I’ve reviewed a lot of books. I’ve had great experiences and very bad ones. I’ve often wondered how much stock the actual author puts into reviews. I know some take them very seriously. I have worked closely with authors who took every suggestion I had to heart and worked on the issues I brought up. From my experiences, these authors are few and far between.
As a consumer, before I purchase books, I almost always check the reviews. I weigh the good and the bad. I often check on multiple websites to make sure I’m getting a fair sorting.
As a reviewer, I try to give detailed constructive criticism. I go at the review with the mindset that the Author is wanting to put their best work forward. If I were to release any of my writing, I would want it to be the best I had.
I’ve witnessed a lot of sour grapes as well. Some reviewers will review books from genres they know they don’t like and give it a crappy rating. This grinds my gears. In my mind, these type of reviews are a waste of everyone’s time. The perspective consumer and the author. Neither can use that review for anything constructive.
As an Author, do you take reviewers seriously when they critique your writing?
How do you deal with sour grapes?
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