Thank you to everyone who took part in the Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge. And an extra big thanks to those who commented on my blog, or at least read these tips. Stay tuned next week for the REFLECTIONS post.
Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
is for Zero Lines Crossed
While it is okay to write a negative book review, there are lines that should not be crossed. Avoid putting any of the following into a review:
- Privacy violations
- Libelous allegations (something damaging to a reputation)
- Inflammatory or violent comments
Why would you even consider taking the time to write a one-star review? Because it will help you grow as an author.
Even if you opt to keep it to yourself, or send it to the author directly, it still gives you a chance to learn. Knowing what you don’t like is just as important as knowing what you love.
There is an example of a one-star review in my book. (The reviewed book doesn’t exist.)
As authors, we’re especially inclined to avoid writing one or two-stars book reviews. We appreciate how much time and effort it takes to put a book out there. The lowest one I’ve ever written was because a book was a work of flat-out plagiarism. (The book has since been removed from all sale sites.)
It’s hard to not find at least one nice thing to say. Should you spare the feelings of a fellow author, or save the time of fellow readers? Will you inform the place that sells the book about a quality issue? Or do you stay silent? Everyone has to follow their heart on this. I will only tell you that, if you do write one, keep the lines crossed at ZERO.
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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