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Should Book Bloggers Post “Bad” Book Reviews?

Rachel Poli

As a writer, when I read a book that I don’t particularly care for, I feel bad giving it a “bad” review. As a writer, I know how hard an author works on their book. I know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into it. I understand how time consuming it is, how much hard work and dedication gets thrown into the book.

Yet, as a book blogger, I’m obligated to be honest – but fair – in my book reviews. Especially if I get the book for free from the author.

So, what do you do when you don’t care too much for a book you read?

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What is a “bad” book review?

To me, giving a book a “bad” review means giving it a 1- or 2-star rating. Of course, everyone’s rating system is different, but I typically go by the Goodreads rating system. To me, a…

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Writers, Don’t Wear a “Black Hat.” 10 Ways to Tank Your Author Brand – by Anne R. Allen…

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Aggression, greed, and paranoia do not enhance your author brand

Recently there’s been a bizarre drama going on in the book world. It’s been given the name #cockygate, because it involves a cocky author who managed to trademark the word “cocky” in a deluded attempt to eliminate the “competition” and “protect” her author brand.

She ended up doing the opposite.

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WRITERS RESOURCES UPDATED – Please Bookmark, Browse and Share with your Author, Writer, Blogger Friends…

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TSRA’s WRITERS RESOURCESIn an ever evolving effort to make this blog a better resource to Authors, Writers, poets and fellow bloggers,  I have created these pages to index various external sites and in-blog articles that I hope will be useful, (including over 530 HOW TO 101: articles)

Just click on the links below to be taken to the relevant pages:

COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

EBOOK FORMATTING

EDITING TIPS: 101

EDITORS

GRAMMAR – ENGLISH

HOW TO: 101

HOW TO – MAKE AUDIOBOOKS

HOW TO – BUILD A BOOK TRAILER

INFORMATION-BUSINESS

MARKETING

PUBLISHERS

REVIEWERS

 

This index and associated pages will be added to over time :D

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Hare and Tortoise – Online Marketing vs Social Media Marketing – by Derek Haines…

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 on Just Publishing Advice:

Online Marketing vs Social Media Marketing.

Which one works best to promote your books or services?

Every author or blogger knows that both forms of digital marketing are useful in attracting readers and book buyers.

In fact, because blogging and selling books are such hand in hand activities now, the line between them can often get blurred.

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VOTING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS @BLOGGERSBASH…

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How to Re-Blog without a Re-blog Button | Self Publishing on a Budget

via How to Re-Blog without a Re-blog Button | Self Publishing on a Budget

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10 Reasons Why #BookBloggers Refuse to Review Indie Books #MPBooks

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Before anyone gets upset by the above title, I’m not having a go at bloggers or trying to upset any indie authors out there. Instead I want to write a post to explore the reasons why book bloggers might refuse to review books, and this is especially the case sometimes with indie titles.

Not all book bloggers refuse to review books, not all book bloggers refuse to review indie books, but sometimes they do. And when a blogger does, there’s no point in being upset, if you’re an author, as there are always reasons behind it.

Below are 10 random reasons, some by own, others I’ve found online, for why bloggers might, and I stress might, refuse to review a book. If you’re an author, especially an indie author, it might be worth reading this, and if you are a book blogger, do you agree?

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Darkness Defines the Light – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…

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Without darkness, light would have no definition. Without evil, good would never be challenged to expand. Without definition and challenge, there would be no growth. Without growth, our spirits would not evolve.

Many indigenous peoples say the Earth is a schoolhouse and we incarnate here in order to learn. This makes sense only if we view the spirit as separate from the corporeal. If we do, then advancing to higher consciousness and an elevated spiritual plane holds great promise for human transcendence.

The Earth is a bipolar planet. Since all matter converts to energy, we can infer that our lessons will be of a bipolar nature. Darkness and evil are not, in and of themselves, our enemies. When we set up something as the enemy, we constrict and lose all prospect of growth. When we see adversity as our ally, our growth potential expands and accelerates.

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Different Types of Closure

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I’ve said in previous posts that one of the most important parts of concluding a series is creating closure. You need to bring things to an end, which isn’t as easy as some people think.  In fact, one of the reasons it can be so tough is because you have a variety of closure types to choose from.  It depends a lot on what you’re going for, but even planning doesn’t alleviate all the pressure.  So, what are the types?

  1. Classic Good Ending– All of the good guys get what they wanted and all of the bad guys got what they deserved.  It’s the oldest type of closure in the book.  Nothing messy and no risk of people feeling it’s a downer.  Though, you might get called out for being weak and unoriginal.
  2. Classic Bad Ending– I’m not sure how long it took for someone…

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Let Us Keep Our Hearts Open – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…

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Figure 1 Courtesy of Lucie Stastkova

It is easy to close our hearts; not so easy to keep them open. Or so it seems …

When we experience emotional pain, a common human response is fight or flight. Become angry or shut down. Neither of these reactions solves anything, and both can cause serious health problems if sustained over time.

Fear is the culprit in any action or reaction that is not love-based. It obscures awareness and keeps us ignorant of its deleterious effects. It constricts our bodies, imprisons our minds, catapults our emotions, and darkens our spirits. When trapped in fear, it is impossible to keep our hearts open.

If we close our hearts to one, we close them to all. Open is open and closed is closed. At one time, this was a difficult concept for me to get my head around. I thought I could open and…

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