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#1 Jeri Lynn Stone

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:26 PM

I received an email from one of my twitter followers who is an author and has about 2100 followers asking if they could interview me and do a book review on their website. Which is a good website and the reviews are hard but fair. I'm thrilled and honored that they asked but my concern is in the end if the reviews are bad (everyone has their own opinions, likes and dislikes) what would I do? Other than cry. :sad: Pull my book of smashwords and amazon and not put it back on? Pull and revise per their suggestions and place them back on? And if I did revise, the old review would still be on there for everyone to see. Am I being overly cautious or just a chicken $%^ ?

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 02:35 PM

Just my opinion, but ... you've published your book. It's out there. They don't need your permission to review your book. If you agree to do the interview, that's some nice exposure for you.

Reviews will happen. Some will be good, some will be not-so-good.

Reviews are not critiques from which to revise your work, so I don't recommend pulling, revising, then re-publishing. Reviews are to inform other readers about what the reviewer liked or didn't like about your book.

I'd say go for it ... and just have some chocolate (or ice cream, or other vice of choice) on hand. :wink:

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#3 Jeri Lynn Stone

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:04 PM

Thanks R.C. It sounds a lot better when you put it that way and I feel better about it. I wanted to do it, but that dang nagging fear held me back. Ok... headed to the liquor / chocolate store....just in case.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:37 PM

I agree with R.C., the book is already out there. Reviews (both good and bad) are all a part of the process. This is a great oppurtunity for exposure. I would jump at the chance.
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 04:42 PM

Yes, go for it Jeri. Getting any kind of review is hard for indies - I'd jump at the chance.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:07 PM

Just my opinion, but ... you've published your book. It's out there. They don't need your permission to review your book. If you agree to do the interview, that's some nice exposure for you.

Reviews will happen. Some will be good, some will be not-so-good.

Reviews are not critiques from which to revise your work, so I don't recommend pulling, revising, then re-publishing. Reviews are to inform other readers about what the reviewer liked or didn't like about your book.


Nail hit on the head! You can cry if you want to (the first time) but you must NEVER engage publically with a reviewer who gives you a negative review (or even one who gives you a positive review but makes an invalid point that drives you crazy).
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Posted 24 July 2012 - 05:47 PM

First, if you're going to stress out over a single review - stop writing. Or, at least, stop publishing. That's like an athelete who doesn't want the ball when the game is on the line.

About reviews, I say there are:

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Good Reviews, Bad Reviews Favorable Reviews, Unfavorable Reviews.

Any particular review can have one choice from each column.

I would like all my reviews to be Good. Whether they are favorable or not is out of my control.

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#8 Jeri Lynn Stone

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 06:06 AM

Great...Great advice everyone. Thanks a lot. I accepted the invitation for the interview yesterday.

#9 Andrea Lambert

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Posted 08 February 2016 - 02:48 PM

You should totes go for the opportunity to get a review, they are hard to get and really help your book. Great opportunity, no matter what they say. Even if it's not 100% positive it will get people interested in your book. That's what you want.

 

I know the sort of stuff I write is very niche and specific and a lot of people don't like it, so I have learned to take joy in how hilarious some of the negative Amazon reviews are. Sometimes they reveal to you that your master plan is working after all.

 

Whatever you do, do not unpublish your book because of a bad review. Bad reviews happen. There are always haters out there who had a bad day and are mad they didn't write a book. Don't let them get you down.

 

When you write a book, you put something very specific and precious and beautiful into the world and leave it to fend for itself. No takes backsies. Bad reviews will happen, but you need to develop a thick skin and just roll with it. Remember, at least they paid enough attention to me to read the book and  write the negative review. That in itself is a victory and should be taken as such.


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LORAZEPAM & THE VALLEY OF SKIN: EXTRAPOLATIONS ON LOS ANGELES from valeveil: http://www.valeveil.se/posts/196
 

HAUNTING MUSES from Bedazzled Ink on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/194383752X

 

WRITING THE WALLS DOWN: A CONVERGENCE OF LGBTQ VOICES from Trans-Genre Press: http://trans-genre.n...the-walls-down/
 
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