What’s your opinion of book reviews? Should authors review? Please readers, don’t be shy!

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Just Olga

Hi all:

I’ve read and heard a variety of arguments on the subject or reviews. Much advice to authors focuses on the need to obtain reviews, on how important they are, on professional reviews (yes, because scandals apart, there are places, Kirkus reviews to name one of the best known, for example, that provide reviews for money, but we’re talking about honest, unbiased reviews, so as an author you might be in the weird situation of paying to get something bad said about you…hey, one can get that for free!), on bloggers who provide reviews, on methods to try and get reviews even before the book is finished (the famous ARC or ‘advance review copy’) as sales seem somehow linked to reviews. (It’s a bit of a catch 22 situations. Like trying to get a job on something you’ve never worked on before. Employers want experience and recommendations but…

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4 thoughts on “What’s your opinion of book reviews? Should authors review? Please readers, don’t be shy!

    Tienny The Storyteller said:
    March 4, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    There is nothing wrong for authors to review other authors’ books. Iron sharpen the iron.


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    danniehill said:
    March 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Reviews are important to me just to know there are readers reading my works. I have also paid a few reviewers to give honest opinions of my book. Not so I could advertise, but often it’s difficult getting honest reviews from those who know you, so I go to people who don’t know me. I only do this at the beginning of publishing.

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    Christy Birmingham said:
    March 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    I think it’s fine to be both author and reviewer 🙂

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    olganm said:
    March 5, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Thanks for sharing, Jo, and thanks for all the comments!

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