Reviewing my Reviews


There was a little bit of synchronicity at work recently, which lead to this blog post. And all are tied in with my Twitter peoples.

  1. My last book review was well received and, thanks to theauthor reposting/retweeting, it became one of my most viewed posts ever.
  2. Another of my followers asked me to read over their novel and give some feedback, so that he can pinpoint the areas to work on.
  3. I found a post a third of my Twitterans wrote a few months ago which made me think.

Now, I don’t want to just repeat what Her Majesty (you’ll see) said so I’m going to give you the link to her post here. Go and read it, then come back. You are coming back, right?

Well, hopefully you did come back. Or you’re just reading this post without going to the link (In which case, the rest of this might not make sense, but okay).

Anyways, like I said, her post made me think . Looking back on my previous reviews, I think, I hope, that I’ve somehow managed to be somewhere in the middle. I’ve tried my best not to go too deep into critique, but I’ve also focused more on what worked for me, not necessarily what will work for someone else. But, my opinion is the only one I’m qualified to give.

I’d like to think that I gave some good feedback to the authors I’ve reviewed and I hope I can help when asked for such. Certainly none have giving any indication they’ve been dissatisfied with my reviews, as written.

Still, am I doing the potential readers a disservice but not giving them a clear idea of whether or not they’ll like the book? Am I doing the writers a disservice by not encouraging potential readers? Am I worrying about this too much?

 

With much thanks to L.F. Oake for the original post.

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