Hi! Sugar here. I want to talk a little bit about reviews. I had two releases this past week and the reviews have started to trickle in. The great thing about being traditionally published is that your book gets reviewed in RT, Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. If you’re a bigger author you might get covered by the NYT or Kirkus or USA Today. Getting reviewed by those big publications are an honor but do they really matter with readers?
NOPE. I never heard of RT until I started writing. I never paid attention to Publisher’s Weekly until my first book was reviewed by them and I was a voracious reader. Reading 2-3 books a week. I think most of your average romance readers don’t pay attention to what those publications say.
But that brings me to another question, do any reviews matter with readers? That’s a tougher question to answer. Yes and no. As a reader I never paid attention to reviews, because people have different tastes. Just because I don’t like chocolate ice cream doesn’t mean you won’t. So I rarely look at reviews. There are a couple of reasons why.
1.Some people like to give the whole plot away.
2. If a book only has a few reviews and they are all great, I can never be sure if the author rallied their friends and family to post them on Amazon.
3. Some people are just stupidly mean. Ripping a book to shreds just because they can.
I choose books because my friends recommend them or because I love the author or the book simply because the blurb sounded good. So as a reader I reviews are of little importance to me.
As a writer… Well… That’s another story. I try not to read my reviews. TRY. I don’t always succeed. I’ve learned not to pay attention to the bad ones because I know myself well enough to know that it will bother me. And I don’t have time to let one person’s opinion affect my day.
So what about you? Are reviews important to you? Do you read all of yours? Do you ignore them? Let me know what you think.
PS. I’ve been told by people who are in the know, that that whole “certain amount of reviews thing” you need to manipulate Amazon’s algorithms is BS. You can’t manipulate Amazon. Amazon is all knowing and all powerful. They have drones and stuff!