Haters are everywhere. That’s just common knowledge. They love to spread…well hate. All of us published authors have probably dealt with a few of our very own haters. You know… the one or two star ratings on Goodreads before you’ve even finished writing a book. Or that blank-face silhouette account that gives every single one of your books a single star. Or that review on Amazon that makes you wonder if they actually read your book. Definitely annoying to say the least. (I wasn’t aware there were so many psychic readers out there. I wish I could hire them to tell me whether or not my books are going to sell before I put the effort into writing them. Heh.)
I know, I know… You’re not supposed to read your own reviews, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Sometimes you just happen to see one and the next thing you know you’re falling down the rabbit hole… Aaaaaah! But I digress.
With all the haters, and new issues with Amazon blocking reviewers, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to receive honest reviews as an author. Let’s face it, most people don’t leave reviews. My evidence: The number of reviews on each of my books on Amazon compared to my sales. They don’t match up. Not even close. I know I’m not the only one in this predicament. And then there’s also the flip side: Authors buying and faking reviews. We probably all know someone who’s done it. And no, I’m not personally mentioning any names. Sorry. But I will say that there are tons of articles out there like this one >HERE<.
This all makes me wonder… Do reviews legitimately represent a book anymore? I don’t think they do, which sucks. But how can we fix this problem? I’m at a loss. What do you folks think? What can we do as a community of readers and writers to fix this problem? Maybe sales rankings are enough to represent a book and reviews should be made a thing of the past? (At least outside of blogs.) What are your thoughts? I know it’s a lot more complicated than I’m making it sound here. But… *scratches head* Something needs to change. I’m just not sure what.
Until next time… D.T. Dyllin signing off.