Giving Bad Reviews?

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  1. TheAdamBo (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I've received my fair share of bad reviews, but to be fair my early books were pretty crappy, lol. The only ones I took issue with was when two people who had it out for me in school began writing trashy reviews for my books. Not based on facts, I doubt they even read them, they just wanted to hurt me. IMO, that's where an author should draw the line, when the reviews stop being objective and turn personal.

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  2. Patrick Rochefort (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    A constructive review is gold, positive or negative.

    As an author: A constructive, positive review is, of course, the glorious golden unicorn. Someone who likes my work for clearly identified and communicated reasons, AND who has useful suggestions on further improving, or at least identifying points of weakness? Awesome, A++ would be reviewed again.

    A constructive, negative review is still a glorious golden unicorn, it's just periodically kicking me in the ego. And that's okay. Someone who doesn't like my work, for clearly identified and communicated reasons, and who has useful suggestions on further improving? Still awesome, A++ would be reviewed again.

    I'd rather have either of those than any ten "This was great! I loved it!" or "This sucked, boo!" reviews.

    But ultimately, readers don't *owe* me any of that. It's just awfully nice. :)


    As a reader: Give me a plot summary (non-spoilers), a quick look into the premise of the protagonist, and then tell me if the story prose is crafted well. That's really all I need. Everything else is critique for the author.

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  3. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I have an important caveat to make to my earlier response.

    Yes, I think writers should be able to take criticism, or at least not lose their minds from it, but context matters.

    A 14 year old just starting out for fun probably doesn't want nor deserve a 2000 word, critical review tearing their work apart.

    Someone like me or like many others on this forum who are aiming to self publish are inviting criticism merely by our intended end goal.

    Context matters. IMO, people who volunteer reviews where none are requested and tear apart a new writer aren't doing much of a service to anyone.

    I don't want up to 10 year olds who just started painting and tell them that their art sucks. We all collectively realize as human beings that this would be a dick move. So why is it okay to do similar for writing?

    Food for thought.

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  4. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    I think giving reviews is as much of a skill as writing in the first place. As Jim said earlier in the thread you have to consider your audience - but also what you want to achieve. If you want to give constructive criticism then do that - on a writer's forum that's often appropriate, elsewhere, maybe not.

    Personally I think being constructive without being cruel is a difficult part of the overall review skill. For example, unless the author has asked you too there's no point pulling every single mistake out of the story and waving them around. Just pick the one or two most important, maybe allude to the overall quality of the story, and leave it there.

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  5. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    We really need a 'report' button for stories that are no longer available or temporarily unavailable. I don't feel one-starring those stories is the way to go - especially considering that the link from WFG might simply be outdated (maybe it was moved to a different website and the author forgot to email Chris), or the issue might be temporary.

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  6. Stable (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    That would be a good idea Chrysalis - I did just one star a story that wasn't there so you might be talking about my review. Sorry if I stuffed up there - I was taking the idea of being "unreadable" too literally perhaps.

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  7. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    Yeah, I saw it. :) Just keep in mind that the WFG link might simply be outdated, or the author might put the story back up.

    I think there was a thread for reporting unavailable stories a while back... maybe it could be stickied?

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  8. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 3 years ago

    If it sucks, say so. but always give constructive criticism, how it could be better. And be specific about WHAT you dislike. as what you DISLIKE may be another person's gold, and there are more than a few times where the negative review is what sold me, because the person mentioned something they hated that was one of my favorite things in books. In my reviews, I always try to be specific about the STYLE of writing.


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