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Writers' Cafe / Re: A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:29:35 PM »
My suppositions are based on the fact that I have a past marked by people heavily attacking me for many reasons, i.e. when I created a web page talking about the absurdity of racism against blacks. I could give you numerous similar examples.

I also know my book’s content. I believe I can understand when a reader writes a review after reading it.

I don't want to discuss if these reviews were unfair or not because this topic is vast and nobody here seems to believe that they could be false.

All authors are exposed to unfair attacks. I'm not the only one. With this book about serious reviews written by responsible authors I was trying to find a way to stop depending on the reviews written by anonymous aggressors.

However, this was not a good idea.

Most people believe that the negative reviews are the only ones they can trust. This is a consequence of the various fake reviews written by various authors about their own books. The public doesn’t believe that positive reviews can be trusted. They look for the negative ones first of all.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 15, 2014, 02:56:13 PM »
Hey!  I got a +1!!! :)


Christina, it's a shame that you focus obsess on the few 1 to 3 star reviews you've received and ignore the others.  What are the others, chopped liver?

The problem is that 2 of these reviews were written by my competitors. I’m more than sure of this fact, but this is something I cannot prove. Both were posted exactly after my free promotion through KDP Select. My book was at the top and I started selling it, but exactly then I got these two offensive reviews, which were not about the book’s content. Then, my enemies and their friends clicked on the ‘helpful’ tab under their negative reviews numerous times to make them stand up.

Whoever cares about my book, immediately finds the worst reviews first of all. These reviews make them give up and look for another book. Even if they read the positive reviews, they don't believe that they are reflecting the truth about my book after reading the worst ones.

I saw very clearly that if someone wants to cause damages to a Kindle author, they only have to write negative reviews about his/her book without explaining why, or justifying their opinion with false statements.

I was attached many, many times online since 2007. I'm used with attacks because I deal with mental health, human rights, and social problems. I always answer all offensive comments under my articles or in forums, websites, etc., but these reviews are different.

I cannot defend myself without seeming to be unprofessional because the public doesn’t know that these reviews are based on false statements, and there is no way I can prove their dishonesty. This is why I was so upset.

Never mind, my second book will show a lot more to the public.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 15, 2014, 01:18:38 PM »
Right now I’m improving my new book. I guess that this is the best way to ‘respond’ to offensive reviews.

The battle in the Kindle marketplace gave me a very good idea to make my second book more appealing.

Thank you for your replies!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Kboards needs a like or thank you button
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:34:36 PM »
I like the idea of a ‘thank you’ button, or a ‘like’ button.

In one of my favorite forums they have a thank you button. We use it to thank the poster for the helpful information, and everyone can see how many thanks every member receives. This way we can easily identify the users who post helpful information.

Is it competitive? Yes, it is for some people. However, most members are indifferent to this matter.

I always click on the thank you button whenever I find good answers because they are helpful, intelligent, or funny.

This is also a good way to show to those who write something for me in a thread that I read their answer, and I’m grateful because they answered my question, even when I don't reply.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 14, 2014, 06:06:15 PM »
That is what a review is - simply a reader's opinion.

How would you expect readers to access these "books" of reviews about books?  Would we first need to buy a book of reviews to properly understand a book and then buy the book itself?  Are you talking about a Cliff Notes version of a book full of other subjective opinions of the content?

You don't have much faith in the intelligence of readers who are not authors, do you?

The book with reviews has to be free, of course.

I believe that the most interesting part of this book would be the discussion with the reviewers.

If I was interested on buying a book I would read all the information I could find about it. Some people may do the same.

When I said that readers merely write their opinion I didn't have the intention to underestimate their intelligence. I had the intention to show that they don't analyze the book in their review. They write reviews saying if they liked or not the book, without analyzing the reasons why they came to this conclusion.

Of course, their opinion is valid and helpful – when they are sincere, but their review doesn’t help other readers understand the book’s content. A detailed review focusing on the most important aspects of the book could be better for those who want to learn more before buying it.

On the other hand, the authors who will review the book will have to be sincere, since their reviews won't be anonymous like many of the reviews posted on Amazon. Anyone can write a review with a pen name without assuming any responsibility for their words.

Perhaps some readers would like to have the alternative to read detailed reviews written by other writers instead of reading only the reviews posted on Amazon.

Writers' Cafe / Re: A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:10:06 PM »
Reviewers almost always write the reviews they should write, because a review is merely supposed to be someone's opinion about a product; describing the important aspects of the book is the author's job when they write their blurb.  The value of a book is different for every reader and they can express that in their reviews.  The assumption that writers can analyze a book better than anyone else is asinine and would offend quite a few serious readers or scholars.  As far as your idea, I think your time would be better spent marketing your own book elsewhere or working on another one.  From some of your recent posts, it seems you have an unhealthy obsession with reviews and the unfairness of them.  This is something I would work on letting go of because it is simply not worth the stress.  Best of luck.

I was sure that someone would mention the fact that I'm caring about reviews because I’m trying to understand how this system works.

I can see that it is a battle. I never had to deal with a system like that before.

About my next book, I already wrote it, but I had to care about other matters and I didn't have the chance to improve it. Of course writing more is essential.

My second book became too long. I have to rewrite and simplify many parts. This is another reason why I'm caring about other matters for a while.

Writers' Cafe / A book with reviews about your book
« on: February 14, 2014, 03:42:18 PM »
Of course you know the importance of reviews. You probably also know that many reviews are unfair for various reasons. Perhaps you also feel that nobody (or almost nobody) writes the review they should write about your book. Even when they write positive 5 stars reviews, they simply write their opinion.

Of course you would be happier if they would talk about the important aspects of the book instead of merely talking about their impressions, or about insignificant and obvious aspects of the book.

I thought that perhaps we could write a book with reviews about a certain book, with around five authors making questions to the author and discussing various aspects of the book, after writing their review.

I had a discussion here sometime ago about a review exchange made by authors. An author said that it would be legal, but ‘unethical’. I disagree with this point of view. I believe that writers can analyze a book better than anyone else.

This way, the public would have the chance to evaluate a book based on intelligent reviews written by reviewers who really read the book, and who were really trying to understand its value for the reader.

And all authors will also promote their own books when they will write their reviews about another book…

Of course, the authors who will review the book must be able to analyze the book with a friendly and helpful attitude.

Your thoughts?

Writers' Cafe / Re: I detest editing! How do you make it easier?
« on: February 14, 2014, 01:35:50 AM »
It’s better to rewrite the confusing paragraphs in better terms separately, in a white document, and then link these paragraphs to the book, instead of rewriting this part in the same page.

You save time because you don't get distracted by the continuation. You concentrate your attention only on the problematic parts.

It’s a good idea to abandon the book for a long time, work on another project, and then read it again. You have to improve it many times before sending it to your editor.

Think about your book whenever you have the chance. You will find better solutions after thinking more about certain parts.

Don't be impatient. You will waste more time if you will work under pressure than if you will work slowly and really concentrated on what you are doing.

Writers' Cafe / Re: First book promotions
« on: February 13, 2014, 05:48:17 PM »
A promotion through KDP Select is the best method for a new author. Start submitting your free offer two weeks before the day the book will be free.

Try to get reviews from friends before the promotion because many of these sites won’t promote your book if you don't have reviews.

Here is a very helpful link:,146105.0.html

Writers' Cafe / Re: Thanking People for Reviews
« on: February 12, 2014, 03:33:24 PM »
I asked the same question two months ago in this forum, when my book had only positive reviews. I thought that it would be a good idea to talk more about certain parts of the book mentioned in the review after thanking those who had the trouble to write a review, but because of all the reasons already explained in this thread by other authors, I didn't do it.

When my ebook had two very offensive reviews I understood that it would be very dangerous to answer to the reviewers because they could be bribed by my competitors to post these negative reviews, what means that their intention was only to make me stop selling the book. So, if I would respond, they would be even more offensive.

Many authors here believe that the supposition that negative reviews are written by competitors is false. Other authors in other forums already know that this is a fact.

In any case, I’m only mentioning this aspect to give you a general image about what happens with the reviews. I don't want to talk about the real reasons why some people post negative reviews. I only want to show you that if someone will write an unfair review about your book, you will be in a bad situation if you will respond.

If you usually respond to all reviews, you will be forced to respond to a very offensive one, and then, have another offensive reply from the reviewer… 

Silence always is the best answer. Let the reviewers comfortably write whatever they may desire about your book without interfering with their field.

I read that many authors who were not selling their books had success after changing their title.

Here is an interesting tool to help you find good titles for fiction:

Writers' Cafe / Re: Originality is a myth?
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:49:38 AM »
If originality was a myth art wouldn't exist.

The similarity between stories, events, situations, personalities, and other factors doesn’t mean that we cannot talk about originality, but that for unknown reasons this is the historical moment for their formation.

Writers' Cafe / Re: How Valuable is an Original Title?
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:45:08 AM »
I don't like these titles beginning with ‘city’.

I prefer a title like ‘Dark Streets’, or ‘Daily Fear’.

They are related to the city. You can create another type of relationship between your books.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Little surprises!
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:42:03 PM »
It’s really nice to learn that good things happen sometimes.

Congratulations, Neil!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Apology
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:46:06 PM »

All of that said, I think it would be a wonderful idea if somehow we, as a group, could brainstorm a few good ideas on how to get our readers to leave those reviews. I think most people are just as I was - ignorant of their importance.

I read that it is a good idea to ask for a sincere review from your readers in the end of the book and give them your author link, where all your books appear.

This way, you don't need to add the book’s link after publishing it. Your readers can find the book they read in your author page, and leave their review.

Writers' Cafe / Re: I don't know whether this is a good idea or not
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:35:30 PM »
I believe that instead of trying to convince the reviewers to change their negative review by giving them the new version, you should simply mention that this is a ‘new illustrated version’ in the book cover.

On the other hand, if you don't have positive reviews, you can simply upload the book again as if it was a new title and get rid of the old reviews.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Can't we all live in harmony?
« on: February 08, 2014, 02:11:49 PM »
It would be very good if we would help one another.

A forum gives us the alternative to discuss our problems and find solutions together. This is a powerful alternative.

All we need is love.

Writers' Cafe / Re: $0.99 vs. $2.99: An Incomplete Study
« on: February 07, 2014, 11:23:25 PM »
I am super interested in price, particularly where it might hit critical points when a shift in the price tag might lead to a disproportionate response, one way or the other, toward sales. So I spent 2013 and this January experimenting with my books, trying to learn how buying habits react to price. My main area of study was between $0.99 and $2.99, the two most common bargain price points, but recently, I did a little fooling around with $3.99, too.

Anyway, my main conclusion is this: if you've got some visibility (say, your rank is better than #10,000), you'll sell twice as many copies at $0.99 as you will at $2.99.

Thank you for this information!

The Kindle marketplace works based on low prices and high volume sales.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Unclear how to make it smoking hot
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:08:10 PM »
I believe that it would be better if you wouldn’t define the contract. Let the reader imagine many things.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Influx of one-star reviews
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:15:03 PM »
When my book went permafree in May last year, it ended up on ENT. It got 8000 downloads and three 1 star reviews who all complained about some of the subject matter (male rape in a thoroughly corrupt army--the book is dark fantasy).

Last month I was on Bookbub. I got 31000 downloads. Now I have enough reviews to cushion the effect, but I don't think I scored any extra 1 star reviews, although I will probably jinx that by posting here. I don't really look at my reviews just how many there are. If you have more reviews, there will be more bad ones. If I buy  book, I only look at the 1 star reviews. If it's got none, there must be something wrong with the book.

This is the best answer!

Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I respond to this unfair one star review?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:37:58 PM »
I’m sorry for rewriting the review, Betsy. I didn't know I shouldn't do it.

Silence really is the best answer.

Thank you for your replies!

You are wonderful friends because you always answer all questions. This is very nice.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Should I respond to this unfair one star review?
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:03:29 PM »
Thank you all for your replies!

I’m sorry if I keep making questions about reviews. I’m a Kindle newbie…

I make you questions because you are experts and because you answer all questions with generosity. This is one of the best forums I found.

I usually always respond when I have a negative comment from a reader under my articles, but these reviews are totally different from comments under articles.

This review was written based on the reader’s imagination, and not based on the book’s content. The reviewer’s suppositions are very, very absurd.

I believe that it could be written by one of my competitors.

After the free promotion I sold 16 books, but thanks to this very negative review, the sales stopped. I've read many threads with similar statements here.

This means that whenever someone sees their book being threatened by another one, all they have to do is buy the book and then post an unfair negative review… Very simple.

Forgive me if you are reading my words and thinking that I cannot accept the public sincerity. This is not the point. This reviewer didn't write a review based on the book but based on their absurd suppositions after reading two pages.

I personally think that a reasonable person will obviously conclude that their suppositions are based on their imagination, but the public may have a different impression.

Now, I have a question to Monique and Kitten. Why do you believe that the more people who see that review the better?

And, answering to AndreSan, wish my customers would really read everything I write online and better understand my personality.

I really don't feel I should do anything after reading your wise answers to my question. Thank you again for being so generous!

Writers' Cafe / Should I respond to this unfair one star review?
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:44:40 PM »
Here is it:

[Review removed by moderator. Thanks for understanding. --Betsy/KB Mod]

This reader didn't even understand anything about dream therapy and the content of the human brain and psyche… And they exaggerated with their absurd conclusions, without even reading the book. It is a nonfiction book, with many lessons.

There are no contact details in the reviewer’s page, so I cannot contact them privately.

Should I send a message to Amazon complaining about this review with these unfair statements based on the reviewer’s imagination?

Writers' Cafe / Re: So, how do you handle a bad review?
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:28:56 PM »
You're kidding, right?

No, I'm deeply analyzing the human nature.

Most people are not reasonable at all. This is why they like to be cruel.

Writers' Cafe / Re: Should you respond to a review for the wrong book?
« on: February 06, 2014, 07:23:02 PM »
You can also try to privately contact the reviewer by clicking on their name. If they have an email address or a web page where you can contact them in their reviewer page, you can explain the mistake without exposing yourself to the public.

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