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Offline LindaGruchy Reading The Chandelier Ballroom by Elizabeth Lord
11 Dec 2016, 08:09 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Commenting on readers reviews

This post was last modified: 11 Dec 2016 08:12 AM by LindaGruchy.
I have watched with embarrassment some negative but honest reviewers being frankly bullied by the author and his coterie. They should have said nothing and sucked it up rather than imply that the reader reviewer just didn't "get" the novel(s) in question. I was cringing at their capers. That alone has stopped me commenting.

I had one not just negative but bewilderingly hostile review myself, one which upset me because it seemed like it was intended as a personal attack, so was grateful when others made remarks in defense. But the trouble with this sort of thing is it always looks bad for the author so should be avoided if at all possible. It could even go viral and destroy the author's reputation.

I used to say thanks for every review, and I agree that now looks weird and sycophantic to the point of desperation, so I don't do it now. However, if the reviewer points out errors I have dealt with them in the past (and ought to deal with some now but my life has taken a complicated turn). I thank them then.

Seeming too friendly to reviewers could also make Amazon think you know them, especially if they subsequently befriend you on Faceache.

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RE: Commenting on readers reviews

I've seen many posts that say a writer should never reply to a bad review, whatever the reason, as it never ends well. I've had a review that complained about the many 'typos' and it was the British spelling that had the reviewer flummoxed. I didn't reply. However, I did once reply to a reader who said my family saga needed a family tree to be able to follow all the many characters. I replied that I did have a family tree but had been unable to find out how to insert it, but their comment had spurred me to get help. I had a follow-up comment by someone else commending me for taking note of a reviewer's complaint and acting on it. S that one did end well.
It's also been said that thanking a reviewer can come across as 'amateur'. A Goodreads thread also advised against 'liking' a good review. I had thought it only polite to like a good review, but now I'm not sure. But I don't think you can go wrong by doing nothing - when in doubt, leave it out Rolleyes.
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11 Dec 2016, 09:30 PM | Post: #13

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RE: Commenting on readers reviews

When reviewers are unnecessarily rude, I like to thank them for taking the trouble to put down their thoughts. It reminds them that authors are people.
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Offline George Hamilton
14 Dec 2016, 06:53 AM | Post: #14

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RE: Commenting on readers reviews

I've shifted more to the side that reviews are meant for other readers, and so I try to leave alone.
Offline Dorte Hummelshoj Reading Blood Harvest by S.J. Bolton
15 Dec 2016, 02:35 PM | Post: #15

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RE: Commenting on readers reviews

As a reviewer, I wouldn't want the author to interfere either if we are talking about Amazon or Goodreads reviews. Blog reviews is something else - I thank bloggers occasionally especially those who take care and quote passages which mean a lot to me etc.
I have commented once or twice on Amazon if the reviewer wondered about something (e.g. Scandinavian terms), and once I asked someone to change a sentence because I felt it was a spoiler.
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