Safe Reviewing

READERS and AUTHORS – Great advice for you both from Jo 😀

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It’s important not to tarnish your brand when you’re in the public eye – or to invite others to tarnish it for you. No matter how small a fish you might think you are. As an Indie author you really do have to be reading books by other Indies as well your traditionally published favourites, and leaving reviews for our peers is absolutely necessary for the good of the whole tribe. I will ask you one question though – how many times have Dan Brown or J K Rowling publicly published a bad review of their peers? They don’t, because there are reviewers out there who get to do those things, and they probably don’t want to get into barnies with other scribblers either. If you have set yourself up as a book reviewer as well as an Indie author that’s fair enough, as long as you’re prepared to take…

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9 thoughts on “Safe Reviewing

  1. Good points in this, thanks for sharing. I’m not a reviewer or book blogger, I’m just an author who also likes to read. Like Tricia, I’ve also stopped accepting review requests and doing read-for-reviews (with rare exceptions; I read and reviewed an ARC for an author whose previous book in the series I really enjoyed). Now I approach reviews as just sharing what I’ve enjoyed reading with my readers and fellow authors. I only review at the 3, 4, and 5 star level; if a book is going to get less than that from me, I’m not enjoying it anyway and life’s too short to read books I don’t like, so I don’t finish it and just let it drop off of my reading list.

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  2. Great article. I’ve definitely changed my approach to reviewing over the past few years. If I don’t like a book, I don’t review it. This new approach means I no longer accept review requests on my blog. I only review books by authors I’ve already reviewed favorably, or books I’ve bought. Thanks for sharing this post, Chris.

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