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The Ugly Side of Book Reviews

I’m a slow reader (thanks to a bit of dyslexia), so if I take time to read ANYTHING it has to be worth my time since my time is very limited to begin with. If I’m reading your work, it means something and 9 out of 10 times I will leave a comment just so you know I appreciate your creativity.

Book reviews? I’ve only done one. But with the author’s permission I dissected his work, checked for errors and submitted 2 reviews:
– one to the author with all my edit suggestions
– one to Amazon (minus edit suggestions) highlighting what I enjoyed about the book.
The author was very pleased that I took my time and gave a thorough review.

I would assume that an honest book reviewer would do the same. So I was surprised to stumble upon the following post telling of shady review practices.

If you are planning on having your work published beware of shady book review services.

Check out the following post for more details. Enjoy 🌷

August 21 2016

Pirate Patty Reviews

shelvedbooksAnd yes there is a very ugly side!Let me back up a second. Yesterday while I was reading all of the blogs that I follow I came across one that was offering to read your book and review it for $30. I was so appalled I un-followed him on the spot!

Later I saw a post about book reviews on FB and while a couple of things it said about reviews was helpful there were a couple of things that bothered me. One was: “You don’t even have to finish the book to leave a review!” Uh, yes, yes you do. How can you tell me about a book you haven’t even read?  The second one was ” Just say you liked it”.

I am aware of Amazon’s policies concerning reviews. If you paid or got paid, your review is coming down sooner or later. As for the guy…

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4 thoughts on “The Ugly Side of Book Reviews”

      1. Oh that’s wonderful! You can perhaps write a post about that 😁
        I’m well. Just back from the playground with munchkin and doggie. It’s a lovely day. Now to relax for a bit.
        Enjoy the rain. Hugs. 🌷

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