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Authors – why you shouldn’t ignore bad reviews #wwwblogs #bookreviews

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The one or two star review. It strikes fear into the heart of every author. There are reams of articles about how to handle bad reviews everywhere. And most of them give the same advice.

Ignore them, they say. Scroll right on past. Don’t take it to heart. All authors get bad reviews. Not everyone will like your book. Maybe the reviewer had an ulterior motive. Forget about it. Move on. Keep your head up.

Well, yes. To all of these. But also, no…

Writing is hard. I know that, I’m an author. You invest huge amounts of time and effort into your writing. It can be a pain. And it’s terrifying having your work out there, where it can be picked apart. Wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone could bear all that in mind when they write a review of your book?

But why should they? No one has…

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Smorgasbord book promotion – Air Your Reviews – Robbie and Michael Cheadle and Agnes Mae Graham

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Welcome to the first of the review posts this week where authors can share their latest recommendations from readers. Check out your Amazon and Goodreads and see if there is a recent one you would like to contribute to be featured in these twice weekly posts.. It will only take a few minutes.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

The first review today is my own for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

About the book

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

My review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook.

This book will be a delightful read…

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A plea for reviewers – can we open up a dialogue about self-published books?

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So I find a lovely-looking review blog. The posts are thoughtful, fair and seriously considered. I look up the review policy and … it says ‘no self-published books’.

Today I want to open a dialogue with reviewers. If you have that policy, might you be persuaded to change it? Or to approach the problem in a different way?

I used the word ‘problem’. Because I appreciate – very well – that in making this policy you are trying to tackle a major problem. Your time as a reviewer is precious – and let me say your efforts are enormously appreciated by readers and authors alike. You get pitches for many more books than you can read and you need a way to fillet out the ones that are seriously worth your reading hours. A blanket ban is a way to fend off a lot of substandard material and save you…

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New Series – Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Kevin Morris, D.G.Kaye and Tina Frisco

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I know that most of the book promotions are centred around the Cafe and Bookstore but I wanted to do a series that all authors can participate in even if they are not on the shelves. I have been putting book reviews into the Blogger Daily but find that there is more than enough to warrant a separate series.

This promotion is for authors who would like to share their latest review and also for book reviewers who feel that a particular author should get a little more promotion.

This week I was bemoaning the fact that readers have to put their reviews onto Amazon for each individual country since Amazon do not automatically carry over reviews from one account to another, despite monitoring all those separate accounts for ‘illegal’ reviews.

I hope that this new series will offer another opportunity to spotlight great reviews and whilst I shall be…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Author Update – D.G. Kaye, Malia Ann Haberman and Dariel Raye.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to Friday’s Cafe and Bookstore update and the first featured author is D.G. Kaye with another great review for her travel book, Have Bags, Will Travel. This one is from Terri Webster Schrandt. https://secondwindleisure.com/2017/03/09/my-book-review-of-have-bags-will-travel/

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on…

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Ten Ubiquitous Tips for Getting Book Reviews, and How Reviews Impact Authors

book reviewsI recently got a book review that I didn’t care for. It was a five-star review, but one of the comments was, in my opinion, way off the mark. Which got me thinking…

  • Why would the reviewer give the book five stars if it was lacking in some way?
  • Why are there not better criteria for reviews?
  • We need reviews as a mark of credibility, but how credible are the reviewers?

I’m not going to say which book of mine I mean or who reviewed it or what comment I didn’t like. I’m bringing all this up because I think we need to have a frank discussion about reviews. I knew I was taking that particular comment personally, so I decided to look at reviews of books I had no stake in. I looked at reviews of bestsellers. You know, books by household names that have hundreds of reviews.

It was…

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Calling all Book Reviewers…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Got an email from author Carole P Roman:

Hi Chris,

I started a thread on Goodreads for indie authors.

I’d like to invite everyone there.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18444538-available-to-review-your-books

There are so many indie authors who need reviews.

You are welcome to let them know you are available if you want.

They desperately need reviews.

Warmly,

Carole

To join, please click the link above,

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