Monday, September 17, 2018

Favorite Reviews #6

Our Author Gang Favorite Reviews


Book reviews (good or bad) provide important feedback to the authors and without reviews, a book gets lost in the thousands of other books that are released every month.

Every author appreciates and values the opinion of readers but we’re strongly discouraged from engaging with readers and thank them for their reviews on publishing sites.

The authors of Our Author Gang celebrate and appreciate the readers by posting our favorite reviews between September 10 and 22. Every day a different author of the group posts about their books and quote from their readers’ favorite reviews.

Thank you for your interest in our books and happy reading!

My ONLY Reviews (LOL)

100 Medical Milestones That Shaped World History is my second book. It was conventionally published and a work-for-hire project (IE no royalties). It is one of a series of books that give an overview of a topic, which includes 100 Men Who Shaped World History, 100 Women, 100 African Americans, 100 Writers and so on. The intended audience is students and interested laymen. Surprisingly, it's really not outdated despite its publication in 1998. 

Two stars – not for professionals
"Althought this book can provide a quick overview of the panorama of the main medical discoveries, which actually seem to be well selected, I expected a deeper and less fragmented cultural insight. While the elementary informations provided might be interesting for non professionals, I would rather advice 'Cambridge illustrated history of medicine' for those who are willing to read a good history of medicine on a complete wide cultural and general history background."

OK then. I actually did respond to this review, a longggg time ago, before I knew better. My response:
"Thank you for your comments. You are certainly correct, this is not a book meant for medical professionals. This is an overview of the 100 Medical Milestones, intended for young adult and adult readers interested in the history of medicine. Best regards, Ruth"

Note: Right in the product details it clearly states that it's intended for ages 7 to 12 and grades 2 to 7. (I didn't choose those age ranges, I'd put it closer to ages 12 to 18 and grades 6 to 12.) You can't fix these kinds of ridiculous reviews, so the best thing to do is laugh them off and move on.

My first indie book was The Soul of California – Cooking for the Holidays. I have recipes that I'd refined through the years and after being asked for a recipe yet again, I decided I should go ahead and put together a little cookbook of my favorite holiday recipes.

Five stars – A book I'll use
"excellent, very good description of the book. good facts and tips. I am sure your family loved to eat at your house. fast delivery"

This is a sweet little review. It's a quick but good review with positive statements. It doesn't take a lot to help an author along. A star rating plus a few words is all a reader needs to write. A simple "It was good, I liked it" is a good review.

You can't expect every reader to understand your book or leave a review. Even poor reviews are reviews and you shouldn't worry unless there are a lot of them. If there's numerous reviews mentioning a plot point, grammar, punctuation or formatting errors, then you should take another look at your work. Nobody is perfect and it's really easy for errors to creep in.

Believe me, when I worked in publishing, the boss, editor, proofreader and designer (that would be me) looked every book over and then we all reviewed the proofs again before the book was printed. Yet there were always mistakes and typos. It happens.

I want to encourage all of you who don't have any reviews (yet) or maybe a couple of less than nice comments on your books. Don't be discouraged. Everybody has an opinion and sometimes they stink, but a review is a review. Somebody cared enough to take time to sit down, log in and write out their opinion of your hard work.

Reviews aren't everything and the opinions of others don't define you as a writer. Even great writers get lousy reviews! Just keep writing and eventually you'll find your audience.

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