002: A Field Guide to Book Reviews

In this episode of the Fearless Fiction podcast, we’re going to talk about the Big Bad Wolf–or possibly the Cthulhu–of author fears…book reviews!! (dun-dun-dunnnn…) This show will cover:

  • The different kinds of book reviews and how to interpret them
  • How to interpret the complete average of our reviews
  • What our target market means for the significance of our reviews

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Comments (2)

I think this is the first podcast that I listened to fully. But reviewing is my life so wanted to see what you said about it. It is true that people use the stars in different ways, which is why I have an explanation on my site for what I mean by each star ranking, and of course why I make sure that my actual review explains what I meant by them. But I don’t get why someone would think that anyone who rates the book less than 4 STARS is outside the target market, because if they’re reading it then it tends to be the sort of book they usually read, so it’s something to still be noticed, if still taken with a grain of salt. And yeah 2 STARS are weird, but I have done them. I do them when the book isn’t awful, but it’s really forgettable and I wouldn’t recommend it. I try not to do bad reviews, honestly because if I’m not enjoying a book it’s more because it just isn’t my cup of tea, but also I’m usually not going to finish it. And I don’t write a review unless I read it all or at the very least read about 75%. If I’ve made it all the way through then I deserve to warn others that it’s not a book worth wasting your time on. And I mean it failed in every category possible. But it is different view from the reviewer to the author reading the review.

Thanks for listening. Like I said, views on 3 stars tend to differ. A 3-star reviewer could be outside the target market, but not always, which is why I advised paying attention to 3-star reviews. And as I mentioned, I’ve done plenty of 1-star reviews myself, so I’m not against them in principle. But yes, the interpretation of them from the other side of the fence is a bit different.

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