That one star review could always be worse! #SupportIndieAuthors! #RRBC #IAN1 #ASMSG #BookBoost

One of the great things about moderating the Support Indie Authors board is all the great people I get to meet. I get lots of questions, lots of answers, and just a smattering of everything.(Even had one guy preaching to me…that was interesting.)

One of those great people went onto the board, and started a topic. This topic is something I think every author struggles with. The dreaded “One-Star” review. Me personally, I don’t understand the fear of them. It’s just another person’s opinion on your work. A subjective view on what they thought of the book. So when I send out review requests, while I’ll admit I don’t love it, I don’t fear receiving a one star review. I know what I think of the project, and that’s all that really matters to me.

Some people have a different way of dealing with it.  Humor is great at helping to get over some of the bull crap life throws at us, and trust me that one star review doesn’t really matter in the scope of things. These are just some of my favorites from a rapidly growing list. Stop on by, and feel free to contribute! #SupportIndieAuthors!

I never said this author was stupid; I said he misspelled IQ.- Jay Cole

My grandmother told me “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all;” I have a whole lot of nothing to say about this book.-Micah R. Sisk

Reading this book was akin to wiping with cheap toilet paper when your finger breaks through.-Charles Hash

The mandatory minimum of 1 star is such an exaggeration that I can’t call my review ‘honest’-Nik Krasno

The only bit of this book that was entertaining fiction was the author’s blurb-Nick Tingley

Every once in a long while you read a book that completely changes your life for the better – it isn’t this book though, this one was just awful!-C.B. Archer

The highlight was when it said, “Chapter I.” It was all downhill after that.-Dwayne Fry

This book is proof that if you lock a hundred monkeys in a room with typewriters, eventually they will produce something this author thinks is good enough to publish.-V.M. Sawh

I look forward to reading a book by this author if he ever publishes one in English.-B.R. Kingslover

umm…well-uh…yep, it was that bad.-Tony C. Skye

The only thing I understood from the book was the author’s name…-Uma Mawaery

I haven’t read anything this bad since my military draft notice.-Ken Doggett

Bury this; it might turn back into a tree.-Mike Robbins

As exciting as local building code, as romantic as a documentary on landfills, and as educational as an episode of Beavis and Butthead.-Joe Jackson

You’ve heard of watching paint dry? Well this is like reading a book about watching paint dry.-Geoff

The papercut I got from this book wasn’t as painful as reading it was.-Christina McMullen

I downloaded it for free, and I still want a refund.-Ellison Blackburn

I didn’t try to understand it or read it, but I knew I was going to hate it.-Sarah Sunday

After reading this I swore off reading and went back to watching movies.-Morris E. Graham

Should’ve been printed as a scroll – of T.P.-Edward Odson

I found this book quite moving… akin to a bowel movement.-Eric Stockwell

After reading this book I am most impatiently waiting for the author’s apology-Ashley Capes

But my favorite, and those who have followed the blog awhile now might know why, has to be:

Not nearly as enjoyable as my spam folder.-Jay Cole


5 thoughts on “That one star review could always be worse! #SupportIndieAuthors! #RRBC #IAN1 #ASMSG #BookBoost

  1. Wow, some of these are amazing. I think sometimes, negative reviews especially are more about the reader/reviewer than about the author/book. Some reviewers are just plain mean and enjoy attacking rather than giving an honest or fair opinion (review “trolls” are rampant on Amazon and B&N). I would prefer reviewers be required to use their real names and not hide behind screen names. If a reviewer is going to write a public review (negative or positive), at least have the courage to stand by the statement and sign off with your real name.


    • In all honesty, I don’t think that would really change anything. Some people are just asshats. Btw, sorry it took me so long to get back to ya. Almost lost you in the spam filter! Good thing I check that thing regularly!


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