This week I became an Amazon best seller!! (Hooray!! – jump up and down and toss bonnet in the air!)
My Loveday Ross Cornish Mystery Series collection reached 39 in the top 100 Fiction / Drama category, earlier this week, with an overall best selling ranking of 15,168. I can’t believe it.
However…despite the welcome sales, the only review I currently have for this collection is from an American reader on the Amazon.com site. He gave it a 4 Star and wrote…
“This series is an enjoyable read. The plots are fresh and the characters are well described. A good writer whom I would not hesitate to read other works by.”
Very welcome, and it got me thinking about reviews in general. Regular readers of this blog will know I was recently invited by Constable & Robinson to join their list of review bloggers. My first book was Wicked Autumn by GM Malliett, and while I didn’t totally love the book, I did try to be constructive and fair in my comments. (Certainly never cruel)
But some reviewers seem to give bad reviews for the most bizarre reasons.
For instance. One reader gave one of my books a 2 Star because she downloaded it, not realising it was a short story and not a full-length novel. (Although that had been clearly stated)
Another reader was so miffed that one of my Loveday Ross mysteries was not a LOVEJOY novel that she slapped a 1 Star on it and stomped off in disgust.
Neither of these reviews had anything to do with the quality of the work, but they are there for all time and there is nothing I can do about it.
More widely, when I was tracking the thread of some of the more prolific reviewers I came across one chap who wrote exactly the same review for every book, no matter the genre or author.
It brought a wry smile. Maybe it’s time we reviewed the reviewers.
What do you think?
And oh yes, my Pocket Novel, Another Chance, is published as a Large Print Linford Romance today, and will be available from Amazon and public libraries.
Happy reading and writing everyone.