This is getting a little annoying….

So, I have a habit of wanting to talk with authors about whatever book review I’m going to post BEFORE I post it, just because I like them to know what’s going up on their book pages. I have now wasted my time reading three books, because all three authors have decided they didn’t like my honest review. I now have three reviews that aren’t getting posted because authors are afraid of a review that might sound a little negative.

I’m going to say this now, I’m done with that. I will still talk to authors about MY reviews before I post them, but they’re going up regardless of if you like the review or not. My pile is slowly working its way down, though the way I’m approaching it is changed from my dealings with others.

I tried doing them in the order received, but I’m not doing that anymore. I have read through a science fiction book that claimed to be the next coming of E.E. Smith, and it was like reading 50 shades of grey in space.

I stretched my genre’s a bit, and read a baseball book that seemed to tell the same story as Disney’s the Rookie.

I even tried on a fantasy that was just too full of plot holes and contradictions to even keep up with.

So now, I’m not going in any particular order. (Alysia, I have no idea how you keep up with the demand!) I’m going off of what I want to read. You can still submit your books, they’ll stay in my pile, and I will eventually read them. But it’s going to be on my terms, and what I want.

Okay, rant over. Now back to our normally scheduled programming! (Although, I’m starting to notice this kinda is my regularly scheduled programming….)

5 thoughts on “This is getting a little annoying….

  1. Riley, If it helps I have a few authors that asked me to change my reviews too. Once they find them and read them, that is. But I will not change them because they wanted honest reviews. This is what I give! I’m sorry if they don’t like the way I write reviews. I work a full time job and I read in my free time on the side. I can’t write long 5 paragraph review for books, but I can give my opinion. When I beta read, I do take more time and give a much more detailed review of what I think to help the author see what they think should change if anything. Not that my reviews don’t have a detailed thought process but I don’t feel they need lots of paragraphs and I have had some authors that do not like this. Sorry but you want honest reviews, right?

    I don’t really keep up with demand, I just keep trying to help! Most authors are grateful for my reviews, every now and then there is an exception. Such is life I guess! 🙂

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    • This is the problem with trying to be an author though. Whether people realize it or not when they start, they shouldn’t be looking at other authors as a potential rivals. Instead, they should look at them as another resource to help themselves progress. Why are we supposed to go to conventions and stretch out to meet each other, right? Besides, a negative review isn’t the end of the world! Some people just aren’t going to like your book, it happens! Bah, I digress, I could rant on the subject for hours…but it’ll just get me in trouble. Nice to know I’m not the only one that’s gotten it though!


  2. Riley, I agree completely. Think of the readers. Now that we don’t have slush readers, agents, editors, and publishers as gatekeepers, how are readers to know where to start. If we (indie authors) fill social media with dishonest reviews, we’ll simple drive readers back to the big publishing house and the 21st century renaissance of publishing will die. Defend the indie authors with honest reviews.

    When I send out a book on a Goodreads Giveaway, I don’t expect to approve the review (if I even get a review at all), why should you be so different?

    Keep up the good fight.

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