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 to 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) 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!