Posted by Shannon Haddock on June 5, 2014 in Jake's Last Mission
I got my first bad review.
Now, I know conventional wisdom is that bad reviews are better for authors than good reviews because we can learn from them. However, given what my bad review says, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to learn.
Here is the entirety of the review:
“Book was awful…one of the worst of all-time….hopefully this is the author’s last mission…
Save your money….sucked!!!
Thank you for wasting my money…”
So, what can I learn from this? I don’t see anything. I see one person who thought Jake’s Last Mission was one of the worst books of all time. That’s fine; we’re all entitled to our opinions. But, that’s not a review or a critique or anything remotely useful. If I was a reader wanting to know if I should buy Jake’s Last Mission, I’d mark that review as not helpful, because it tells me nothing about the book. Really people, think before you submit your review: Does it help potential buyers know whether or not the book is for them? If not, then it’s not a good review.
What’s really annoying me about this is that I’m fairly certain the person did not, in fact, buy the book as I haven’t had a sale in several days — though I have given away some copies for reviews for free, so I suppose maybe he could’ve been one of those reviewers, and I wasted his time if not his money — and the person has the same uncommon last name as the editor of a book I recently gave a negative review to. So I have a feeling this was not, in fact, a negative review of my book, but was instead someone reacting irrationally to me giving a negative review to something they or someone close to them was involved in. Sad.