Are you, maybe, a little discouraged because your magnum opus didn’t get a five star review? I’ve been there. . .recently.
I know writers who have WAY more 5-star reviews on Amazon than I do. It’s fantastic for them, and honestly, there’s no envy or jealousy on my part. I thrive of the challenge of striving for perfection, knowing I’ll never reach it, but in trying, I get closer every time.
Don’t get me wrong; perfect scores are nice! I was in graduate school before I ever received straight-A’s, and I worked hard for them. Those scores were objective. Five star reviews are subjective — totally up to the reviewer and his/her preferences. Though I work just as hard, if not harder, at my writing as I did for Dr. Axelrod at Temple University, the results aren’t the same. And that’s okay.
For a work to deserve that kind of praise, I think it needs to be almost transcendent. Do you eat or read that book? Is it good enough to make you think about it? Does it haunt your thoughts enough for you to want to get back to it ASAP? For several Amazon book reviews I’ve come across, the answer is no — which is why that rating is thrown around a little too loosely.
In one of my Facebook discussion groups, we talked about this subject. A few of the members do what I do — go to the three-star ratings and below to see what they said. If a book lacks ratings below five stars, I raise an eyebrow. Nobody, not even legacy published authors, can please everyone. If you can, please bottle it and sell it — I’ll be among the first in line.
For me, the indie author, word-of-mouth is crucial to my survival, so any rating I receive is a feather in my cap. My first one was well-balanced, and, like with most reviews, you can separate the wheat from the chaff.
What’s YOUR opinion on book reviews?