What’s new with me? I Yahoo’d myself!
There’s a couple of things I want to talk about today and I’d love to hear your views!
I’ve Googled myself before…Come on, admit it. You’ve Googled yourself too! LOL! But I don’t think I’ve ever Yahoo’d.
What did I find out? Well, for one, I am all over the place.
But there was one very interesting thing that I did find. One of my books has been uploaded to a website to download for free. I don’t know if I should be furious or flattered. Flattered that one of my books would be pirated right along with Stephen King and James Patterson, but furious that I am losing money that I worked hard to earn.
What’s your thoughts on this? And what would you do if you found out that your book has been pirated?
Now on to the next subject.
That’s the question and if you click on it, it will take you to a discussion on Amazon.
Do you reply to your reviewers? I’ve heard some say they don’t and I really haven’t heard anything positive from the ones that do. So I am curious as to what the norm is.
I feel, and this is just my personal opinion, that it is common courtesy to thank the reviewer for the review whether it be a 1-star or a 5-star. If they take the time to read my book and review it, I feel they deserve a “thank you” That’s it. That’s not hard. You don’t have to jump down their throat because you don’t like their review. And if you do go off on them, other reviewers are going to be hesitant to leave a review.
I don’t stay up-to date on everything that goes on, but evidently there is a big thing about a Self Published Author who threatened to sue a reviewer.
HELLO! You put your book out there. You wanted people to read it. And you wanted reviews. YOU! Not anyone else, but YOU! Or Me. Or the next guy. Or girl.
Here’s the thing, not everyone is going to like what you write. We can’t please all the people all the time.
And of course I have to add, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
And I’m not just picking on authors, this should apply to reviewers as well.
I read one review left for another author and the person giving the review claimed to be an editor. Okay, but the problem with her review was she not only trashed the author and the book, but 90% of her review, was just her personal opinion. Personally, after reading her review, I would NOT want her to be my editor.
I commented on the discussion about authors and reviewers and basically what I said was that most of the time reviewers give constructive criticism and we should be thankful for their feedback.
One of the replies to my comment was from a reviewer who disagreed with me. She was nice about it and she did admit she was venting, but she said that she used to work for a publisher and if she is going to give feedback she expects to be paid for it.
So I am going to give you a few examples of reviews vs. feedback vs. personal opinions and then let you go out and enjoy your day! 🙂
Positive Review with a personal opinion (I don’t think you can have a review without a personal opinion)
This was a story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. I really enjoyed this story. I give it 5 stars.
Negative Review with a personal opinion
This was a story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. I really didn’t like this story, it was too cliche, so I am giving it a 2 star.
Review with constructive criticism and feedback (Can be good or bad, it just depends on how you look at it)
This story was so slow. The premise was good. The characters were funny. Too many typographical errors. Too much white space. I wouldn’t read it again.
I actually received a similar review for one of my novels and yes, I did thank her.
Why? Because I read some of her other reviews.
Ones that said;
- This book has so many errors just in the first chapter that I couldn’t finish it.
- I want my money back!
- This book was free and I still want my money back. In fact the author should have paid me to read it.
- If this were a paperback instead of an ebook, I would have thrown it against the wall
So I thanked her. She liked the story. She gave me some constructive criticism and feedback and she didn’t throw it against the wall. 🙂
And the last one…
Bad Review with a lot of personal opinion and very little constructive criticism
I hated this book. It started out great and then fell apart. The author kept talking about his stupid brown dog and there were too many typographical errors and the hero was bald. Who likes a bald hero? No one, that’s who. Don’t know why this author thinks they can write. This was just a stupid book. Don’t waste your money. And in my opinion, blah, blah, blah…
Now this is a reviewer whom you should thank. Nothing fancy, just; “I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy my book, but I thank you for taking the time to leave a review.” Or don’t thank them. Just whatever you do, don’t go berserk on them. Why? Because it makes you look bad.
Moral of the story: Learn to read between the lines and analyze your reviews. And even if you don’t thank your reviewers, be thankful for them.
I love to hear your thoughts and opinions. I may not always agree, but I always respect them. 🙂
I have a couple more posts for you this week, so…
Till then: HUGS!