The Best Way to Deal With Reviews

Recently, my guest post about how to deal with reviews on your book appeared on The Book Club. The posts talks about right and wrong ways of dealing with positive and negative reviews of your book or any other creative work. You can check it out at The Book Club

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5 thoughts on “The Best Way to Deal With Reviews”

  1. Reviewing is not an easy job. When I was an independent reader and buy books on my cost, I don’t care about Author’s sentiments. Shiva Trilogy is a great hit. It brought name & fame to Amish. The series is really great but I don’t like its end. For me, it shows immaturity of author and lack of understanding on the subject. For me, Shiva didn’t become Mahadeva; he couldn’t rise from human plane. Amish couldn’t stand on his preaching when needed. It was his bookish knowledge not his experience.

    I could say that easily because it cost me and Amish was an unknown personality. The problem arises when, I receive book for review and I don’t like it. I cannot state it directly as I did with Amish because the book is a free gift from the author and I know him/her somehow; that’s why get a free review copy.

    Please tell me what to do in these situations.

    1. I understand, that’s really a tough situation. That is why I avoid accepting books for review.
      I too have faced this situation. Once a young writer sent me a book. He was very concerned about his book. But the book had many faults. I didn’t want to hurt his feelings, neither did I want to give a fake review. It was tough. From that time, I prefer saying no to a book than getting caught in such situations.
      However, if you really must review, it is always better to give an objective review.

  2. Agreed whole heartedly.
    As an author, it made me more aware and more discreet when I review others’s books. From classics to newbie books, every book is precious to its author.
    As a reader, I may not get the point they are trying to put across.
    But yes, bad editing, grammar and proof reading errors should be pointed out, since they are eminently avoidable.

    1. Yes, true. But sadly, proof reading etc. is more the responsibility of the publisher in case of traditional publishing. But when they fail, it reflects negatively on the book and the author. In case of self publishing, proof-reading etc. is entirely a writer’s responsibility and good care about these things is imperative. No excuse for that.

      1. Oh, that’s a shame.
        In recent times, I read quite a many books where line spacing, word editing and spellings were off key. Such things tend to irritate and take away from the gist of the text.
        I agree that readers should concentrate more on the writing style, but the basics still need to be in place.
        Also, I think any font less than 10 is a real pain on the eyesight.

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