1. It feels to me like a fair percentage of bad reviews come after a KDP Select free run. For example, if you have a book that is CLEARLY a mystery, you always get a few reviewers who give the book one star and say, “I don’t like mysteries and this was a mystery, so it wasn’t my cup of tea.”

    Um, okay? I’d understand if the book was marketed as something *other* than a mystery and the reviewer wanted to warn other readers that it actually *was* a mystery. But when the book is being marketed as what it is, I guess I don’t get the point of leaving that review.

    Hopefully most readers will see those reviews and understand that it’s not a review to be taken seriously, but it certainly is easy to get caught up in the worry that too many of those silly one star reviews will drive away readers who would have really liked the book.

    • All very true. My only message here: when that one star review is just one out of ten or twenty, we as writers give that (sometimes/often valueless) rating more weight than it deserves. With time–and more reviews–comes perspective and hopefully a renewed sense of purpose.

  2. Great post. If a not-great review comes in on Goodreads, I peek at what that reviewer likes, and what s/he thought of books I love. Often s/he has panned books I love and given 5 stars to titles I DNF’d. I chalk it up to different taste, re -read some of my top reviews and move on. I’ve also learned to not give any rating at all if I don’t like something. I never realized the pain it caused until it happened to me.

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