“Why I Sometimes Write Negative Reviews & Why You Should Consider Doing the Same” – A Post by Author Emlyn Chand
Hey, Emlyn here! You know how Lane Diamond is always going on and on about “quality first” here at Evolved Publishing? Well, that mantra doesn’t just reflect our house’s production standards, but it also extends to our marketing practices and, indeed, to all our interactions online.
In fact, you could add to that the phrase “integrity first,” because the two are really connected. Sure, hitting up your fellow authors for reviews may seem like the fastest way to rack ’em up, but is it really worth it?
I mean, reviews should come from readers, because that’s who they’re for! If I plaster a 5-star raving review of Lane’s book, Forgive Me, Alex, all over the interwebz, will that review hold any weight, or will you see right through it as one colleague zealously endorsing another’s book? How would you even know that I read Lane’s book, or that I wrote the review myself? How would you know it wasn’t some quid-pro-quo deal where Lane then goes out and leaves a raving review of Torn Together for me? You wouldn’t know (were it not for EP’s policy), and just like you wouldn’t trust that particular review, you’d probably stop trusting my reviews altogether – because in this instance I wouldn’t be seen as simply a reader, since Lane and I have a professional relationship. Am I right?
Of course, authors are readers too, and many of them have book blogs or online reviewer profiles. Still, many authors seem afraid to leave negative reviews for fear of backlash against their own works, or of offending a friend. But you know what? I think it’s important to leave negative reviews from time to time. Sure, I’m not going to review any of Evolved’s books – positively or otherwise – because that’s against our house policy, but what’s to stop me from writing up my thoughts on my latest book store or Kindle store purchase?
NOTHING! It is my right to share my opinion, and I know there are several to whom my opinion actually means something. I wouldn’t want to let them down.
That’s why I’m coming out in favor of the controversial practice of authors leaving negative book reviews. No, I’m not suggesting you start leaving negative reviews of Evolved Publishing’s books. Frankly, we trust in the quality of EP’s books so much that we encourage all honest, heartfelt reviews. Those are the key words: honest and heartfelt. Thus, I’ve put together my case with what I hope are 6 compelling reasons not to fear the 1- and 2-star ratings (as an author and as a reviewer). Will my post make you want to leave a negative review when warranted? Maybe. I hope so. Because in the end, you have to ask yourself, what’s my opinion really worth?
Check out my full post at the link below, and please join in the conversation by leaving a comment. This is an important topic that readers and authors alike need to discuss!