Reviews, Hmmmm

May 3, 2016

Yes I am writing about reviews again, but this is what is on my mind.  And this is a little different.  I will admit that I have been lax when it comes to reviewing books I have read.  Usually, if I LOVE a book beyond reason, I might review it.  Conversely, if I want to rip out my eyes for reading it, I have at one or two occasions wrote one star reviews.  I don't like giving them, but I was so angry that I had spent money on the book I couldn't hold back.  I've put a few reviews on Goodreads, a few more than I have on Amazon.  The thing is, now that I'm publishing my own books I realized something.  Dammit, I NEED reviews.  On Amazon.  I honestly don't think I'm getting many people interested in actually buying my book from Goodreads reviews.  Makes me sad because I want to share my work with as many people as possible.  But, I'll admit it.  Unless it is an author who I really like, I always check their rating.  I usually read different types of reviews for the book.  I'll read a five star, a one star and several four and three stars.  I'll admit, based on the reviews I've read, I have given three star books and been happy.  Which is why I read a selection of different reviews per book.  Where do I read these reviews?  On Amazon as I am trying to decide if I want to buy a book or not.  And here I am, an author in DESPERATE need for reviews ON AMAZON and what am I doing with these books?  Mostly, not reviewing them.  There is an author or two for whom I'll go on Amazon and write a review one out of every four books or so, but I can do better.  As I check for reviews on Amazon and hope and pray that the people who have bought my book will put up a review on Amazon, I realized I need to be as giving as I am hoping people will be.  So, from now on, if the book is three stars or above in my eyes, I WILL write a review.  As for one or two stars, probably not.  Unless I'm really angry, which does not happen often.  Sometimes I just don't like a book, but that has nothing to do with the author.  Still, I think I might try to temper those things.  Better to say nothing than to be cruel.  Why the change of heart?  I've encountered a couple of low reviews of my books and I wanted to cry so badly because of them.  I wanted to respond, not attack, but respond and I had to fight myself to just let it go.  You can't please everyone.  So I'll try to pull back on low star reviews that I write and push forward on three and above.  And I am going to put these on Amazon, to help my fellow authors.  I'll admit, however, that I am terrible at writing reviews.  But that doesn't matter.  The other day when an individual on Amazon gave me a five star review for The Hawk In Winter, I wasn't counting how many sentences they wrote, I was just ecstatic that I got a review on Amazon at all!  So I left a comment, thanking that person.  I hope they read it, because I genuinely appreciated it.  So, what do you think?  Are you going to try your hand at writing more reviews?  I hope you do, even if you aren't reviewing me.  Happy reading all!!!


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