So, I was having a conversation with another author and we were talking about reviews. As in book reviews. Reviews we write and reviews that are written about our books. She brought up a review that was written on her current release. She told me how the reviewer really liked the book, and left a great review–but the review also spoiled the twist at the end of the book. Now this is a contemporary romance, so there is no suspense involved, but my friend had written this cool twist that would more than likely be a surprise to the majority of readers.
A surprise unless they read the review, that is!
So, that got me to thinking. I know on Goodreads they have a button to push if you do have spoilers. That way the person reading your review can decide if they want to read the whole thing or not. I think I’ve seen on Amazon where the reviewer writes “spoiler alert” at the beginning. That is a great way to warn review readers.
As an author I know how important reviews are. And I try! I really try to write reviews. (Especially for books I LOVE!) But, I don’t retell the story. I give my reasons why I loved the book. I encourage people to buy the book. I describe the characters and explain why I liked them.
I saw a review on one of my friend’s books that was a 1 star review. I clicked on the comment and it said the pages were too yellow. What? This was a current book. Not sure how that happened. I received a 1 star review because (among other things) “The main character’s name is Honey. Honey. Really?” Suffice it to say the reviewer didn’t like the name. Eh—you can’t please everyone, I surmised.
I don’t mind critical reviews if there is something I can learn from them.
I’ve decided there are 4 groups of readers. 1-Don’t write reviews. 2-Writes long, involved reviews. 3-Write short, skimpy but heartfelt reviews. 4-Writes and rates every book they read. (So, I know this doesn’t encompass everyone, but it will do for this post.)
I’d love to know where you stand on the review spectrum. And I’d also love to know if you read reviews and if/how they impact you buying books. Personally, even if I read a bad review on a book I really want to read, I still buy the book. I don’t let bad reviews scare me away from reading a book. (Or writing, either!)
Also, speaking of reviews, you can’t leave one yet for my newest book, but you can preorder Their Surprise Second Chance here!
I can’t wait to read your comments–let’s talk reviews!