I have been blessed to have had only one really ugly review in over 40 stories and more than 100 reviews. There may have been more than one, but that’s all I’ve seen. I didn’t pay it too much mind because most of the ugliness in the review was directed at the publisher of the book. I figured it was someone with an ax to grind with someone at the publishing house.
One thing I hear authors say all the time…”They either love me or hate me.”
I think that can be true.
I’m reading a book right now that is a series I loved, but I hated the ending. I guarantee I’m going to want that next book in the series to see what happens.
A love/hate relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
However, what brought this subject to my mind is because today I read several reviews for the same book that were not so hot. I quit reading with number five. I know the author and wasn’t expecting this. Could this affect the author’s chances for getting future contracts?
What can we as authors learn from a bad review…or even a so-so review? In my disturbed mind, I can’t handle getting a 3 review. It gives me the shivers to think of getting less than a 3. I don’t know why this is so stigmatic for me…often the words accompanying a 3 are quite good.
Let’s examine one of my 3s. Cave Creek Cowboy Kama
RT Rating (Romantic Times)
This fast-paced erotic treat features upbeat dialogue and steamy sexual situations. Because the plot is intricate, a longer length would have showcased the characters better. Although it’s a stand-alone tale in the Cave Creek Cowboy series, readers may want to check out previous stories for background on secondary characters. Overall, this is an enjoyable novella with interesting situations that will keep readers entertained.
Kyle Hansen is about to participate in a Kama Sutra demonstration for his closest friend. Little does he know that the instructor will be his sexy ex-girlfriend. Although they share custody of their son, they’ve had little interaction in the past seven years. It’s safe to say she doesn’t realize that he still loves her. Juel Kelly can’t believe the love of her life will help her demonstrate sexual positions for her clients. She loves Kyle but doesn’t want to risk heartache again. A misunderstanding has kept them apart, but will Christmas
(AmberQuillPress.com, dl $4.00)
So this review actually wasn’t bad at all. The only drawback was the reader/reviewer wanted a longer story, because the plot was intricate. This was a common theme for my stories that received 3s. It makes me wonder if other authors writing novella get dinged for the story being too short. Regardless we all need feedback.
Getting it in The Romantic Times Booklovers Magazine is just very public.
And it’s a really good idea if we get what we need before it goes to print… as Feedback, then Comments, then Opinions and finally as a Review.
A personal problem I have with reviewers is that I don’t mind if they are brutally honest, but in a nice way. Can’t they do that? Many, many do it well. Kudos! However, I’ve seen reviewers who give snarky mean comments to get laughs. And of course, should that ever happen to me personally, I do NOT DARE to speak up about it. I’ve seen authors get aggressive with reviewers and it never ends well…mostly for the author.
I read one review today in which the reviewer called the writer an idiot. WOW.
Me…I’m just keeping the mantra…need feedback, need feedback, need feedback.
It’s important for an author to have feedback. And if many of our lesser reviews have a common theme then that can help while working of the next book. As I said earlier I constantly heard reviewers say they wished for longer stories.
Just be careful…there are such things as faux reviews. There was quite a scandal about people who’d written reviews for nefarious reasons.
Often we have to rely upon word of mouth to get the news out about a release. It is said the negative emotions are far more long lasting than positive ones. I’ve often thought it would be cool to have a list of the BEST HATCHET JOB REVIEWS in ROMANCE. Anyone have one they’d care to submit?
Going back to the fact I only had one really bad review…well I know for certain I had one really bad book…the sales are proof.
Other reviews I’ve had:
“…the funniest thing I’ve read in just about forever.”
“This story will have you squirming in your seat”
“will singe your fingers and leave you breathless while it keeps you turning page after page.”
“fun story that’s as hot as it is endearing,”
“CAVE CREEK COWBOY takes you on a wild ride of emotions”
“Brit Blaise has done a masterful job of creating a hero and heroine that the reader is able to quickly identify with, empathize with, and get hot and bothered with.”
“Cave Creek Cowboy by Brit Blaise is a nice story with some real potential to jerk tears from even hardened hearts…. ”
“definitely a keeper.”
“This story is a sexual firecracker.”
“author kept surprising me”
“Pull up a chair and enjoy Britt Blaise spin us all into the web of those Cave Creek Cowboys.”
“make you feel what they feel, which is for me the hallmark of an excellent author.”
I’ve been trying harder to collect them all again…they are on the REVIEWS link to the side.