Welcome to January’s Birthday Blog, with a post – or maybe more – a day for your entertainment and fun :).
Today’s guest is ELIN GREGORY. Please show your appreciation for the post if you enjoy it, and all the author’s links are below for you to take forward. Watch every day for any Rafflecopter giveaways, and don’t forget there’s ALSO a Grand Prize Draw at the end of the month for ONE lucky commenter.
Many thanks for dropping in, and have a great January!
This is the time of year for reflection, for counting ones blessings, for looking back at the past year’s highs and lows and for looking forward to what the new year will bring. I particularly enjoy looking back at all the books I’ve read and reviewed over the past year, and that gave me the idea for this post.
All authors read, most of them voraciously. All authors are desperate to know what people think of their books. Reviewing, especially on Amazon, is the most helpful thing a reader can do for an author, and readers, now more than ever, really enjoy sharing their opinions. Sometimes this works really well and the reviews provide the sort of validation that can boost a tired author into finishing more work, tackling new subjects and generally having a positive outlook on life. But authors are often fragile souls and sometimes the opinions expressed, often in robust language, sometimes with accompanying gifs, can be less than enthusiastic. I’ve seen no end of anguish and have often provided a sympathetic ear and a well-padded shoulder to cry on for authors hurt by reviews.
My usual advice is to remember is that, just as an author pours a lot of their own heart into a book, the reader will also be filtering their words through a lens coloured by their own preferences, enthusiasms and experience.
(Credit to Musgrove)
Reading reviews, as a potential buyer, it’s a good idea to bear the reader lens in mind. Who knows why the reader picked up the book in the first place? Maybe they read between the lines of the blurb and were expecting searing social commentary but got a light hearted romantic romp? Perhaps they were misled by the torso on the cover and expected some lovely squelchy erotica but got boring social commentary with one sex scene that nobody enjoys instead? It’s also quite possible that both readers are reviewing the same book.
As an author, why the heck are you reading the reviews? FFS step away from Goodreads right now before something horrible happens. But if you must, and you see something you don’t like, just remember that you’re in good company:
“This book is quite possibly the most insipid novel I have ever read in my life. Why this book is so highly treasured by society is beyond me. ”
~~Pride and Prejudice
“It feels like it was written by a teenager, and if I were his teacher I’d give it a B- and not let my daughter date the weird little kid who wrote it.”
“The book is simply boring in the extreme because of Nabokov’s refusal to let the storyline move faster than a crippled snail that’s just been superglued to a dead tortoise.”
“Just goes to show that you should never take book advice from someone whose IQ is more than 30 points higher than your own.”
~~One Hundred Years of Solitude
“Why isn’t it three books, like the movies?”
“I think it’s disgusting that Tolkein should be exploiting the 9/11 tragedy for personal gain”
~~The Two Towers
And of course because this is a birthday event and because birthdays mean presents I’m offering a $5 Amazon voucher to a commenter who – er – ya know what, just comment to this post :). It’s January, it’s the wrong time of year to make you jump through hoops!
Enter the draw at the link below. All Rafflecopters drawn on Jan 31. :
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Enjoy your reading and, if you have time, write a review. You could make an author’s day.
Elin reads a lot, reviews a bit, and writes a little, usually historical or contemporary comedy.
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Follow the month’s posts at your leisure:
Jan 01: RJ Scott on her inspiration for a new series in 2016.
Jan 01: Temple Dragon on giving for free during December.
Jan 02: Chrissy Munder on an author’s passion for paper planners.
Jan 03: Meredith Russell on inspirational cop series.
Jan 04: Becky Black on her five-year anniversary as an author.
Jan 05: Alexa Milne on characters stepping outside their comfort zone.
Jan 06: Sandra Lindsey on her dancing shoes challenge.
Jan 07: Anne Barwell on her WWII trilogy at Dreamspinner Press.