Good morning and welcome to wwwblogs. Today, we’re discussing reviews, those that are less than perfect.
First of all, a review is an opinion. It is how the reader felt after finishing your novel. This person has read your book and given you their thoughts on what they felt. Nothing more, nothing less. Just because they rated your book at three stars or less shouldn’t bother you so much that you’re complaining on social media. All you’ll do is alienate other readers. They’ll be afraid to review your books in case you decide they didn’t say exactly what you want to hear.
What you can take away from a poor review is that you didn’t appeal to that reader. This is especially true if you have a good number of positive reviews. There’s no need to change your cover art, redo the editing, of give up on the book. You need to look forward, thank the reviewer, and understand that not everyone is going to like what you give them.
If, however, a review is poor because the reviewer didn’t like the formatting or cover art, you do have a valid complaint. But you still don’t have much recourse. You, the author, may have asked someone to review your book and they might have had said great things about the content but hated the cover art or felt the formatting was all wrong.
In these cases the reviewer is wrong. A book review is only for the content of your book. Formatting and cover art aren’t included in a review. The formatting of books may be different with separate publishers; it may be different if you use one particular formatter for a self-published book. There is no set type of formatting. Therefore, anyone who complains about the formatting is usually wrong. The only time they might have a valid complaint about formatting is if you set larger than normal margins or start each chapter halfway down the page. The reader might feel you’re padding the number of pages in your book and that is a valid complaint.
As for cover art, you the author is the one who must be satisfied with that. Cover art is personal, it is a choice you make to portray your vision of the book. Unfortunately, there are some people who feel their opinion should be considered on the subject of cover art, but in the end it’s your choice and you must be happy with that choice or you’ll never be satisfied.
Just remember to embrace the poor review, take it in stride, and move on. Focusing on a single poor review when you have many good ones is never a good thing.
About the K.C. Sprayberry
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.
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