Authors! Reviews Are Not For You!

hi everyone Alexa done here and today I am bringing you a little bit of tough love this one is for my fellow authors though book reviewers and bloggers out there I've got some shout outs for you too and a little bit of advice from you know an author to reviewers but mostly this is about the opposite and I want to talk about we as authors and how to respond to reviews and that's the thing about it I don't think no it's not that I don't think you shouldn't it's the prescriptive don't respond to reviews it's never a good idea but specifically I want to talk about negative reviews never ever ever ever respond to negative reviews generally speaking reviews are not for you the author reviews are not for us of course we see them and when they're good it's really exciting like we all want to be well-received like we these these books come from our hearts and gosh we hope people love them but reviews ultimately are really not for the author reviews are for readers the point of a review and the point of criticism is for the potential audience and society you know if you're if you're getting a little bit highfalutin about criticism but to evaluate a potential you know works for consumption like do I want to read this book woods this book interest me do I want to see this film or listen to that music or in some cases when it comes to criticism it is about kind of deeper meaning but when we're talking about book reviews and specifically the book review community of bloggers and you know book tubers and whatnot it's very reader audience focused it's not you know always about evaluating the meaning of the works but simply what did I think about this and should other people read it what what might you think about it is this the right book for you and so the reviews are from the readers they're not for the authors and also the thing is that no work is ever going to be universally loved I don't think you can come up with a single piece of media that universally loved and in fact authors the exercise that I give to you to demonstrate this is go to the Goodreads page or Amazon what have you but I think Goodreads is a good place of your favorite book your all-time favorite book like five stars ride-or-die favorite book or just books that you know are really really popular and then read the one in two star reviews for those books not everything is for everyone and there's always gonna be somewhere out someone out there who doesn't like the thing so negative reviews are inevitable and the thing is that we as authors have to have a code of conduct to follow and really you know there are their ethics involved but let's call it a code of conduct there's the kind of best practices and etiquette and then there's the do's and don'ts like the code of conduct and so from a best practices an etiquette perspective honestly if you can't handle negative reviews do not read them sometimes this is gonna mean that you can't read your reviews at all and honestly that sometimes as the healthiest choice for authors I know a lot of authors who don't read their reviews at all they don't even really read the positive ones because it's too tempting to then go and read the consent you know dissenting opinions about the work and some of us just negative reviews got us they like punch us in the heart and they destroy our self-confidence and they make us really really upset and it can really derail our creative process in our writing process and so many of us when we have a book out we have to write more books and so reading reviews is just counter productive even if you think you can handle negative reviews sometimes it's hard to talk about this so there are authors who think they can handle the wide spectrum of criticism that they might receive about their books but then they lose their freaking this video is not safe for it they lose their and I'm like holy heck so I'm talking about authors who behave badly and engage with reviewers and engage poorly with reviewers and that's why seriously never ever ever ever ever respond to a negative review do not talk back do not defend your choices never threaten to sue someone don't give death threats that's happened and then um be like worst-case scenario extremes and I'm gonna throw it old-school and if you've been around the book blogging community you know what I'm talking about never ever track down their home address drive by their house call their place of employment and go down a rabbit hole of basically stalking the book or viewer don't do that that's that's a terrible idea but that isn't extreme but it just happened but just generally speaking don't talk back don't respond to negative reviews because you are never gonna be happy and it breaks the fourth wall so to speak because the thing is we're in this weird state with social media where of course authors are very very accessible to readers and reviewers and then there is an interaction that happens and I think that it can really turn and become negative if you are not careful because while readers expect engagement on a certain level where they don't expect engagement is on criticism it's almost like you responded us all all of a sudden it's like what are they doing here wait they're reading this what and I know what you're thinking as the author you're saying well they should realize that I am a person and I am a person with feelings and they shouldn't write those things about me first of all they're not writing them about you they're writing about your book PSA you are not your book and repeating that to yourself and actually internalizing it is one of the best things you could possibly do as an author the healthiest thing that you could possibly do is an author and it's divorcing your sense of self-worth self-worth from your creative work from your writing and realizing that someone can criticize your work and they're not attacking you that's a very important distinction of course we want reviewers to acknowledge that there are people behind these books and I think that most of them do I don't think that reviewers are I think they're rarely purposefully cruel though I also think that there is a there's a tone that happens in reviews like a snark tone that reads really well it lands very well with readers and I mean I've you know come at reviews from the reader side I love a good snarky review and then of course you write a book and you get an agent and you get a book do you go ha ha Oh am I gonna eat my words about really enjoying some of those snarky reviews time will tell um but meaning I understand both sides of it um you know I studied journalism I wanted to be a journalist and there's something to be said first kind of that snarky tone it's amusing its entertaining and in a lot of cases criticism is meant to be entertainment so it's kind of a fine line to walk and it's an imperfect system in the sense that like you're not gonna change it maybe you shouldn't change it and that's why again my advice really is just not to engage and to repeat to yourself I am NOT my book reviews are not for me nothing is universally loved and you know don't engage don't engage just never engage it doesn't end well it reflects very poorly on the author the author will come across as immature as whiny as in some cases psychotic like it can really come across as irrational psychotic behavior to like go after a reviewer because reviewers so often or just really normal people like there especially in our industry they're young like you could be attacking a teenager which is never a good look but in general they are normal people and there is a power imbalance you the author whether you feel this way or not especially if you're a debut author I think we can lose sight of this there's a power imbalance you have power that the reviewer does not have we're all part of the same community but there's a power imbalance and so an author going after a reviewer is never gonna end well it's a really bad look so just some concrete best practices advice for my fellow authors so my first one is if you can't handle it don't read your reviews that's completely okay a lot of people don't read their reviews another little hack as an alternative there is a way to adjust your Goodreads settings so that Goodreads will only show you and you are logged into your author account your for and or 5-star reviews so you can basically have anything below three stars hidden for you which what might make you know just it might be good for your mental health another thing I advise is not setting up or if you have them set off turn off Google Alerts for you yourself as an author and your book and I know that's hard because you know sometimes Google Alerts can lead to good things but also sometimes Google Alerts will lead you right to an incredibly negative and critical review and that's just not good for anyone now if you have decided that you you can't handle your reviews your positive you can handle your your reviews because you're not gonna cry it's not gonna derail your your creative process at least not for long and you're definitely never ever ever ever going to go after a review or you're never gonna respond right um I am one of those authors I read all my reviews and that's not to terrify any of you who are reading my book and might review it I promise you I'm a big girl and I approach all of my reviews with amusement to be perfectly honest and that's my advice approach you with a sense of humor and when you know oh well my book can't possibly be for everyone and they're gonna be things in my book that are certainly going to annoy people and huh I wonder what they have to say it can be really interesting to see how different people receive the book I like reading my critical reviews just like I liked reading all of my rejections when I was on submission like it fuels me it doesn't derailed me but also like I said I do laugh about it like I I find it amusing and I find value in all in all reviews also a nice funny kind of like a humorous tip that a friend gave me that I haven't tried but you know if this works for you she reads all of her negative reviews in a vain voice like bane for Batman and she said it makes them hilarious so like you do that read reviews this Bane or whatever funny thing might work for you tummy was though read all your reviews as Tommy was oh make it kind of a bit more lighthearted than it is because I'll tell you that you're always gonna feel a bit upset in the moment even when it's tepid criticism like it's not actually a bad review but they say one thing and you're like oh oh oh my god how could you so the next point of advice is vent to your friends like that privately have like buddies like critique partners who've read your book who can then reassure you oh I love your book you're not crazy um vent to them not too hard don't rail on and on and on about a negative review like if you find that you're like really fixating on negative reviews maybe you're you can't handle them and that's when you pull back but like like talk about that review you got for like 10 minutes with your critique partner and then let it go because I promise you when you go back and you read that review in a week it's not gonna sound as negative as it did when you first read it because you've internalized the criticism and you find it amusing and then it's totally fine and generally speaking my tip if you're reading them or not but especially if you're reading them is just to assume best intentions on the part of the reviewer and and as I said I don't think reviewers set out to be cruel I do think that there's kind of a snarky and our team at tone that does happen and I think that's what can lead to a lot of the hurt feelings and misunderstandings but some best intentions of the reader meaning I think that every reader goes into a book wanting to fall in love with it like wanting to have an enjoyable reading experience but if they're pointing out things that didn't work for them or even problematic elements that they're doing it with the best of intentions for the benefit of other potential readers and this does bring us to kind of a sticky area which is well what if there is something problematic in your book and someone is calling out problematic elements I don't want to go in-depth into what some call call out culture that's not the intention or point of this video other than to say in general don't get your panties in a twist if you are called out meaning don't get angry it's that don't respond thing like don't get angry don't lash out don't immediately jump to being defensive go into critical reviews that might point out problematic elements with an open mind assuming best intentions of the person who is pointing out the problematic elements don't respond rashly and be open to acknowledging that perhaps there are problematic elements in your work it's bound to happen to all of us and the key is to keep a level head don't let it neither let it destroy you nor propel you to extreme rage or lashing out or doing something that is not a good idea and and generally speaking when it comes to like truly problematic elements it's best to go in with an open mind acknowledge any hurt that might have been done any mistakes that might have been done and just resolved not to do those things going forward so that's just like a little nugget of practical advice for a worst-case scenario now I will say that once in a blue moon there are troll reviews they do happen some people do troll authors and they do cross a line between you know not reviewing the book but reviewing the author so to speak and attacking the author it does happen but I'll say that it happens rarely you have to always remind yourself that criticism is not attack criticism a critical review of your book is not an attack on you but if you think that something has been posted and it is legitimately crossing a line it's violating the Goodreads Terms of Service or what-have-you and it is attacking you as a person and it's not evaluating the literary merit of your work or the merit of your work you can report that review I just advise authors again to use extreme caution don't jump to the conclusion that something is a total review just because you're not happy with it or you don't like it but once in a blue moon sometimes reviewers do cross the line and I hesitate to call them reviewers because when that happens they're not really reviewers they are legitimately trolls 99.9% of book reviewers are good people they read because they love to read they review because they love books and they want to share their thoughts with other people and guide other readers to find great books as well but you know that point 1% there are exceptions sometimes and just a final thought for authors I just want to say that it's really hard to accept but yeah once you're published you have to start accepting the idea that once you Padres publish something once your work is out in the universe it no longer belongs to you in the sense that once it's available for public consumption it belongs to the audience it belongs to the readers this is something that you know I have experienced on the other side because I'm from fandom and so I've long kind of seen the murky line between an author and authorial intent and you know what an author wants or feels versus wants something's out there and the fans get hold of it an audience gets hold of it that works can take on a life of their own it's really tough to wrestle with but I just wanted to put that out there that it's something that you have to begin the process of acceptance accepting of accepting that once a work is published it no longer belongs to you and you can't edit it anymore and it's out of your hands and the best thing is just to let let the books belong to the readers and again don't read negative reviews if you can't handle it and never ever ever respond and now for you the wonderful book reviewers of the world I do have a few tips and best practices for you you're not getting out of this unscathed although generally speaking shine on you bright diamonds I love reviewers I support you but just a few little notes mainly do not tag authors and negative reviews it is gauche and very very tacky and it's just it's mean it's really mean now very few reviewers do this but I it does happen inside seriously never tagged an author or link them to you know like don't email it to them don't tag them on Twitter or anything of that sort a negative review it's just mean because it invites them to click on it and they click and they see what that you gave them two stars and you hate them and so an author who is opting to avoid negative reviews you have taken the choice away from them and that is just that is inviting you know hurt feelings and possibly a response although authors seriously don't respond but don't do it just don't do it don't no no and then I'll see that you can tag authors and positive reviews it's actually it's nice when someone's like oh hey I reviewed your book and they point it pointed out to you because otherwise you wouldn't know but my caveat here you can do it is not to expect a response a lot of authors first of all there just might be you know they might be busy they might be drafting or there just might be too much to deal with and an author also might have a policy many authors do not to respond at all to any kind because if they respond and engage to positive criticism or you know feedback then it invites the idea that they should be also responding to negative criticism and feedback and so the advice that I give to authors is if you are tagged in positive reviews you know you can you can like the tweet you can even say thank you but generally speaking it's totally okay if you don't want to engage so to either of yours feel free to tag authors in those or even send them links although I think email kind of almost invites the response so Twitter is a bit safer but don't expect a response and then just you know a best practice for criticism I mentioned on the author side as well be sure when you are writing a review of a book and you're you're doing criticism that you are commenting on the book and that you are not criticizing the author in this sense that it's not a personal attack so meaning it's okay to say I didn't like the way that the author did this in the book and you know bubble blob but it isn't okay to be like the authors bitch this author is an asshole like this author is a terrible person who should not be allowed to write books anymore that's really kind of crossing a line focus on the work and you can't examine authorial intent but don't directly go after the author review shouldn't be about the authors they should be about the books and just like with authors that they should assume that reviewers have you know the best of intentions I advise reviewers to think that about the authors as well the most authors have the best of intentions and sometimes those do go awry and so that just means that when you are criticizing things that need to be criticized especially problematic elements just always remember that the author probably had the best of intentions even if they messed up so just always remember the human angle it's gonna make your criticism a lot more well-rounded and easier you're going to get your point across better when you assume best of intentions and don't engage in direct attacks and then I will say reviewers if you do that and you are being really circumspect and fair and most you know reviews that I've seen pointing out problematic elements are fair and the author loses their well they're messy it's not you it's them but yeah that's really it I love reviewers I love what it brings to the community I love reading reviews as a reader of books as we are all readers and you know I mostly really wanted to address the authors in this one that I've seen some really bad behavior and it is never okay for an author to attack a reviewer and make them feel small or threatened or anything of that nature like it's just not okay and so my advice to authors again is just oh don't engage don't engage so I hope that was helpful of that little that little real real talk session I I know it's hard I know it's hard on both sides and and I everything I've said is is easier that's been done for sure it's a process like I'm not gonna pretend that I'm not hurt by negative reviews but you know I do my best to process it in a healthy way and seriously never ever ever ever engage this is not a good idea so thank you so much for watching as always if you're not subscribed to the channel feel free to subscribe and hit the notification bill so that you are notified when I post a new video any questions or comments down below I love hearing from you guys you know what are your thoughts on this because it can be a really sticky area and you know as always everyone happy writing and happy reviewing

44 thoughts on “Authors! Reviews Are Not For You!

  1. If I ever get a book published I'll probably read my reviews and have no problem with it. I feel like I'm just really good at seeing what's being said just to make the review more entertaining or just for the shock effect, and what is genuine and valid criticism that can be taken constuctively. And of course if you get good constructive criticism you can take that on boad with future projects even though of course you can't change the book that has already been published.

  2. LoL, yes to the authors who respond poorly to bad reviews!!!! Seriously, think customer service people. Don't disrespect your customers!!🤬

    P.S. If my voice box could handle it, it'd totally read my critical beta feedback (and future negative reviews🤞) in a Gilbert Gottfried voice! 🐦 Lago for the win!!!!

  3. I want to add I guess. Well, before I buy a Kindle self-published book, I will confess, I read the 1 and 2 star reviews first. If anyone talks about bad grammar, bad punctuation or just really poor writing and esp TONS OF TYPOS! and say the author should have had an editor, I'm done. I will not even read the better reviews or give the book a chance. So, if you have a self-published ebook on Amazon and you are not selling, you might want to see why. If people are talking about typos, you are not giving your writing chops a chance. Fix the typos, grammatical errors and reupload. Maybe even thank the reviewer although Alexa doesn't say anything about learning from bad reviews (construct criticism.) I can't read a book with typos. Period. If you self publish, get an editor. If you learn from constructive criticism irl, you may do well reading negative first reviews if you can fix it or learn for the next one. Thanks A. As always.

  4. The advice to read some bad reviews of your favorite books is brilliant. I just did it, and wow, it was eye-opening.

  5. I was going to say not to listen to negative reviews but I actually did. I tried to respond on my pdf about it. However I have come to realize it was a good thing because I actually used some of the points they made and used it to improve my product. To be honest this was for homebrew on dm guild. I haven't been able to get my novel published just yet but it was good information to learn to handle reviews. Although I can't just update the book so I will try to make sure I never look at the reviews.

    Also it is interesting to read the comments. They are mostly reviewers and they want the author to not freak out about the review but then they freak out about the author.

  6. For me it’s the Moth Diaries. I thought it was a fantastic psychological horror with themes of anxiety and obsession but the book received very mixed reviews.

    But thanks. You’ve helped me. It took me a while but I used to be really thin skinned but now I’m a lot more passive about constructive criticism. Most people are trying to help and want to see the book be something good and once I understood that I wasn’t so pissed off at harsh criticism.

  7. It's so hard to assume the reviewer has good intentions when they don't afford you the same courtesy. That asymmetry is what makes call out culture so toxic, imho. The woke police is pathologically uncharitable. They don't give a shit about your intentions.

  8. To tell the truth, I have bought books before because I saw a negative review saying something that for me is positive. I always try to see the midground and the negative reviews of stuff I want to buy. I feel it gives me an idea of the worst possible scenario and if I find it ok, then it can only be what I think or better =D

  9. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I'm a reader. I have a BA and an MA in English lit. When I write a review, good or bad, it's always about the book. I know how to talk about books critically and impersonally. I usually have no idea who the author is personally (like, never), so how or why would I make personal remarks?

    Aaaaand +1 for dropping Tommy Wiseau.

  10. Have you heard about the author who smashed a wine bottle over the head of a person who gave his book a 1 star. The reviewer was a woman at her place of employment and the author just went nuts.

  11. Take the good with the bad hunny
    It’s life. Without readers you wouldn’t have sells. Enjoy the reviews good, bad or indifferent

  12. The problem is that there are too many people who are quick to call themselves ‘authors’, but that haven’t earned the right to.

    Any idiot can write a book. That doesn’t mean it’s any good. If people say it sucks, so fucking what. Deal with it. Learn from it. Don’t cry like a fucking toddler.

    That is the difference between professionals and tweeny ‘writers’.

    Oh—and if any of your characters has purple eyes— start over. That shit sucks.

  13. I'm 8 months behind on this drama, but I agree wholeheartedly with everything you said. I came to your video from a different BookTuber who had the opposite take, and I about had a coronary trying not to leave a snarky comment on his video.

    Reviews = telling other readers how you felt about a book so they can make an informed decision for themselves. Simple. If someone didn't like your book, that isn't your target audience. And chances are, the people who run in their circle or follow their reviews also aren't in your target audience. So you probably don't want them reading your book anyway.

    I write, too, and I know how hard it is to take criticism, but holy cow, I feel like some of these authors should just be showing their books to their mothers instead of publishing, if this is how they're going to react. Well done, you wrote a book, but just because I don't like it doesn't mean your world is ending. Good grief. I paid money for workshopping/feedback on a short story a year ago and I still haven't opened the email because I know how bad that story is and I've since shelved it and I don't think I can handle facing those criticisms yet. Sometimes you just have to let things go, good or bad.

    Thanks for a great video and for being a reasonable voice amid all this drama.

  14. When I first started writing reviews, I made kind of a mistake and tagged an author on Twitter when I Tweeted the link to my review of her book. It was a four-star review, but I did point out quite a few problematic elements with the book as well. Then I kind of got upset when she didn't reply or react in any way. (Truthfully, I wasn't understanding the real reason for reviewing books–I was hoping that if I tagged her, her followers would see it and maybe follow me, too. I was writing the review not for the purpose of discussing the book itself, but I was just trying to garner more attention on social media.) Luckily, I haven't done that since, and I've now realized my mistake. Though it is worth saying that sometimes reviews can contain constructive criticism that the author should use in their future books, because this was the author's debut novel, and when she published her next book and I continued to notice the same problems with that one, (and it's also worth saying that a lot of other reviewers had similar problems with her books) I thought that maybe she should read some of her negative reviews and see what her audience is actually saying about her books.

  15. I don't know, I think maybe the biggest danger a new author may encounter is not negative reviews, but indifference. I've seen books I thought were just brilliant, but which got only one or two reviews in some cases. And I've seen books I thought were ridonkulous and got hundreds of reviews.

    Maybe the ideal thing, though it might cost you, is to have someone read your reviews and filter out all but the interesting parts.

  16. I don't think you should ignore them. Look at this a objective feedback. Look at the average review and take some constructive criticism to maybe improve your story.

  17. My mom got a response from the author on one of her negative reviews once, it made the author look SUPER unprofessional.

  18. I agree to an extent but constructive criticism is not for the reader. It serves no purpose for a reader.

  19. I have not published any books yet, but I've long-since gotten used to receiving mixed feedback on my art and hobby writing. I often find myself thanking people who write negative feedback, either for the helpful feedback so I can improve, or helping others decide whether me work will be up their alley, or because they insulted me in a funny manner. My all-time favorite review on a fanfiction was a negative one ("I have no idea wtf is the plot….this is more f-ked than pulp fiction and the breakfast club…").

    I agree if a review does offend me, I should not respond to it. And if a person is nasty or rude, don't respond to them. But I really think that, for me personally at least, interacting with people who give fair negative feedback, even (especially) snarky feedback, can be beneficial in the long run.

    In fact, when I think about the website I plan to make after I start self-publishing, I would like to post a variety of reviews on my book (*with the reviewers' permissions obviously*), to give people an idea of what to expect and decide if my book is up their alley. (Obviously if someone just writes "I hate this book it's horrible" I won't post that, but if someone gives specific reasons that I feel are fair, and will help illustrate what people should and should not expect from my book, that's the type of negative review I like.) Plus, if people see me as an honest person, then even if they hate or don't want to read my first book, I will still have left a positive impression. And, of course, if the negative reviews are funny, that can provide some entertainment and traffic for my site as well.

  20. Oh my, I love this so much! Art is, and always will be, subjective. As artists, we're sensitive, but I believe that as artists of any kind, you create the work as you see fit and then let it go into the universe for artists and non-artists to enjoy and talk about.

  21. This is great, I love hearing how you elucidate things. I'm an aspiring author and as much as I wish I could read my reviews, I know myself and I'm a sensitive person and I know I shouldn't read negative reviews (even though I totally understand how one book isn't for everyone) because I would get lost in judging myself, haha. Great suggestions, though, I can see myself either having good friends filter my reviews or changing my Goodreads setting. The Bane voice thing, though? I can't. Too perfect.

  22. i haven't finished my book yet and don't even know if i wanna publish it, but this was actually so encouraging, because i keep focusing so much on writing the """"perfect"""" clichee free book that no one would be able to find anything bad about, and it's obviously impossible and stresses me out and makes me change a plot that i'm happy with just because others might judge it. oof sorry for venting. i love your videos :p

  23. I agree. Great topic. And they should be grateful we read and reviewed their work. There are tons of awesome books out there but we chose their work and invested time and money readjng it.

  24. I never tag authors when I talk about their books on instagram. But: I do use a hashtag and it's weird when the author likes my picture with the review under it. I don't want them to feel bad if I say something negative, that's one reason why I don't tag them!

  25. I’m not published, but literally any time I receive any criticism I’m going to be doing it in a Tommy Wiseau voice. I’m crying

  26. …Yep. I gave a snarky review to a book on Goodreads. I slammed it because the writing was just terrible and my review amused me. Anyway, the author attempted to 'friend' me on Goodreads. I denied it, but it's still weird to me.

  27. Thanks for this video. I am a goodreads reviewer and have done only a few booktube videos. I feel there has been a lot of drama here lately. Author bashing without the benefit of proof Reviewers being stalked has happened. I can only speak for myself, and I totally agree that the reviews are for readers. Of course authors want good reviews, but even Stephen King has his haters. Reviewers is just a nice way of saying critic. Some people do try and pick apart a piece. Some you tubers are also trying to ruin authors reputations, this all seems petty and vindictive to me. have a good afternoon.

  28. OMG I've met my share of immature and defensive writers in my time in writers groups — they seldom last very long. It surprises me that writers can last in the business with such fragile egos.

  29. There are always the blind love and blind hate reviewers, but a lot of authors could learn a lot if they read the 3 or 4 star reviews on goodreads. This is usually where you find the reviews of people who like the book, but see it's faults and care enough to want it to be better. As a reader, I rarely pay attention to the 1 and 5 star reviewers; they usually have nothing sensible to say.

    I wish Karen Marie Moning would take some of her readers' reviews to heart. Her books might improve if she did. She didn't deal well with criticism from her fans, but got angry and said they read the books wrong. Not as extreme as you mention, but very petty. I'm addicted to the Fever series, but I watched it fall apart more with each book and I wish the books were better. A lot of the fans have really helpful things to say and it would be worth listening to them.

  30. Love this video!! Re: "you are not your book" — the best thing that I ever did to kill my fear of negative reviews was write freelance. I was (am) writing someone else's ideas (on a topic I enjoyed, mind you!) and getting paid very little for the amount of work I put in. The first time a book went up and I read some reviews that weren't great, I thought to myself, "you know, I did my part, there's no way I get paid NEARLY enough to correct all these issues." It was such a wakeup call!

  31. This is perfect. Both as a writer and reviewer. I especially agree with you about not tagging authors in negative reviews. And I love your attitude.

  32. Great video. As a reader who occasionally writes a review on a book I would like to add that sometimes I find the negative reviews helpful. If I am on the fence about reading a book I will read the good and bad reviews. I usually find it is the bad reviews that lead me to pick the book up. This is not because I want to see if the book is really that bad but because often the negative review will have a more intriguing write up than the gushy 5* reviews.

    However I recently left a 3* review for an author whose work I usually love and I felt so bad but it just didnt do it for me this time. I am not worried how the author will react I have never seen anything bad from her regarding reviews so I guess she doesn't read them. Plus I have never tagged an author in my reviews ever good or bad. If they want to see it they will find it on their own.

    Also readers don't go into a book wanting to leave a negative review. If we feel compelled to leave a negative review we were genuinely disappointed by it. Also I don't always write a review but leave a star rating as this is just as telling as a written review.

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