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Pearl A Gardner

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Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:02 AM
 
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Has anyone had this before? I got a 5 star review - great! SO happy this lady loved my work, however, she then went on describe the whole story, including the ending.

Since the review was posted I have had no more sales. This book was doing quite well up to that point, but I guess no one wants to buy a book where you know every main feature including the twist in the tale before you start reading it.

I have reported the review to Amazon, but haven't heard anything back as yet. I'm not holding out much hope as there is no abusive language or anything to take offence at in the review, unless you are the author!

Any advice welcome. Does anyone know if there is anywhere or anyone at Amazon that I could approach about this?

Edited by: Pearl A Gardner on Nov 9, 2013 1:42 AM
Gregory P Stran...

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:44 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
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Some people respond to their reviewers, usually because they got a low review. I never think it's a good idea, but maybe in your case a polite shout out explaining the situation might not be a bad idea.
Pearl A Gardner

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 1:57 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Thanks, but do you know how I can contact the reviewer?
Janet O Waters

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 2:24 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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I have found similar with some of my reviews Pearl. They haven't given the whole plot away, but have implied more than was necessary. Still I suppose they thought they were doing me a favour. Thankfully although I divulged most of the story line, one part I kept back at the end, as I am lining it up for the sequel.
Marc Borai

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 5:51 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Just leave a comment on the review asking them if they could edit their review and put something like, **SPOILERS** in the top.

I always check reviews before I buy, and if I come across a review like that I just skip it.
Kara Haskins

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 6:32 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Not much to be done about it. I know it stinks, I've had the same. As for it causing sales to grind to a halt, is it possible that has happened due to a drop in visibility instead? Have you just hit the 30, 60, 90 day mark? In my experience, reviews spoiling the 'twist' did not harm sales, so it leads to me wonder if you've hit one of the 'magical' visibility marks around the same time, which would explain the drop.
andresanthomas

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 7:55 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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There's nothing you can do and it isn't worth worrying about. Anyone who doesn't want to know the ending is perfectly capable of averting their eyes and not reading a review that is clearly going to reveal the ending.
Pearl A Gardner

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:02 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Thank you all for you comments. I'll have to move on, I think, and hope sales pick up again soon.
As for the 30 day, 60 day comment about invisibility, I'm not sure what you mean. Sales on my other books don't seem to be affected.
Notjohn

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Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:28 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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It could be worse. You might have had a full plot summary and a one-star rating!

Good luck! -- NJ

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Bruce

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 6:58 PM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Sooo........I'm assuming the butler did it? :)
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Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:37 PM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Even though it would be nice if people didn't include them in reviews, I wouldn't worry too much about spoilers. I've read plenty of books when I already knew how they ended, and if they were good, I enjoyed them. I knew the entire plot of Shakespeare's plays long before I ever saw any of them. It didn't stop me from enjoying them. I often reread mysteries that I like, even though I already know "whodunit." In fact, I recently reread most of the Sherlock Holmes books, and the fact that I knew how they ended wasn't a problem at all. I've read many mystery series out of order, which means certain twists were technically "spoiled" because I could tell from the later book what happened in an earlier book. Didn't bother me at all. Good books are so much more than the plot.

https://kdp.amazon.com/community/thread.jspa?messageID=590466&#590466 That's a link to a forum thread called "She gave away the ending!" You might find it interesting.

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 9, 2013 9:48 PM   in response to: Bruce in response to: Bruce
 
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Hehehe
Pearl A Gardner

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 10, 2013 8:20 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Thanks Notjohn
As ever, the voice of reason. I will move on and be happy with my 5*
john horvath

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Re: Help please! 5* review, but then outlines the entire book!
Posted: Nov 10, 2013 8:39 AM   in response to: Pearl A Gardner in response to: Pearl A Gardner
 
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Rewrite the end, leaving the reviewer looking like a fool!

:)
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