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Sandra McLeod Humphrey

I just finished reading How to Get Your Book Reviewed and it's a WONDERFUL resource--it covers just about everything an author needs to know about book reviews. Thanks so much!

Dana Lynn Smith

Thank you so much, Sandra!

Amber Polo

I loved How to Get Your Book Reviewed. Made me pay even more attention to the reviews on Amazon and who is posting them. I'm more likely to "Like" books and post reviews. I also am more likely to "Not helpful" those who seem to be just cheap shots or off the mark. I also often check if people giving glowing 5 star reviews to books have reviewed other books. Many have not and lose credibility with me. It feels like having your relatives post reviews.

Donita Paul

I have learned to pay little attention to the reviews that give a one star. Usually the writer of the review has an agenda or just likes to spout off. I am wary of three stars as well, dating back to the statistic classes I took in college. The mid point didn't declare anything and mostly avoided giving an opinion. That isn't necessarily being a mugwump. There are many times when I don't feel strongly, one way or another about a book. I wouldn't throw it into the river and I wouldn't keep it on the shelf for frequent re-read. In that case, a three star designation is acceptable.
When I'm looking at reviews for my books, I read the five star reviews for warm fuzzies. Armed with good strokes to my ego, I read the two stars. Often there are valid points in these. If said as constructive criticism (even my son has told me my battle scenes are meek) I try harder to fine tune this part of my craft. Then I read the four stars where more bits of wisdom often lurk. And if my confidence in my craft has taken too many hits, I read the five stars again. I have author friends who never read reviews. That's okay too. I don't want my ego squashed or my head swelling like a pumpkin in September. I've identified one reviewer who delights in crushing reviews. I see his name and skip it. I would just like him to know I don't bother reading his vitriol. That would be satisfying. However, it's petty, too. Do reviews help me as the author? Yes, I think the well-written and thoughtful analysis of a reader is priceless in affirming what I do right and motivating to hone my craft in areas I am weak.
I'm going to go look at Dana Lynn Smith's book.

Dana Lynn Smith

Amber and Donita, thanks so much for your insights.

I tend to think of reviews as promotional tools (it's what I do!) but it's interesting to hear Donita's perspective on how reviews affect her personally an author.

Judith Briles

Reviews do matter and in an online marketplace where the pre-purchasing experience is very minimal (like scanning the book, seeing the actuality of the book), knowing real experiences of other customers who already owned the book will give other customers what it feels like if they too own the book. It is an indirect promotional means but more sincere and reliable than the usual advertisement.

Dana Lynn Smith

Judith, thanks for your comments. I like the way you put it - "sincere and reliable."

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