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Post by Misfit » Sat October 18th, 2008, 3:38 pm

ROFL. I think we have two Amazon antics threads going. Another merge perhaps or delete this one?

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Post by boswellbaxter » Sat October 18th, 2008, 4:15 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]ROFL. I think we have two Amazon antics threads going. Another merge perhaps or delete this one?[/quote]

Damn, how'd that happen? They loved it once--guess they'll love it twice. Thanks for pointing out.
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Post by Divia » Sat October 18th, 2008, 4:20 pm

i would think going into this that an author would knwo that not everyone is gonna like their stuff. I dont understand why some get so upset over it. I mean lets face it...not everyone likes you in real life, so why would everyone like your book? :confused:
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Post by Rowan » Sat October 18th, 2008, 4:45 pm

I don't write reviews for Amazon and frankly I avoid the site altogether when I can. But it seems to me that the only thing these reviewers of historical fiction care about is the historical accuracy of the work. At least that's the impression I got after reading that whole blog post.

Just because a book can be not to your taste for whatever reasons, (and as you’ve said, all literary tastes differ); it does not automatically make the writing bad — or the author untalented.

I don't like romances. Therefore I do not read romances. I adore historical fiction and will give anyone a try unless trusted opinion (like those here) tell me otherwise. If I quit reading a book - which I have done in the past - it's because the writing is bad. For me, it's not only whether or not the history is accurate but whether the author has the overall skills to pull off telling a story.

The review sounds spot on to me. The author, however, reminds me of a woman I encountered in my editing days. She came to us (the publisher) with reviews in hand for her unedited manuscript. I was assigned to edit her work and when I said she needed to make major cuts to the manuscript - this woman was trying to be an Amy Tan on her first book - she got upset because she didn't feel they were necessary. She used the reviews to back herself up rather than wanting to work to make her manuscript better. She complained to my boss and my boss stood by my decisions and the woman took off in a huff. This author making an ass of herself on Amazon has the same attitude... professional, paid reviewers love her work, so everyone else should as well.

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Post by Divia » Sat October 18th, 2008, 4:49 pm

Well I do agree about the historical accuracy about a work. I dont mind an author being a tad bit creative, but when an author writes about the Victorian Era (The Luxe) and gets the whole damn thing wrong, then I have a problem.

I would hope, that when I finally get to the stage of an editor (fingers crossed) I will be willing to hear their opinions with an open mind.
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Post by Misfit » Sat October 18th, 2008, 5:13 pm

[quote=""Divia""]I would hope, that when I finally get to the stage of an editor (fingers crossed) I will be willing to hear their opinions with an open mind.[/quote]

I couldn't even imagine putting myself through that even if I could write. An interesting experience was the Amazon Break Through Novel Award contest. I was among the reviewers asked to review the original entries submitted (oh there were some stinkers let me tell you) and I read and reviewed many of the semi finalists as well, although I did stay to genres I read - I could not do a sci-fi entry justice. Still in the semis there was much more dross than gold and not all the entrants and/or their friends/family took the harsher reviews very well. I even got attacked on one because since I posted under a moniker instead of a *cough* real name I shouldn't be trusted. This from a person posting under a real name with only one review under his belt -- that being a gushing five star review for -- you guessed it-- the excerpt in question.

With Amazon reviews unless it's a reviewer I'm familiar with (HF is a pretty small community so you get familiar with other reviewers easily) I tread cautiously with the unknown prior to making a reading decision. I've seen many a gushing one review wonder show up when a book isn't getting rave reviews. I also see some of the higher ranked reviewers who get books free (no they are all shills, but still I think they are more generous than would be a reviewer who paid for the book).

Then there are also that group of romance authors (and at least one "top reviewer") who review each other's books and glow and gush and vote helpful for each other enough to make one puke.

And of course there's also some of those Vine Reviewers who apparently post reviews the same day the newsletter comes out (which means they can't have the product yet) and those who review the product and turn around and sell it on ebay as new still in original wrapping (you should see some of those threads at the Vine discussions!!)

It's all about buyer beware, the more educated the consumer is about review manipulation the better for all and perhaps some of this nonsense will stop.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat October 18th, 2008, 5:57 pm

Is it so bad of me that I still want to read her book on royal affairs despite her behaviour?

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Post by Misfit » Sat October 18th, 2008, 6:00 pm

[quote=""SonjaMarie""]Is it so bad of me that I still want to read her book on royal affairs despite her behaviour?

SM[/quote]

I don't think so. Might taint your opinion but give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Sat October 18th, 2008, 6:39 pm

Will do!

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Post by cw gortner » Sat October 18th, 2008, 10:29 pm

[quote=""boswellbaxter""]I had known that there were different styles of riding horses, but I didn't realize they got that specialized.[/quote]

They certainly were more circumspect when I was learning to ride . . . I feel somewhat left out.
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