Always Write either reviews books on Thursdays or publishes a post about reviewing books. Recently we have hosted Kevin Cooper’s series, “On Reviews.”
You will enjoy how J.L. Slipak thinks, a post reblogged from a new follower. She has some insight to share about reviewing books and accepting the reviews of your own books.
J is also the author of Book the Echoes’ Series which is sold on Amazon. Click to order.
The Reviewer’s Dilemma
By J. L. Slipack
Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to really sit back and reflect on the impact my reviews must have on authors, especially after receiving my own very first not so great review for a book I recently wrote and published.
I think the power a reviewer holds must be carefully wielded. It’s a fine line to dance upon when critiquing another’s work, especially a novel that, through my own experience, takes a huge amount of time and work to bring to a published book. When I looked closer at the review, I noted a few things:
- The reviewer normally did not read my genre. (Trust me, after reading her romance novels, mine should shock the crap out of her, and it did, obviously).
- Should reviewers have many years under their belt as a seasoned “reader” as well as be a writer themselves so that they can appreciate the depth of the work they are critiquing? No, this doesn’t mean they can’t be 20 years old and be knowledgeable about the books they’re reading and reviewing. But they should like the genre they’re about to review, don’t you think? If you have no idea what a book is going to be like, and say, all you read is middle-grade books, taking the plunge into horror or supernatural/paranormal thrillers, may be asking for a shock or two.