Today’s Writing Tip

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If you leave a poor review for a book, do the author a favor and tell them why. In some cases it might simply be subjective, since there are few stories everyone loves once they get past Winnie the Pooh. If it’s technical, such as too many typos, say so, giving the author a chance to correct it. Same goes for other things that were confusing or threw you out of a story.

Authors tend to take their reviews seriously and often use them as a guide for future revisions or as lessons learned for future books. However, no one should expect everyone to love their book. You can’t please all the people all the time.


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  2. Unfortunately that’s the defensive reaction you get from a lot of new authors. If I’m asked to review something I share it with the author first, but if I buy the book I’ll usually review it online except for some that are so bad I don’t finish them. I always hope that the author will learn something from the review. I’ve learned more from critical reviews that the glowing ones. Anyone serious about improving their writing needs to be humble enough to listen.


  3. If I have something negative to say, I try to contact the author privately and tell them what I think needed work instead of publicly downgrade them. Example: last year, I read a debut sci-fi novel by an indie author, who’d retired from being an accountant…. the first chapter was in the POV of someone that got killed at the end of the first chapter; ditto for the 2nd and 3rd chapters…. the characters in the 4th chapter FINALLY stayed alive to shoulder the story, but by that time, I’d lost a lost of confidence in the author …. In fact, the only reason why I stuck with reading the book is because I’d made a commitment to review it…. Once I slogged through, what seemed worse than one of my own rough drafts, I contacted the author with my concerns about readers not needing the first 3 chapters, though I could see how they’d be valuable to the author… He was very rude and told me how wrong I was about plot points, action beats, POV identification, etc. and demanded that I give his superb novel a review.
    I did and was honest, but couldn’t be paid to read anything else of his, since he obviously knows more than anyone else and isn’t open to constructive critique.

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