Like other bloggers, we get ARC’s from time to time to read and review. Many of you know, I already have an issue with the review process on Amazon and Goodreads. I don’t like Authors and “Street Teams” that attack well written honest reviews. We had one author calls us an illiterate reader who like incest. 1. We can read and are not illiterate. 2. I have never in my life nor has anyone here at BA read a book on incest. After some research, we found out it was the author. When I replied, which I never do, Amazon took my well-written comment down but left that of the person attacking the review, the author. I am more humored by it than anything. You can be thin skinned in this industry.
So many people tell us they don’t leave reviews because they have been attacked by street teams or they forget. Some only do good reviews, others only review the ones they don’t like. I tend to ignore reviewers who only leave one and two-star reviews and often wonder why they bother reading at all. Sadly, there are other authors who have street teams attack authors they don’t like on their behalf. It is insane.
I went to review a book recently and it had a lot of comments on a one-star review. The book was filled with hundreds of errors. Really, I am not kidding. Names were transposed, research was not done, spelling was bad and it was lacking editing altogether. It was a mess. This reviewer outlined their reasons for not enjoying the book. They were 100% valid. She was kind and very articulate. This author and her street team jumped all over this reviewer. Stating “You should be kind to new authors. They don’t have the money to pay for editing so give her a break.” Are you kidding me? So, you are willing to publish pure junk for the sake of publishing and then get mad when people don’t like your book because it was so bad it couldn’t be finished?
It is with this that I wish Amazon would disable the comments section of reviews. There are many great authors who say “Hey if someone doesn’t like my book, so what.” Not everyone will like a book. We all have different taste. Some pick up on editing and grammar issues more than others. When you put your work out there, you will be judged.
We no longer take ARC’s for honest reviews and will now only be promoting authors we know and love.
The point to this post? Leave honest reviews, you don’t have to be mean if you don’t like the book. It is never OK to attack other reviewers and street teams which were once thought to good, we now look at as bad. We want no part of it. If you love a book, share. If it was so bad you want to save someone else from reading it, share.
I just needed to get that out there.