Jennifer’s Rant

Since I’ve been reviewing the volume of books I’ve been reading has drastically increased. And with the volume I’ve notice that I’m developing some crazy pet peeves.

1. I try and read other people’s reviews before I post mine and I’m always shocked at the sway between DNF’s and 5 star ratings, but like I always say ‘to each their own’. But there is one part I’m noticing more. When a movie has a lot constantly happening it is considered action-packed, but when the same thing happens in a book it is considered rushed. I honestly don’t understand the difference. I personally enjoy fast-paced, action-packed, BAM-BAM-BAM types of stories. They hold my interest and keep me flipping the pages.

2. I seem to be reading a lot of erotica lately and I’m noticing the whole come vs. cum. It drives me crazy to see it spelled cum and after researching it online I found a response someone posted that says it all: Come = erotica. Cum = badly-written porn. Yep, that says it all!

3. My view on typos is that if they don’t interfere with me enjoying the story then as my review goes, they don’t count. If they are so numerous that it interferes then of course I’ll note it, but either way my review will not be based on them, it will be based on the content of the story. I think when indie authors review other indie authors they forget that content is more important than perfection and are more critical of them compared toย any bookshelf author. No matter who the author, or publishing house, etc. it’s very difficult to find any book with absolutely no typos.

4. And finally, at least for today – It’s not hard to say thank you! I’d say we’re pretty lucky when it comes to the interactions we have with the authors who submit theirs stories to us. Most respond in some way after we’ve finished our reviews, a few stay in touch to ask our opinions (which I love)ย and/or send us their newest release. However, I’ve received an couple of emails that basically said ‘I know it’s not proper etiquette to keep emailing, but thank you for your review’. Those always seem to throw me for a loop. When people spend their precious time reviewing one of our books, whether they liked it or not, I always send a thank you. As for me, the reviewer me, I enjoy the banter with other authors, especially other indie authors.

For everyone who reads this, thanks for listening, and if you have any comments or pet peeves of your own please feel free to add them. I’d love to read them. And remember to always speak your mind because I don’t judge…however, if I laugh remember that I’m laughing with you and not at you!

Love you guys! Y’all rock!



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7 responses to “Jennifer’s Rant

  1. I have a few comments, but first, I want you to know that I always enjoy reading your reviews. That’s for both of you girls. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rushed vs action-packed: I love action-packed. What I call it rushed is when it’s actually ‘rushed’. When you read something and suddenly bang, everything is resolved in a few pages and it’s over. It makes you feel as if the writer suddenly realized the book needed to end. That’s rushed. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Some threads about protocol on Goodreads say that an author should never reply to a review, not even to thank or like. Personally, I think it’s BS, but still, a lot of people seem to agree, so it scares authors off. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    So when I thanked Mindy for her review, those words were practically mine. /blush

    • ggatcheson – I agree with your perspective about being rushed, wish everyone did. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I couldn’t agree more about proper communication etiquette being BS. Anyone who wants to email, comment, or whatever on anything I post please feel free to.

      And thank you for your kind words about our reviews.

      ~ Jenn

  2. I just got done reading a book by JD Robb (Nora Roberts) As far as typos go, wouldn’t you think that if any book isn’t going ot have any it would be a big 5 published book? I was told a long time ago that 6 typos per 90k is an acceptable loss. That said, it did jump out at me when I saw, “I wanted whale on him.” Did it detract from the story, hell no. I am the typo queen, and my editor is a saint with everything she catches for me. But face it we miss things. Everyone does. In the review group I run, I see this all too often, folks trash someones work, forgetting what it’s like to be on the author end of the process.

    And if I missed saying THANK YOU FOR YOUR REVIEWS OF MY BOOKS< here it is!

    • SRHowen,
      It’s great to know I’m not the only one who notices this and its a breath of fresh air to know someone else shares your opinions.

      Oh, and I’m pretty sure you said thank you on one of your many books I reviewed…lol. By the way, anything new? ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Sarah_Madison

    Great post! One of the things I’m often asked to do when I host someone one my website is to include a book review–and more and more often, my response is “I’m not a book reviewer.” Because I think that is an art form, just like writing the story, or making outstanding covers, or bringing precision to editing. I think it’s best if I leave those jobs up to the people who do them better than I can–and concentrate on what I do well myself.

    I try my best to respond to reviews, but sometimes my stories are sent to reviewers without my knowledge, and it is only if I have the Google Alert turned on that I ever find out about them! Also, as someone else said, there is this whole ‘don’t wake the sleeping dog’ mentality stemming from Goodreads where the author must never acknowledge a review, good or bad, because Goodreads is not about authors.

    I find that mentality hard to understand. I love getting emails and positive responses from readers. I’m grown up enough to leave a friendly response to a less-than-stellar review (particularly if it is well constructed and I can learn something from it). And I can usually spot a troll at a distance. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I confess, I did turn off the Google Alerts for a while when some stinging reviews took the wind out of my sails. But I guess it’s time to turn them back on if I’m missing nice reviews that I don’t even know about!

    • Sarah,
      I understand about taking criticism. I know I’m not the only one who thinks ‘WTH? or Seriously?’ and then respond a nice ‘Thank you for your review’. The good thing about reading other people’s reviews on a book I loved is that I also get to see all the DNF reviews or the 1 stars and that made it easier to take other’s opinions about my work because even though I know we all have different opinions it’s there that I see them most.

  4. If I’m contacted directly and told about a review, I’d always say thanks but otherwise, I’d say nothing. I’m wary of interfering in something that should be a dialogue between reviewer and reader unless I’m encouraged to take part in discussions – which I’m happy to do but seems to be a no-no.
    As for cum – come – it’s up to the publishers! Whatever house style they have holds sway and nothing the writer can do so I don’t agree that cum equate to porn. I think that’s unfair. There are lots of words for all things sexual and some are more acceptable than others. I personally don’t like pussy but I don’t like ‘her sex’ either. It’s a minefield!
    I agree about typos. I rarely read any book that’s typo free. I think spell check has a lot to answer for but no matter how many times a manuscript is read, some flipping thing slips through. But too many typos to me says not enough editing. There has to be a balance.
    As for action – whoa – I love action. I WANT things to happen in books I write and books I read. I get bored of just chatter between the protagonists. But yes, you’re right – not action packed but rushed. I suppose it’s the old chestnut – we all like different things.

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