The Good, The Bad, and The Very Ugly…Let’s Talk Reviews

  1. What a fantastic post…By the way sorry about your son…As for reviews..Yeah bad reviews hurt…It hurts for a few days and then you brush it off. you can’t make the whole world like your work..Just not possible.

    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks Savannah! And my son didn’t even think twice about it – lol! He’s so awesome, I learn something new from him every day. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Roz Lee says:

    Out of the mouths of babes…

    Yet, as you say, these are our babies as surely as if we’d given birth to them, and in a manner of speaking, we have. It’s difficult to accept that there are people who aren’t going to think our child is the most brilliant, beautiful creature to walk the earth. I try to stay away from reviews, except that I can’t. Reviews are a part of the marketing process, and in order to find the good ones I want and need to quote to sell my books, I have to read the bad ones too. And, yes, we all get them. Just like cooking a meal, there’s always going to be someone at the table who isn’t going to like what you prepared.

    Great post, Jenn, though I can’t imagine anyone that wouldn’t like your work!

    • Jennifer says:

      LOL, you said it perfectly Roz, especially like cooking!! And darlin, I have gotten some doozies but it’s all ok in the mix, right!! Thanks so much for commenting!

  3. Evie Knight says:

    Wow! This is an awesome post Jennifer. Like you, I’m mama bear when it comes to my kids. Nuh uh, no one touches my kids lol but like yours, they take everything as in “whatever”. I guess kids will be kids 😉

    About the reviews, I’ve been reading romance for a little over 18 yrs. I talk non-stop about the books I read w/my friends. Whenever I come across bad reviews from other readers, it bothers ME, and I’m not even an author! Personally, I don’t think it is necessary to shred the author + the book just because I didn’t like it, and I hate it when I see reviewers do that. In fact, it makes me want to buy the book to see for myself if it really is that bad.

    As an avid reader, I’ve come across many a time books I absolutely didn’t like. Favorite authors included. Even so I won’t shred the book, per se. If it’s an author I like, I will rate it and add a short review focusing on what was good, and what could’ve been better. And if I absolutely loathed it, then maybe I won’t even bother rating it.

    A few months ago, I read a debut book by the sweetest author. OMG! The book was NOT what I’d expected, and I’m still shocked it was published, especially by this very well known publisher. I provided a review ’cause I really like the author and it was the most painful review to write. I don’t think I want to read the next installment, but I’ll most likely give into the benefit of the doubt. You know, just to make sure.

    Ok, I think my comment reads more like a “will”. I am anxiously waiting for The Marriage Trap, I’m sure it will be as great a hit as The Marriage Bargain.

    All the best. Xo
    Evie

    • Jennifer says:

      An absolute brilliant way to put it Evie! Thanks for sharing your process, you really provided great insight being a reviewer and I am looking so forward to sending you The Marriage Trap!

  4. What a great post. Thanks so much for sharing. I think I’ll print it out for when I start getting reviews!

    • Jennifer says:

      HI Jenna! You will be with the whole group but we are here to support you in the bad, but mostly celebrate in the good. And you will have LOTS of good I know it! Thanks for stopping By!

  5. Lisa Kessler says:

    Great post Jennifer!!!

    The reviews can be painful… I had one that kept scolding me and calling me “Kessler” and I felt like I was somehow in the military or something. My inner whine kept saying “But my name is Lisa!” LOL

    But you’re right, if you don’t have the lows, you can’t really appreciate the highs! 😀

    Congratulations on all the Marriage Bargain success!!! You deserve it!!!

    Lisa 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      LIsa! OMG, I was laughing but not! I would have been yelling the same thing at the computer. And thanks for the congrats – I am so excited to see yours in print and soaring high too – so great!!

  6. Awesome post! As a mama bear to two little girls, 6 and 7, I sooo feel ya! And with my book release getting closer and closer, I keep trying to tell myself these very things. It’s okay that not everyone will like my book, and I’m gonna happy dance that others do like it. But I can’t control either and really focusing too much on the good or the bad can mess with my head. As that P90X guy says, I just have to do my best and forget the rest 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      Yes, Rachel, I hear ya! And that is a pretty good term to remember because we have no control over people’s opinions. We can only play nice! Thanks for stopping by love!

  7. Kimberly says:

    A great post and a good prespective on bad reviews. No not everyone is going to like us in life but in a pinch if your having a hard time with some meanie remember one of my favorite quotes “People eat blood sausage; people are morons.” …Phil Connors (Bill Murray), “Groundhog Day.” =)

  8. Jennifer – a classy response from a classy lady. Great attitude and outlook!

  9. Great post, Jennifer and a comfort to someone who’s going through the process of getting reviewed properly for the first time. There have been a few ‘ouch’ moments all right, and I’m glad it’s me that got them, not my children!

    I’m finding the bad reviews are getting to be a bit like the rejections now – you stop feeling the pain so badly after a while.:0) There are some very odd ones on B&N though – one star and some gibberish! I’m not sure I want these strange people to like me anyway!

    I’m looking forward to the Marriage trap too! xx

  10. Wow, Jen. Wow! This is exactly what I needed to hear. Funny how kids seem to know things instinctively we adults sometimes forget. How does life do that to us? No matter. This is an awesome post and exactly what I needed to hear. Everyone doesn’t need to like me or my work. I will survive. Thanks!

  11. Jen, Funny, This is going to be my next inspiration. I’m getting together some rights back books to send off to another publisher and they like to have old reviews. Of course I’m going to pick the good ones to send to them. But on other loops I’ve been hearing from people whose feelings are continuously hurt by bad readers. Usually I just shrug and say that’s one person’s opinion. The book that I received the worst review – Publisher’s Review yet – sold out the print run.

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