Is there censorship between fellow authors and the book reviews we give each other? Sadly, I have to say, yes there is.
I recently had another tiff with an author over a book review I gave her. I praised her book, in fact, I really liked it. But, I didn’t give it the 5 stars it deserved due to numerous editing/proofreading errors, which I stated in my review. She told me I was assassinating her and her book, and I didn’t support the Indie Community.
Well, let’s see. I set up my blog to do nothing BUT support the Indie Community. I promote other author’s books over mine. So, no, that’s just a line of BS. What it is, is CENSORSHIP.
See, her book already had over 10 reviews, all 5 stars and most by other authors. And that was her point, her follow authors gave her 5 stars, and they never mentioned anything about the problems I so wrongfully accused her book of. She also said I was undermining her marketing strategy.
Did not her friends see the same glaring problems? And if they did, and never mentioned them to her, isn’t that worse than not knowing, and having your readers ding you for the error’s your supposed friends didn’t want to tell you about? So, who is undermining whose marketing strategy?
I was going to ignore this whole issue and take the high ground. But this isn’t the first time I’ve been raked over the coals for expressing my honest opinion in my book reviews.
I’ve been told I’m supposed to take notes, and them PM the authors with the errors. This is my stance: when I’m reading for pleasure, it’s not my JOB to take notes. I am not the editor/proofreader. If I have to take notes, I’m not reading your book. Once an author pushes the PUBLISH button, anything wrong with the book is their fault, no one else’s.
Errors happen, as I am so abundantly aware from my own books. The Secret of Excalibur has been plagued with them, and I have once again, hired another proofreader to correct them. That’s why the second book in the series, The Revenge of Excalibur, will be as perfect as I can get it before submitting to my publisher. In fact, I’ve paid for another round of editing.
What makes me really sad is I know authors who have almost given up on reviewing books from other authors, as they’ve run across this same type of censorship. Not only do they get yelled at, they have to worry about retaliation against one of their own books. I’ve had that happen to me with a book I gave 3 stars, and the author turned around and changed her 5 star on my book to a 1 star. How childish is that? So they either don’t review at all, or they only give 5 star reviews, and don’t mention anything negative about the book. How is that beneficial to the author or the readers?
It’s not fair to the reader to see nothing but glowing reviews, then to buy the book, read it and find errors and a bad story. All that does is lead to a really bad review, and bad mouthing of your book to their friends. One thing I’ve learned since I started publishing, people will leave a bad review before they leave a good one. I think it must be human nature. So, how does that help your marketing strategy? It makes no sense to me, at all.