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In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 7:31:26 AM PDT
Probably not. It may have been "unpublished" by the author (if she owns the rights) or by the publisher, and might be temporary if it's being tweaked. Maybe it'll come back 'new and improved'?

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 7:43:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 9:32:13 AM PDT
Joanna,

Good points. I know the reviews I write always focus on the item, not the author but I have [seen], and experienced, cases where the reviewer, for whatever reason, has such a desperate level of hatred for the author that any review they do is little more than a juvenile rant exposing their own deep seated issues and hurts.

But, that's the nature of the InterWebs.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 9:10:24 PM PDT
T. Bullard says:
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Posted on May 1, 2012 9:15:20 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 9:42:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 9:44:38 PM PDT
First of all, make a book cover, don't just slap up an ugly photo.

Second of all, charging $3 for a short story is ridiculous. (I pay less than $1 each for the short stories I read from highly acclaimed authors in professionally published anthologies.)

Most of all, do not spam your story anywhere on Amazon outside of the Meet Our Authors forum. (Link found by scrolling down and looking in the Most Active Communities section.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 12:02:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2012 12:06:31 AM PDT
Tom Tiding says:
Given that your book doesn't have a single rating yet, why are you posting here? Being disingenuous doesn't make anyone want to buy your book.

Or do you think you've written something so execrable that you're betting it'll end up on this thread anyway? In that case, I admire your forethought and ambition.

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2012 3:25:11 PM PDT
Stant Litore says:
T. Bullard has actually been spamming as many threads as he can. Which is a very peculiar and ineffective way to market a book...

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 1:14:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 3, 2012 1:16:02 PM PDT
You know Bullard, you are just a spamming jerk.
Now watch, I will be the one whose post gets zapped.
This guy was all over the horror forums yesterday and ensured that no one there will purchase anything from him.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 8:42:27 AM PDT
Carol says:
lol, my son and I found that Ice Age book,
and read all those 1 star reviews. We were bored.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 8:53:46 AM PDT
Tom Tiding says:
Eh, I actually find it kind of entertaining. Amazon is full of clueless authors and spiteful reviewers (sometimes they're one in the same). I have to confess I am amused by it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 9:28:47 AM PDT
wutzthedeal says:
May have been for too many commas.

Posted on May 9, 2012 9:31:51 AM PDT
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Posted on May 9, 2012 9:33:14 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 9:34:22 AM PDT
John Davis says:
Reviews are nothing more than opinion. And in the immortal words of Patrick Swayze..."Opinions vary". I honestly haven't checked the reviews on my books in months. We all know that over half of them are "buddy" authors or revenge reviews anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 10:29:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 10:32:13 AM PDT
If you actually look at what the star rating is, you are rating how much you liked it. A 5 star means you loved it. A 1 star means you hated it.

I don't give a lot of low ratings because if I really don't like something, I won't review on Amazon unless I really think someone should avoid it. That was the case with District 9 because in my opinion, it truly was a horrible movie, and I wouldn't recommend it.

Another thing is that when I do give a low star rating, I explain why in the review. Some books I've given 3 - 4 stars to even though I didn't enjoy them because they weren't my kind of book, not because I didn't like them, and I said so in the review.

Understanding who your audience is and writing a book/Kindle that your readers will find useful/enjoy will help you get high ratings.

Have your friends look at those things. Don't sweat a bad review, especially if the person is being hateful. Reviews are subjective in many ways anyway. It's simply one person's opinion.

Posted on May 9, 2012 10:59:51 AM PDT
I agree. No author enjoys seeing bad reviews posted but can live with them if they are honest and thoughtful. The aggravating ones will say something like, "I never read this genre because I hate it, but I read this book anyway and hated it," and then give a one star rating. Or disliked the book simply because the author gave the cat their husband's name. Not fair.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2012 5:02:01 PM PDT
Tom Tiding says:
Hey Jinger-- what a thoughtful, well-reasoned, completely off-topic post that was.

Posted on May 9, 2012 8:59:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2012 9:01:55 PM PDT
Jonathon K says:
The most 1-star reviews I have seen was for the Hugo Award-winning novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel with over 100, and also over 100 2-star ratings. However, it has over 400 5-star ratings as well, so it is all over the board.

I have given out a number of 1-star and 2-star ratings. One received a flurry of downvotes and critical comments, with most of the comments, at least, coming from pretty obvious sock-puppets, but the others have fared better in both helpful votes and the comments written. None have been removed, and I would think that with at least the one which garnered the most reaction, that the author would have tried to get it or the numerous other poor reviews removed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 5:13:17 AM PDT
Actually Tom, I thought I was answering your question. I am both an Amazon author, as well as an Amazon Vine reviewer. I was trying to give you my perspective on my experience, as well as my understanding of how Amazon works. The example was for purely illustrative purposes. I'm also a marketer, and the thing writers don't usually understand is marketing. Give your readers what they want. In this case, make a truly satisfying read with a pay off.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 5:49:18 AM PDT
Wow, Jonathan. I never looked at the book page for Jonathan Strange. I loved that book! I'm surprised that it has so many low reviews.

I've only given a couple of reviews below 3 stars. Usually if I dislike a book that much, I'll stop reading it very early on. I previously wouldn't have considered writing a review of a book I didn't finish. I have been reconsidering that position, in the cases where the formatting or poor grammar causes me to put the book down.

Posted on May 10, 2012 6:10:36 AM PDT
G Atkinson says:
The Many Deaths of Virginia Tech has one star. I know just by living near that college that most of the students and townsfolk vehemently oppose this book. Yet none have actually read it. From the look of the reviews I doubt most of them have read it either.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 3:40:14 PM PDT
G. says:
And people wonder why the self-pubbed field is looked at with a suspicious eye? Hmmmm. Could it be the poor behavior? Yeah.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 3:41:46 PM PDT
G. says:
"You can't please everybody".

Especially when you break Amazon Terms of Service by promoting your own book. It's been done to death on these fora, and I will tell you that it is not attractive to readers.

Posted on May 11, 2012 8:15:34 AM PDT
Twostory says:
I hate it when an author responds with disagreement with a reviewer. It only makes the author look aggressive and turns me away from their work. Readers are not stupid and can see an extremely bad review for what it is.

Posted on May 16, 2012 2:01:25 PM PDT
land zebra says:
I recently found out that both of Plum Sykes' books got more one stars than five stars. It seems she also has a third book out, that came out in 2008 but has no reviews at all. I haven't read any of them so I couldn't give you an opinion.
I'm just here to vent spleen.

Posted on May 17, 2012 6:06:31 AM PDT
Tom Tiding says:
To be honest, Zebra, I just find it interesting. I think it takes a truly unique work to garner massively bad reviews.

The worst of the self pubbies are quickly forgotten. I'm secretly hoping to find the Amazon version of Plan 9 From Outer Space.
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