from Seumas Gallacher’s blog on the topic of reviews as one of the most valuable commodities for authors

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  6. We know reviews can make or break the success of our books. Yet, having a negative review has no more impact than a good one to anyone other than the individuals reading the reviews. Thanks for your post.

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  7. Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    My mate McSporran McSporran on reviews 😉


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