So I’m going to show you some of my ouchies…
I enjoy reading strange stories but these were disjointed and boring. It felt like they were odd for oddities sake and as such they sucked. The third story was the least terrible but only marginally.
its a good book. My sister begged my dad to buy this book. you should read this book. Very weird and strange people in this book plus my sister Rebekah
Read 3 chapters and decided my time is worth more than what I was spending on it. Still couldn’t get into it. First Amazon book I’ve regretted purchasing.
Yes, these are all reviews for my stuff, posted on various sites. That ‘least terrible’ story is about to be reprinted in a “Best of” anthology. That book they regretted purchasing? That was a Nebula finalist. The middle review is on the same book, but it reads like it was written by a 6-year-old. They keep me humble ;o)
So what’s my point here? Well, when your work goes out into the world, you often have people in the genre review it. They know the genre, they know what the expectations are for the genre, and they understand that you’re writing a specific length.
But sites like Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble? The reviewers on these sites are not necessarily reviewers of the same ilk. Some are. Some put up well considered reviews that help other readers understand what your book is like. Others? Well, some others just aren’t that helpful (particularly when they’re anonymous.)
When your work goes out into the world, you have to be prepared for it. No matter that a gazillion people give you a 5-star rating, there are going to be people who don’t agree. It’s part of life.
What are you going to do about it? Well, hopefully nothing. People have a right to say whatever they want about your work. And no matter how much it stings, it’s better not to respond to their reviews. How about asking your friends to gang up on the reviewer and take it down? (I saw someone doing this on FB just last week.) Really? Like a bunch of kids in the schoolyard going to take out the kid with glasses?
My advice? Just ignore it. If your work is any good, it’ll attract more good reviews than bad. And try not to spend too much time checking on your reviews. Easier said than done, I know, but…
Also, I don’t think buying reviews is a good idea either.
Just live with it.