Diamond State Romance Authors

Bad Reviews-What Do You Do? Getting & Giving Reviews


Part of being a writer is having to accept that not everybody will like what you write. In face, some people will absolutely despise your work. Call you a hack. Or suggest you keep your day job. Or swear to never ever buy one of your books again. Luckily for me, I haven’t had to deal with with a “you suck” review. I’m sure it’s out there. I’m just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve read books by a couple of my favorite authors. Unfortunately neither book was a hit for me. Unbelievable heroines. Situations that could be resolved if the couple simply talked to each other. That sort of thing.

I do post reviews to Goodreads. But it’s so hard for me to criticize the work of a fellow author because I know how hard it is to write a book, even a less than perfect book. Nobody bats a thousand. I worship at the feet of Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s talent. But even she has written a couple of books I was mah about, although I think I was in the minority on my blah vote. If Goodreads had been around back then, I’m not sure if I would have reviewed them or never mentioned them as books I’ve read.

So my  questions for you today…

1.  You’ve just read a blah book. You don’t know the author. Do you give it a blah review or just pretend you  never read the book?

2.  You’ve just read the book of a good friend or chapter mate and it’s not good. I mean, sure some things aren’t “your cup of tea” but in this case, the writing was weak, the story was dumb and you just hated the book. What do you do?

3.  You’ve just gotten the “you suck” review. Now we all have been told “Don’t respond” at all. How do you react? chocolate? phone with a friend? pin the review on a dart board and let the darts fly?
4.  You’ve just gotten the highest rating from a reviewer and an incredible write-up. Do you respond? If so, how?How do you react? chocolate? phone with a friend? pin the review on a dart board and let the darts fly?

So those are my thoughts on this rainy Friday Morning. I’m looking forward to your comments.


Texas Two Step is still available from Samhain, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble 

or your favorite online bookstore. 

And now there is:

Texas Two Step, the Prequel available only from Amazon

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