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Mary Peebels

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Re: I know I shouldn't let negative reviews get to me, but ....
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 2:18 PM   in response to: Mrs MM Credentino in response to: Mrs MM Credentino
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They get to me too. It sort of drags down my spirit for a couple of days and then I try to move on. I have a little Toolbar Folder at the top of my browser that has links to books that have some horrible reviews. I've gone back over those reviews a few times, and it helps me to keep things in perspective. Nothing like seeing 1-Star reviews on The Grapes of Wrath:

"Read for school. Hated."
"Boring. Why is this a classic?"
"Did not read. Gave up at page 7."

By the way, one of my books has a 2-Star review that says: "I don't read fiction."
Mrs MM Credentino

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Re: I know I shouldn't let negative reviews get to me, but ....
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 2:54 PM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
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I promise to take all comments on-board and get a grip of myself!
Thanks,
Mary
C. Gold

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 3:01 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
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I'd have given Catcher in the Rye a negative review if online reviewing was available when I was forced to read that book. Nothing like forcing students to read stuff they don't like to generate violent reactions! ;)
Patrick A. Smith

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 6:40 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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Jonathan B wrote:
I have a guy who reads most of my books, mostly leaving two star reviews for them all, saying things like he was glad a series finally ended and that I shouldn't give up my day job (I already did :) ). At first, I wondered why he lept reading my work if he found it so bad, and I wanted to tell him just forget my work and leave it alone. But then I changed my thinking. No matter what he wrote about my books, the bottom line was that he put about $40 into my pocket, $40 I would not have had otherwise. So, when you get down to it, I "won." If you use my logic, so did you. :)

I'd guess he is a competitor of yours trying to wreck your sales.
Jonathan B

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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 7:15 AM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
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Patrick A. Smith wrote:
Jonathan B wrote:
I have a guy who reads most of my books, mostly leaving two star reviews for them all, saying things like he was glad a series finally ended and that I shouldn't give up my day job (I already did :) ). At first, I wondered why he lept reading my work if he found it so bad, and I wanted to tell him just forget my work and leave it alone. But then I changed my thinking. No matter what he wrote about my books, the bottom line was that he put about $40 into my pocket, $40 I would not have had otherwise. So, when you get down to it, I "won." If you use my logic, so did you. :)

I'd guess he is a competitor of yours trying to wreck your sales.


I don't think he was. What I didn't post was that the guy is a serial reviewer, sometimes doing eight or nine reviews a day. He generally gives one or two stars, and he loves to pontificate why whatever book he's reviewing is so bad. He gave The Martian one star, for example. He likes some products he bought on Amazon, but he tears apart books. Of his hundreds of reviews, he's given a few four-star and some three-stars, but those are the exception to the rule. Each review is lengthy, and I think he revels in the academic tone he tries to impart.

I don't think the guy is a writer but rather someone who wants to impress others with his discerning literary eye.
Patrick A. Smith

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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 7:40 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
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Jonathan B wrote:
Patrick A. Smith wrote:
Jonathan B wrote:
I have a guy who reads most of my books, mostly leaving two star reviews for them all, saying things like he was glad a series finally ended and that I shouldn't give up my day job (I already did :) ). At first, I wondered why he lept reading my work if he found it so bad, and I wanted to tell him just forget my work and leave it alone. But then I changed my thinking. No matter what he wrote about my books, the bottom line was that he put about $40 into my pocket, $40 I would not have had otherwise. So, when you get down to it, I "won." If you use my logic, so did you. :)

I'd guess he is a competitor of yours trying to wreck your sales.

I don't think he was. What I didn't post was that the guy is a serial reviewer, sometimes doing eight or nine reviews a day. He generally gives one or two stars, and he loves to pontificate why whatever book he's reviewing is so bad. He gave The Martian one star, for example. He likes some products he bought on Amazon, but he tears apart books. Of his hundreds of reviews, he's given a few four-star and some three-stars, but those are the exception to the rule. Each review is lengthy, and I think he revels in the academic tone he tries to impart.

I don't think the guy is a writer but rather someone who wants to impress others with his discerning literary eye.


Well, it sure don't impress me! When I review a book, which is rare, i never leave a bad review. It's hard enough to make it without that. I just don't buy anymore from them.
C. Gold

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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 11:07 AM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
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I have left bad reviews before, but I'm always careful to say why I took off points for things. Most of the things I rate are qualitative like plot, pacing, character development, and try not to get into too much subjective stuff. If I do, then I'm clear to point out that is my opinion. That way readers can make an informed choice.
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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 12:44 PM   in response to: Mrs MM Credentino in response to: Mrs MM Credentino
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Hello.
I had my moments when I was hurt at first. Then I just kept on writing. I was cursed at and humiliated very badly. I was even called a stalker. It's those types of comments that sometimes can hurt a lot, but that's their opinion.
The best thing is to keep on writing, because most of the time what a few want is for you to fail and not prosper. Don't let other people's ideas turn your dreams away. If your dream was to be a writer keep on writing.
It's not what others have to say against you. It's what you have to offer the world that makes all the difference. Most reviews will only represent the reviewers. Great success to you. :-)
Mrs MM Credentino

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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 4:43 PM   in response to: janni2525 in response to: janni2525
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Thanks Janni
Your advice is reassuring and encouraging.
Mary
Mary Peebels

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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 5:38 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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C. Gold wrote:
I'd have given Catcher in the Rye a negative review if online reviewing was available when I was forced to read that book. Nothing like forcing students to read stuff they don't like to generate violent reactions! ;)

I remember feeling that way about Ivanhoe. But my high school days were long before the option of buying on Amazon and leaving a review. :)
resteasy

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Posted: Nov 3, 2017 5:53 PM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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If you read the unexpurgated books of Charles Dickens, you will find lengthy sections filled with tedious moralising. The middle class, educated Victorians loved this because it pandered to their self-righteous sense of reading and feeling godliness. Dickens wrote his novels paid by lineage installments in periodicals, so the more you wrote, the more money you made. Not to do the man down, he made the Victorian better offs feel guilty about their wealth, while most people lived in slums, and helped to bring about welfare reforms. I think a modern day editor would have cut a number of his works by half in the get to the point world we now live in. Everything in its time. Re The Catcher in the Rye. Robbie Burns is still big in Scotland.
C. Gold

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Re: I know I shouldn't let negative reviews get to me, but ....
Posted: Nov 3, 2017 7:29 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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I remember reading Jane Eyre and even the teacher made a comment about how nobody talks like that anymore (long winded, flowery). I'm sure our books today will be viewed as 'bad' to people in the future as ideals change.
Patrick A. Smith

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Re: I know I shouldn't let negative reviews get to me, but ....
Posted: Nov 3, 2017 7:59 PM   in response to: Mrs MM Credentino in response to: Mrs MM Credentino
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Mrs MM Credentino wrote:
I find it hard not to. I have 48 reviews including 37 five star reviews, a few mixed, but three one star reviews which have got to me a bit. I get that not everyone likes my kind of book and that's really OK, but when a review refers to it as rubbish, and pretty rubbish never finished it, and boring without any explanation as to why they think this I feel quite offended. I know I'm being daft and need to develop a thicker skin, and probably will in time, but it's my first baby and I can't help feeling sensitive about it.
Thanks for letting me have my little self-indulgent rant.
Mary

Don't fret over it. Its happened to me. In fact in addition to a few reviews saying a book of mine wasn't worth anything, one guy said he is sorry he "scanned the monstrosity!" He didn't even read the book!!!!!! Unfair? Yes! If it were up to me, I'd remove stupid reviews from ppl who haven't read the book!
But we have to take the bad with the good. I have many good reviews!

Edited by: Patrick A. Smith on Nov 3, 2017 7:59 PM
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