Wednesday, April 03, 2013
How many stars...? Online reviews.
But there are moments when a writer just wants to beat her head against her desk.
This morning I had an "alert" for my book Dangerous Flirtation at Barnes and Noble. I clicked to see what it was about and discovered I had three new reviews. Two were five star. Great. Well, not so great, actually. They weren't reviews at all, but a couple who appeared to be using my book page as a contact site to fix up an illicit date - no doubt inspired by the book's title. :) Interesting. A story idea...
Instead of having no reviews - no problem - I now had three non-reviews that made the book look like a 3 star read.
Reviews are for those who have read the book and have something specific to say about it, even if it's just that they hated it. For everything else there is a button on the site specifically designed for reporting this kind of inappropriate use of a review site.
I've just used it. Three times.