Why I won’t review your book

…well said, m’Lady, Barb Taub.. reblogging this 🙂

Barb Taub

Why do you give such high ratings to all the books you review?”

cocaineIt’s a fair question, and not the first time I’ve been asked. The answer is simple. I don’t review books I know I won’t like. That doesn’t mean I only accept them from a particular genre, but rather that I triage the ones I read. If I can tell right away that I won’t like it, I don’t accept it for a review. If I get a few chapters into it and realize my review will be under three stars, I tell the author. (Not one has ever asked that I go ahead with the review.)

I was adding a review to Goodreads recently for a book that had almost all five-star reviews and noticed there was one reviewer who only gave it two stars. I was curious, so I looked at that review. The reviewer…

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6 responses to “Why I won’t review your book

  1. Some good thoughts! Thanks for stealing… uh… I’m mean sharing this Seumas! 🙂

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  2. Bandwagon time:

    Saw an article the other day by a ‘reviewer’ saying they would never give a book a five star review or a one star either. Needless to say, they have no idea just how much personal sacrifice we scribblers have to endure to produce our work. WHy doesn’t she just give 3-stars to everything – you know, vanilla flavour – and be done with it. In fact, that way she wouldn’t even have to bother reading the damned books in the first place.

    Another thing; do people realise they should be commenting on the AUTHOR’s work and skill plus the STORY when they write a review and not the incompetent editor or typeface setter. My stomach turns every time I see some of the huge tracts of utter drivel produced not by the authors but by lousy post-writing production in mainstream Trad-pubbed bestsellers – came across a whole 7-line paragraph that even my code-breaking skills couldn’t make sense of in a well-known top ten bestsellers latest thriller last year – I’m sure that wasn’t the author’s fault yet they get the blame.

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  3. I think you’re being more than fair, Barb. Thanks Seumas for this piece. 🙂

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