I Found a Review

My short story (Fairies Don’t Flirt) has migrated to Barnes and Noble (Nook) and Diesel.  This was not unexpected, but I didn’t put a lot of work into to, because my percentage of free is nothing.  So I really wasn’t paying a lot of attention; it happened without my notice.

I was doing a random check of my name, the titles of my stories, etc. which I do every so often for general purposes when I found my story at BnN.  “Cool” I thought at first.

Then I scrolled down to the ratings.  Average rating: 1.  There must be some mistake, I thought. (For reference: On Smashwords the same story was rated 5.  It’s still being downloaded, 169 times so far.)  But there wasn’t.  I read the review.  The writer used the word “stupid”—twice.  He indicated the story was only good for reading to a three year old.  He (I know I’m assuming “he”) indicated it was a waste of his time.  It was signed “anonymous”.

I’ve had bad reviews before, so I know to suppress the desire to fight.  It can’t be personal; whoever this is doesn’t know me. (I know that’s an assumption too.)  It’s interesting how I usually get really good reviews or really bad.  (Only once have I had a mediocre rating—and I couldn’t disagree.)  I guess you either get me or you don’t.

But, I have to ask; why the anger?  Was he really going to use that three minutes of his life for something important?  If all my reviews were bad I’d figure I still had a lot to learn and shouldn’t be cluttering the internet with my stuff.  If all the reviews were good, I suppose I’d start thinking I’m some kind of expert.  I’ll fall back on one of my rules of writing:  *Write better.  I doubt I’ll win over Mr. Anonymous, he seems to have made up his mind.

On the other hand, I’m going back to read the Smashwords review again.

 

PS- If anyone reading this blog has actually read “Fairies Don’t Flirt”, and would rate it higher than 1, and has some connection with B&N…

Well, it never hurts to ask.

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About stephenb5jones

Husband of one. Fixer of things. School bus driver. Father of two. Writer. Missionary. Philosopher.
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One Response to I Found a Review

  1. tmso says:

    Hey Stephen,

    I don’t know why folks rate something lower than three stars. I figure silence or no rating pretty much says that folks don’t like something.

    Personally, I only rate stuff that I think deserves three stars or higher. Anything lower is just being vindictive. Suffice to say, Mr/Mrs Anonymous really didn’t like the story. I guessing it may be because they were expecting something different. A blurb letting folks know what do expect might be helpful so that you don’t get reviews like that.

    Keep in mind, though, you may still get those. I just reviewed and interviewed two of Mike Shevdon’s books. I thought they were great. When I got ready to post my reviews, I was shocked to see someone had given on of his books a one-star review because of the ‘bad’ language used. I was like, did they read the same book? I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember Mr. Shevdon using any bad words, but, apparently, he did. Once. That’s all it took for that reviewer to hate the book.

    I know your stuff doesn’t have bad language, but what I’m saying is that some folks tolerance for [insert whatever it is they hate] can be very low.

    Don’t worry about it!

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