Friday, April 1, 2011
"Reviewer" uses the term "B-R"...Bodice Ripper!
Strange thing, though. The romance industry professional review sites we've come to respect have given all my books great reviews. I'm not talking about them. I'm talking about "reader reviews" at one particular (unmentioned) book buying site. This site encourages reader reviews and offers "reader review ratings", etc.
My first book, a paranormal romance titled "Second Sight Dating", became available as a FREE ebook two months ago. Suddenly, I started getting "reader reviews". Sadly, they jolted me out of my great "romance industry reviews" cocoon and tossed me into another whole realm.
One "reviewer" starts out with "This book is another reason why I don't read bodice rippers!!!!!". Yes, that's how many exclamation points the "reviewer" used. Obviously not a romance fan (more of the "review" leads to this conclusion)...so why did she read a romance book?
Another starts out "Think twice before you waste your money on this one." It was free...that's how the reviewer got it.
Another gave her "review"...and then used the review space to promote her own group:
"Feel free to join my book group on facebook ( she named a FB group) we have well known and indie authors and avid readers as members who are apart of this group who would love to hear about new books and thoughts."(I spelled/have written everything exactly as this "reviewer" wrote her message)
Two didn't like the ESP aspect of the PARANORMAL romance:
"Plus....the ability was just stupid."
Uh...paranormal means different than normal...and the ability I created isn't normal...does that make it "stupid"?
"I've worked at a dating agency and I couldn't bear this book, the author had done no research and got so many things wrong."
It's NOT a normal agency and wouldn't work like a normal agency would work. It's a PARANORMAL romance and anything goes.
I think two reviewers used actual names and the rest didn't. Some should have edited before posting.
Did I mention the "reader reviewer" who called the book "tripe"?
Frustration is the best word to describe how I feel. How do you counter this? I went to the Editorial reviews section and added a line or two from each professional romance industry review I received for Second Sight Dating. Even added a note from the author. But unless you click on See All Editorial Reviews, you don't see my message about checking my website for professional reviews.
Another frustrating thing: I had to do all this three times: for print, ebook, and large print versions. All the "reader reviews" appear on all these format pages. If it were available as an audiobook, I'd be adding my information a fourth time.
The book ranks 26th in this site's Romance - General rating system.
How would you handle this? Confronting reviewers isn't a professional option. Smiling and offering professional romance industry reviews seems like a logical choice.
Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM