Recently, on a chapter loop that I belong to, our members have carried on a discussion about writing reviews. One of the ladies mentioned that she wrote a poor review on a well-known author. That kicked up opinions from some of the others.
I have found this a very interesting topic. I'm surprised to hear people say they won't review another author's work. It seems to me that it is somewhat short-sighted, in that if a published author reviews your work with good results, it is a really good marketing tool. I can understand not publishing negative reviews, the ramifications are obvious I guess. But refusing to do a positive review seems odd. I'd like to give an author a good review if it is genuine, and why not? If I enjoyed the work, and I'm published myself (which I'm not, so IMHO) it is a good way to boost the whole publishing community and thank the author for the enjoyment I received from their work. ~ Sylvia Blenkin
I'm in agreement with you. I think it's beneficial to both the author and the reader to hear an honest review. That being said, I don't agree with people who are rude or condescending in their remarks. It takes a lot for an author to put their 'baby' out there for others to see, treat that with the respect it deserves. ~Jacquie Biggar
Myself, I agree with Sylvia and Jacquie. I've always been happy to review other authors work. If they're a debut author and I've found any enjoyment in their work, I try and give them a 5-star always mentioning the fact that it's their first release so others reading the review will be a little less judgmental. If I can't give a book more than three, I refuse to write the review. Mostly the four stars will be because I don't believe the author put out their best effort as far as the formatting, editing and grammar. And if I know or care about that writer, I usually send them a personal note of encouragement to revise their work.
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