Readers’ Reviews – Positive Reinforcement or the Bane of Life?

A five or four star review can make your day.  Three stars or less and the whole world is against you.  A couple of examples:

1.  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful – 5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, gripping and chilling…

“This is a highly accomplished debut. I was hooked on how the evil unfolds, and was caught out by every one of the twists. I highly recommend this to fans of Gillian Flynn… Julie Haiselden is the new author to follow!”

(Immediate reaction:  What a generous reviewer!  I’m swamped by lovely warm glow of self-congratulatory smugness).

2.  0 of 2 people found the following review helpful – 3.0 out of 5 stars – Three Stars

“A strange book Julie has a strange imagination but certainly kept me reading to an unusual end”

(Immediate reaction:  Ouch!  Reviewer has used same adjective twice and seems to think we’re on first name terms).

Love them or loathe them, readers’ reviews are part and parcel of the author’s life.  I don’t think anyone has established a fool-proof strategy for dealing with the less flattering comments we would all like to avoid, so my next blog will concentrate on a few coping mechanisms.


About jhbooksblog

Hello - I'm Julie Haiselden, an occasional NHS med sec/practice administrator. Mother of three, wife of one, a chaotic cook and published crime/thriller novelist who blogs a bit about books, life and food. School alumna. Occasional am-dram actress/director. I enjoy walking and photography (although my enthusiasm outweighs my skill set). I've recently joined the reviewing team at Whispering Stories and can be found via the following social media sites: I also accept a few hard copy novels to review.
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