Rating and Reviewing, Reviews
I received my first 2 star review. Yay 🙂 Yes, I know I’m weird. Believe me I’ve been told that many times for many different reasons. In fact in a round about way, Friday morning, John Cox aka Paul Dorset, told me that I really must like the dentist more than him, because I was way too happy about my dentist appointment. There is a method to my madness.
I talked a little about reviews in my last post, “Take a Chance on Me.” And that was before I received a 2-star review. Yikes! And yet, I still stand by those principles. Did the review put me in a funk, actually yes it did, but only for a little while. I saw the 2-stars and the first sentence and threw up my hands, got off the internet and stomped away muttering, “I give up.” I took my dogs outside to play, and then I came in and took a nice relaxing bath and finally told myself, “It’s time to review my review and my reviewer.”
Anyway, the 2-star review was for, “The Good Dr. Grant”
Here’s the basic breakdown;
She said it was a slow read. Okay, well maybe I didn’t have enough action in it, but to me romance has to…Hmm…I can’t think of the word I want to use, but…evolve naturally, is a good fit.
Okay, let’s break down the rest of it;
She said the premise was good. Which I interpreted as being, the storyline was good and that it took her from beginning, to middle, to the end. Which for me is a goal I strive on.
She said it needed more substance and less white space words. Okay I can live with that.
And she said it needed either an editor or proofreader, which I had already been told by Gary Henry at http://honestindiebookreviews.wordpress.com/ about that.
Now to look at my reviewer.
She has given 52 reviews total. Fifty for books, 1 for a video game, and 1 for a movie.
- 19 – 1 stars
- 10 – 2 stars
- 4 – 3 stars
- 9 – 4 stars
- 8 – 5 stars
I read through her reviews, most of which are short, concise, and to the point.
Reading between the lines when it came to my novel and comparing it to the others,
- She didn’t stop reading after the first couple of chapters
- She didn’t complain about my characters
- She even gave Danielle Steele a 1-star for one of her books! (Now I don’t feel so bad) 🙂
- And last, but not least, she didn’t ask for a refund like she did with some of the others.
Am I embarrassed that I got a 2 – star review? A little, but I’d rather point out my own mistakes, then have others do it for me.
And I did try to find her on twitter and facebook, to ask if she’d like to review my other two books. 🙂 If you would like to review one of my books, just let me know and I’ll send you a copy.
Okay time to sum this up.
If you are afraid of 1 or 2 star reviews, don’t put your book out there for others to read.
No matter what star rating you get, take the time to analyze it and check out your reviewer. See what your reviewer reads, what they like and look for in a book, and use that as a guideline to find your target market.
Learn from your reviews.
Don’t get disheartened. Don’t take it as a personal threat. Not everyone will like what you write. We all have our own tastes and styles.
And last, take the time to thank your reviewer. They didn’t have to read your book and they didn’t have to leave you a review.
Here is the link to her reviews;
And this is my horoscope for today. 10/30/12 Which I think is perfect for this post!
The good news is that today you will finally be able to close the door on past work issues. It’s all water under the bridge right now, and you can feel free to start focusing on more productive and positive goals. You have learned some very valuable lessons, and you’ve got things under your control. You have proven yourself, and those in power are ready to give you some more responsibilities! Everyone is ready to see what you have to offer, so get ready to put on a great show!
Have you received a 1 or 2 star review? How did it make you feel? Did you learn something from it?
Sounds good to me! Now I am off to shut my inner editor up and write! Hugs for a great day everyone!