I'd posted this in Friday's "And Now For Something Completely Different," but as the conversation continues to grow, I wanted to touch upon it once more.
If you missed J. Kaye's post about author reactions to poor reviews, go read it here: J. Kaye’s Book Blog
It's incredibly insightful and delves into many areas. Most of the book bloggers have enjoyed only positive experiences with authors, which is good! They also discuss review policies and dealing with publishers & publicists vs. dealing with authors. (Since I rarely do reviews, I prefer dealing directly with an author.)
I'd left a comment and then emailed J. Kaye an additional thought. At her prodding, I posted it as a comment as well:
I'd like to add food for thought for authors - don't give up after a less than stellar review.
A reviewer posted a 3 out of 5 review for Book II of my series. And while I was a little bummed, I listened to her objection - the characters had no money struggles, which made the story less dramatic for her. (Both main characters came from wealthy families, so money just wasn't an issue.) Before Book III was released, I contacted her again, as the characters in that book DID struggle with money big time! And guess what? A 4 out of 5 for Book III!
This past Tuesday, Debbie’s World of Books posted a 4 out of 5 for Book IV, claiming it's the best one yet.
I am SO thankful I did not give up on Debbie - and even more so she didn't give up on my series! Perhaps if all authors just stopped and considered the fact that ONE book might not be THE one that rocks a reviewer's world - but the next just might.
So, authors and book bloggers, what are your thoughts?
And thanks J. Kaye for posing such a great question!