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Do you rate your own books?
« on: September 26, 2013, 09:36:15 AM »
I can't bring myself to rate my own books (Goodreads). I just find it unethical somehow (IMHO!!!). What's your take on this?  ???

 
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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 09:42:33 AM »
Good. Don't do it.

Never rate/review your own work.

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 09:42:58 AM »
No. No. No.

And no.

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 09:48:15 AM »
I put mine on a "stuff I wrote" shelf but I don't rate them.

Maybe I shouldn't even do that.

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 09:49:03 AM »
Good. Don't do it.

Never rate/review your own work.

This. This. This.

The reason it feels unethical is because it is. Goodreads lets you add a book to your Read shelf (or whatever other shelf) without rating it.
         

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2013, 09:50:01 AM »
I put mine on a "stuff I wrote" shelf but I don't rate them.

Maybe I shouldn't even do that.

I think that's what most of us do. I certainly wouldn't rate my own books. I'm too much of a critic....

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2013, 10:02:43 AM »
I'm holding out for a TEN-STAR rating system. I mean, go big or stay home - right?

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Until then, I don't rate my books.

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2013, 10:05:53 AM »
I add my books as "read" and to my "my own books" shelves (mostly because it's easier to find them for lists that way).

I would never rate my own book and I know authors who have had bad reviews for having rated their own books.
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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2013, 10:06:25 AM »
Well now I feel bad. I totally rated myself and gave it 5 stars. I did put it on a shelf (authored by me)...I do love those books though.  ;) Not sure if this has helped or hindered me since I can't say I've achieved even mediocre success. At the time, I looked at it like a job interview; if someone asked me whether I thought my work was good, I would respond that it was great! Of course, given the fact that I've self-published it may imply that I already think it's great. After reading what others before me have said, I guess I would leave it to others to rate you...but wouldn't it be great to see how the greats would rate their own books. Not that I'm a great...maybe just good...at least five stars... ;D

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2013, 10:10:35 AM »
Unethical might be too strong of a word. It's not like you'd hurt anyone's business by rating your own book on Goodreads.
However, I don't see the point. What would rating one's own books accomplish?
I know plenty of people who do though. It's never bothered me.

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2013, 10:11:29 AM »
Looks like we are all on the same page (har har). My books are marked as Read and on the "Books I wrote" shelf w/o a rating from me. :)


 
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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2013, 10:12:07 AM »
I haven't rated any of my titles on Goodreads, and (with apologies to those authors who do, including at least one friend of mine!) I cringe a little when I see that an author has rated their own work.

I just shelve mine unrated under 'read' and 'books written by me'.

By the way, it's possible to remove a rating on Goodreads if you've done it and now want to undo it!   :)

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2013, 10:15:31 AM »
Nope.

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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2013, 10:19:13 AM »
I don't think it's prohibited, but it's certainly frowned upon by most GR members, so I'd steer clear of reviewing/rating your own work.


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Re: Do you rate your own books?
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2013, 10:22:43 AM »
I wouldn't rate my books on Goodreads or anywhere either.

I don't think it's necessarily unethical, though, since author ratings and reviews are marked as such on the site. It would certainly be unethical for authors to rate their own books from a separate account, but that's not what we're talking about (I hope). Goodreads policy allows authors to rate their own books and readers can see whether or not an author has done so.

So, unethical? Not so much, IMO.

But still I wouldn't. The reasons: First off, I don't think self-rating my works are going to boost my sales in any meaningful way. Second, many readers probably do think that authors rating their own books is unethical, and I wouldn't want to risk that image. Third and most importantly, I want an honest appraisal of my works, and rating my own books would mess with the numbers.
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