Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My Low Star Review Reaction

If you're a reader - which I hope is any and every person stopping by today - then you know a little something about reviews. Sometimes, the reviews aren't exactly great. And well, I don't have all that many reviews for my first novel, Neverlove. The ones I've gotten have mostly been 4's and 5's with a couple of 3's. And now...
I have  2.5 on there.
I always hoped I'd have a decent reaction when (not if) I got a less than pleasing review. And you know what, instead of ignoring it...I read it.
And I'm just fine.
Sure, I was a little disappointed that reality had to finally land and pass along a low rate, but the reviewer was honest, forthright and kind in sharing why the story didn't work for them.
And for that, I thank them.
Because when we ask for honest reviews, sometimes we don't mean it.
I do, even if there's a little sting :-)
So to any and all that have reviewed Neverlove or They All Fall Down or plan on reviewing either/both stories - Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and the top and both sides too lol!!!

Now, onward with the tour. Here are some additional stops to check out:
-A Diary Of A book Addict
-Share My Destiny 
-Busymomof3

Have you received a low star review or written a review of less than 2 stars? What are your thoughts on low start reviews?

29 comments:

  1. Hey, Angela,
    They are a fact of life. As writers, we know they're out there waiting for us, but the reality doesn't quite hit...until it hits. I've had some soul-crushing ones and twos on my freebie book, but I know reading is subjective and we gotta find a way to comfort ourselves right? The story didn't work for this or that person and that's reality, but when I need a pick-me-up, I remind myself that my stories won medals and that helps me drag my chin up off the floor and keep going.

    I've never been able to figure out why we can have 10 good reviews and 1 bad one seems to negate everything said by the people who loved the book. I think I'll put that down to the fact that people with a creative streak can just go melancholy at any time - fragile ego and all. :)

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    1. I don't have any medals, but I have some really nice reviews I can reread every now and then :-)

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  2. Good attitude, Angela. Read it and learn from it. Poor reviews happen to all of us. We can either grow from it or let it destroy us.

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    1. Yeah, I would rather grow and learn from them. (or not read them at all if I'm feeling a bit ego-fragile at the moment lol!)

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  3. Since most reading enjoyment is subjective, I know low star reviews are going to happen. Glad you understand this, too.

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    1. You know, it is good to have this understanding because otherwise, I'd imagine my reaction would be different.

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  4. It's all subjective. As long as the reviewer doesn't attack the author directly he is entitled to his opinion.

    Besides, think of all the low stars some of the great writers in our era have earned. Even Rowling had some stinging reviews and she laughed all the way to the bank.

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    1. That is one thing about this review. There was no attack on me as the author whatsoever. Or if it was done, it was clandestine lol!!

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  5. As I'm in the middle of a very nerve-wracking review tour myself, I know how you feel! It's inevitable that some people won't enjoy the book as much as others, but low ratings still sting. Of course it's entirely subjective and the best thing to do is reread your 4 and 5* reviews and remind yourself that a lot of other people loved your book! :)

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    1. Good luck to you, Emma, as you continue on your review tour :-)

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  6. At least it wasn't a 1 star. I don't know how well I'll take that, I'm bound to get criticism, I'll just have to put my big girl pants on and try to be better.

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    1. True, it isn't one star. But I'm bracing myself for it because as much as I want my book to be loved by all, you just can't please all.

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  7. I admit I don't handle the bad reviews well, I ended up just stopping reading reviews and then was irritated because I missed some good ones! But I'm still struggling with learning how to let the bad reviews roll off my back.

    Personally I don't write bad reviews. If I don't like a book I just say nothing. I've always kind of lived by the idea that if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all!

    Good luck with the tour. :)

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    1. Usually, if I don't feel I can give it at least a 3 star, I won't give it a review where ranking is required. But if it's just a "sharing" like I've done several times on my blog, I tell what I liked, didn't like and gear the review towards who may find it appealling.

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  8. Well, I have a one 1 star review. And to be honest, the review was very mean and unhelpful-I kept this to myself up until now. It was about 20 insulting words. However, I've found the three 3 star reviews very helpful.

    Hugs and chocolate!

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that the reviewer provided absolutely nothing helpful. Some folks just are mean to be mean. Sad for them to carry that around all the time.

      But yeah, the ones that share, and not insult, are helpful.

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  9. Some people won't get us and will read things into a story we never intended. I loved your story. I thought it was very innovative and engaging, edgy and interesting. One day I got a review about how deep I am, the next slammed me for being shallow. lol On the same book. If there's something you think was constructive, then take it with you. But look at all the mudslinging best sellers take.You're in grand company.

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    1. It is very interesting the feedback and feelings shared in some reviews. Thank you, by the way, for your compliment. I'll be blushing all day :-)

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  10. I actually posted on the topic recently. For me, the internet makes it possible to be closely linked to our readers, but not if we expect them to flatter us the whole time.

    That said, the idea of a bad review makes me cringe.

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  11. That's a very classy way to deal with your review, Angela! I think it's easier said than done, but writers just have to brush those off. It is impossible for any one book to please EVERYONE. Look at the Goodreads reviews for classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice... some of those 1-star reviews are real zingers!

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  12. You have a great attitude about this, Angela. In fact, I think you always take things well in stride. As you and others have already said, low reviews are bound to happen and taste is subjective. So it's great of you to keep that in mind and to just take what you can from it and move on. :)

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  13. Pick a famous book. Any book. I can guarantee it has one-star reviews. Read them and know that you are now in their company.

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  14. Reviews and ratings are notoriously random. I've had 4 star reviews that picked the book apart. I've had 2 star reviews that were surprisingly complimentary. I know I have a single 1 star rating on Goodreads for The Caged Graves, but I don't think the person wrote a review to go along with it.

    I find that when one of my books first comes out, I can't stop myself from reading reviews. It's my new baby after all! But after I've read a bunch, I stop looking -- unless they are written by someone I know, or unless the person "mentions" me on Twitter (which means they want me to see it), or unless my husband sees it and says: "Hey! Look at this one!"

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  15. Very subjective. At least you got a full review and not some statement like 'couldn't finish' - 'not my kind of book'. Also, it's the 'free' releases that invite the reviews from people who wouldn't have picked up the book otherwise. Taking all that into consideration you're doing well! Believe in you - we do!

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  16. Yeah, those are always tough, but you can't NOT read them, can you? I guess it's just important to remember to put on a thicker skin and whatever you do, don't respond. ^_^

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  17. Great attitude, Angela. We're all different and like different things, which means we're never going to please everyone.

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  18. Oh, those low-star reviews/rankings are tough to deal with. Every book gets them :-( You are handling it really well, dear Angela. But if I could advice something, it would be this - don't concentrate on those less-than-stellar reviews, but enjoy the other readers' appreciation for your wonderful writing.

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  19. Hugs and Chocolate Angela. You're handling it with grace :)

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  20. Angela like you say, roll with it - the good and the bad

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