This is a vent post so you've been warned.
So last night I was looking over my books on Amazon and noticed one had a new review. I click on it to read of course. It was a 2 star review which didn't bother me in the least. Before I go any further first let me say this, when I took the leap into being an Author I knew my skin had to be tough ( nothing new for me, I'm already a tough cookie! ) I knew my writing wouldn't be for everyone. I anticipated some Readers would try, but would just not like my writing style or a particular story. That's to be expected for even the most seasoned Author. I even resolved to do this once I became a published Author, I don't post reviews.It's rare that I ever post a review. I support Authors I know and don't know by purchasing their books and reading them but as I stated above, I just may not like your book and if I don't, I'm not going to lie about it. But as a fellow Author I will never leave a bad review.
Now please don't misconstrue what I'm saying to mean others shouldn't leave bad reviews if they felt a book was bad. I'm not. Here's my issue.
Please,please,PLEASE don't use MY book to vent about what the hell you feel is wrong with the state of Urban Fiction. That shit has NOTHING to do with me OR my book!
This particular Reviewer went on to say something along the lines of hating all the series and Authors are putting out 1,2,3,4,5,6 books ( her words not mine ). Look lady, in my entire roster of books I have 2 Trilogies period. My first book was a series that I put out monthly. ( ParkCrest View- The Love Chronicles ) Both of which I was very upfront about in regards to being a series or 2 part story. If those aren't your type of books, simply keep it moving and don't read any of them. Then you wouldn't have to complain at all would you? As for the series this particular review was on, I took particular offence to it because it's always been CLEARLY labelled as a two part series and to add insult to injury, part one is permanently FREE.
So what was the point of you putting all that in your review?
Granted I understand what you said. I get it. My point is this, take that shit to the Authors that are dragging their series out to 6 or more books!( keeping in mind you have the option to STOP at any time, so even those Authors have not wronged you. You may not like it, but you either make a choice to continue the series or not.)
You bought ONE book lady!
And I'd be hard pressed to believe you didn't return that after you read it and left me a shitty review that really didn't touch on the book at all.
This Reviewers next complaint was the lack of in her words "spice" which I found hilarious! Say what you really mean. You wanted to read more fuck scenes. Period. Talking about you were bored and flipping pages. No you were flipping pages to read more fuck scenes.
Let me tell you this, I will NEVER be one of those Authors that writes a book and every three pages there is a sex scene that adds absolutely NOTHING to the story-line( I stopped reading one of my FAVORITE Authors when she started doing this shit!). Any sex scene I include in my books will flow within the context of the story. So if you're looking for that type of book, go find it. There are plenty of Urban Fiction books that cater to your "spice" level. I write about relationships and various situations. Also let me clue you in on something. You can read all the " spice " want in a genre of books called EROTICA! Where did you read on the Amazon listing that the book you were purchasing by me was erotica? I created the listing so I know for a FACT you couldn't have been expecting those characters to be fucking from the windows to the walls in MY book.
That's what I thought.
At any rate, thanks for the review...
So to end this blog post let me reiterate. I'm not upset about the 2 star review. I've had them before and I'll have them again. Hell even one stars. Shoot, I even have people buying and reading books that never review at all and that's okay as well. It would be nice if all my books had reviews on them no matter the rating, but I do know my books are being supported by Readers purchasing them. That's the most I can expect. I just ask that when you do leave a review , have what you write down for the world to see be an accurate description of the book. This reader could have easily just said that the book was boring. I would have had no complaint because that would have been her truth. But all that other BS wasn't warranted. Just as she so freely left her opinion, here is mine on the matter.
Curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on this particular
reviewers Amazon profile.
You mean to tell me you're such an avid reader that the only book reviews you've EVER left were for my Soul Cry series? She gave book one a 4 star review, book 2 a 2 star review and another book a 5 star review all on April 18th 2016. The only other review was for some headphones in January 2016. Where are all the 2 star reviews you should have left for all the 1-6 book series you're so upset about? Because it most certainly isn't my series. Then you have the audacity to have a part FIVE book on your wishlist? I guess you don't hate multiple book series THAT damn much. I call a bullshit ass review and Reviewer.
Also feel free to check out the series, lots of Readers absolutely loved the series. Part 1 is free.