I seem to be under the impression that writers who view my posts think that I am doing them a disfavor by creating a negative review. Even with the disfavored opinions, I frequently get an array of different viewers who think I should go in depth with the remainder of the book. The question I return to them is why?
Most reviews I give are not based on an entire book. If you are going to grab my interest, you must force me to go beyond those pages with a story that is worth reading. That is where the differences lie when praising and scoffing off at a book. I am not going to waste my time reading an entire book that is poorly written or stylistically entertaining (see Way #2). The reason some of these reviews have a short note attached to them is because I did not bother to go beyond the first chapters of the entire book.
With all that there is to the book itself, perhaps I could be misjudging a book (something which I am entirely open to discussing). That is something which happens every time a person has a stack of books to go through to review. However, with all that the book has to say about itself, the author ought to make the book more attractive within the first few pages (by my definition, prologue and first chapter).
If I find the book to have a few stylistic mistakes within the first chapter or prologue (e.g. too many pauses, diction, and poor analogies), I am less inclined to read the book. What on earth gives me the right to say that?
For starters, I’m a reader.
I have right to put down books at any time, for any reason. If you cannot pull my interest within 2,000 words or less, then you fail to grab my interest. Sometimes I am told by these same authors that I’m only expressing an opinion. But I’ll tell you what; if you give your book to at least 10 different strangers (who are not your friends) and ask them for an opinion, I’m willing to bet that any of those people would probably agree with me 100%.
Why? Because these readers do not know you. At most, these readers have very little or almost no time to invest with a book that does not pique their interests within the cover, synopsis, or the story itself. These are the ones that really matter; it’s all about the reader. Normally, I would love to have a friend or so that has actually taken the time to read my book, but that makes my book less credible, especially when the book needs to grab the attention of the general public.
If you are going to want honest opinions, send it to people who do not know you, who could care less about you and what you do as an author.
That’s where book bloggers come in.