Welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday, a meme that was started by the lovely Cambria Hebert. This is the meme where she asks us a question, and we answer it. Pretty simple, right? Well, it all depends on the question! Sometimes they are super easy to answer, while others can be quite difficult.
This week’s question, is I would have to say, on the more difficult level. The question of the week is:
How do you feel about negative book reviews? Writing them and reading them…
As an author, I absolutely HATE negative book reviews. Period. No question about it. They can hurt sales, and sometimes, depending on the reviewer, can be down right hurtful. I’ve been on the receiving end of negative reviews, and so I can personally say that they stink. BUT it also depends on how they are written.
I don’t know about you, I HATE reading reviews that have a ton of name calling. I just don’t get it. Don’t you guys know that your reviews are PUBLIC, and it can and will ruin your image as a reviewer? I see this not only for books, but for apps as well. I once downloaded an Iphone app for the game, Deal or No Deal. I LOVED that game show, so I thought, why not? I read the reviews, and they were just terrible. BUT NONE of the reviews stated WHY it was terrible. So, I purchased the app (it was only .99 btw), and decided to see for myself.
Well, it was an awful app, but in my review I made sure to tell the creator of the app what needed to be fixed. I hope that they appreciated my review.
As a reviewer, (I review books for Literary Lunes Publications and Paranormal Poison), I personally HATE writing negative reviews. BUT, as Heidi mentioned in her blog, we are all entitled to our opinions. Sometimes I just don’t like a book I’ve read, but I usually try to highlight BOTH the positive AND the negative. Unfortunately, in some cases like 50 Shades of Grey, there just aren’t any positive points, and in those cases, I usually just leave the reviews on my blogs.
I absolutely DO NOT condone authors outing reviewers. I was absolutely disgusted when I heard that last week via twitter. Author Stacia Kane kept going on and on about how awful it was. It turned out, I was in one of those groups causing the drama on goodreads, and promptly left the group when I realized who it was. I just don’t get it. What’s the purpose of outing people? Reviewers are an author’s best friend and can also be their worst enemy.
Honestly folks, why can’t we all just get along?