For those inclined to write a review of a book…it’s okay to leave a negative review if that’s how you felt about the book…but please don’t divulge the entire plot. State your opinion and the reasons for it (as vaguely as possible) and be done. Don’t ruin it for others who may, or may not, share your opinion.
Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing
My novel, Island in the Clouds, recently received a second 2-star review on a book review site. I’m okay with the rating, because I know not everyone will enjoy my writing so this was a little jolt of reality to counter all those 4-and-5-stars I had been receiving since I first published the book in February of 2012.
What caused me to take exception with the reviewer was that she had listed my novel in the “Thriller” category – which it is not – then complained that it had not been “thriller” enough. Worse though was that she recounted much of the plot line, right down to the ending, taking away any potential suspense readers may have discovered for themselves, had they a mind to read my book, in spite of the low rating and this reviewer’s comments. She did not include a “May Contain Spoilers” warning.
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2 responses to “On reviews and reviewing”
Thanks for reblogging, Tim!
My pleasure – thank you for addressing a very important aspect of book reviews.