These always intrigue me…personally, I won’t go out of my way to leave one unless I enjoyed something, but that’s just me…and I’m quite happy to hear from people that didn’t quite enjoy one of my books – an honest opinion is a valid one. It can often help to make our work better in the future.
What I don’t get however, are the reviews that complain you haven’t written a book they would like. There isn’t anything wrong with the book per se, it just isn’t the type of story they like to read…If they chose not to finish reading it, does anyone else care? I mean, that’s fine.. plenty of books I couldn’t get into and put down, but do I need to go and tell the author ‘hey you didn’t write this how I wanted it!’ 😉
Should I maybe point out that actually the book was written for more people than you – mainly for females too, but hey I’ve had a lot of male readers so, I welcome all.
As a writer though you need to build a thick skin – its water off a ducks back, but still it makes me wonder why people do that? (Oh and btw, if a bit of angst/sadness isn’t your thing, you’re definitely not going to want to read my next book…actually, any of them! 😉 )
I’ve found it interesting too that people can enjoy one aspect of the first book, but in the second book they didn’t like that same aspect! Well, knock me sideways and gimme a t-shirt that says ‘can’t win either way.’ 😉
So, what’s the deal with reviews are they helpful or a hindrance? Do you read them as a reader or a writer? Do you reply to them?
I pretty much take everything with a pinch of salt, but if its a valid criticism then I’ll take it onboard. Otherwise, I guess that old adage of ‘if someone hasn’t written the book you want to read, write it yourself’ comes to mind… cos this isn’t easy. It takes more than just an imagination and a laptop. It’s months of someone’s time, months of editing and re-writing. And then it takes balls… Yep, it takes guts and bravery to put yourself out there and have your work read by others. Maybe consider that when you go to compile your next review.
So, here’s the deal:
If its not for you then that’s fine, put it down, give it away, delete it…(Jeez, kindle even let you refund and I gave this book away for free)… but you don’t need to comment further really, do you? You don’t have to be upset about it that the book wasn’t for you, do you? Life is way to short to be that unhappy about a book, that wasn’t written specifically for you!