Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Book Reviews on

Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Book Reviews on Independent Authors [BOOKS] ✯ Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Book Reviews on Independent Authors Author James M. Lowrance – Thomashillier.co.uk In this ebook approx , words in length , I address and discuss unfairly unfavorable book reviews that are posted against independent indie author s books and ebooks and not those that are earned and d In this ebook approx , words in length Unfairly Unfavorable ePUB ´ , I address and discuss unfairly unfavorable book reviews that are posted against independent indie author s books and ebooks and not those that are earned and deserved by them Some of the content in this ebook, I have Effects of PDF/EPUB or derived from posts I made on a publisher s forum, which I have rewritten and edited into headings for this ebook The fact that undeserved negative reviews are posted online by readers on bookseller websites, is evident by the fact that same books at the same time, can of Unfairly Unfavorable eBook ✓ have highly favorable and positive reviews posted for them by other readers Taken from description provided by the author at.


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  1. Christine Christine says:

    Review amended on 12 7 12Disclaimer I belong to a group that discusses authors who behave badly I have written negative reviews of books including big name publishers and indies I have even warned readers not to buy a book I will even admit that a few of my reviews might be considered harsh.This was a freebie onwhich was the only reason I read it I do believe, however, that one should always examine both sides of the issue.I was giving this two stars because I do agree with some Review amended on 12 7 12Disclaimer I belong to a group that discusses authors who behave badly I have written negative reviews of books including big name publishers and indies I have even warned readers not to buy a book I will even admit that a few of my reviews might be considered harsh.This was a freebie onwhich was the only reason I read it I do believe, however, that one should always examine both sides of the issue.I was giving this two stars because I do agree with some basically two points that Lowrance makes but see below The first is that I really don t understand why people complain about the price of kindle books If you think it is too expensive, don t buy it It s different, I will admit, if you pay for it and it stinks, but if the only reason why you gave it two stars is the price, well Two, I will admit that there must be some reviewers out there who do go out and try to attack a book simply because of they want to promote thier own beloved author However, it is unclear how many reviewers actually do this I also don t have a problem with friends of an author reviewing the author s book as long as they are open about it in the review To be fair, Lowrance does not seem to endorse the use of sock puppets.However,I have some problems with Mr Lowrance s thesis The first is primaray the lack of support Now, granted this might have to do with copyright issues, I don t know But Mr Lowrance mentions negative reviews that comment on his work In particular, he mentions a review that misrepresents what he wrote This may be true, but I have to wonder why Mr Lowrance quoted neither the review nor his own work I think I found the review Mr Lowrance was writing about and it doesn t look that bad And if it is the same review, Mr Lowrance might have misrepesented the title He also goes into detail about a review from a blogger about one his bible books He says what the reviewer said, no quotes the reviewer thought the Mr Lowrance quoted too much from the King James Bible and that there were errors Mr Lowrance states that after reading the review he ran the eformat of the book though Spellcheck and found no errors I hate to break to you world, but Spellcheck is not very good and is hardly proof of perfection Additionally, if it was fine, why did it need to be tweaked If Mr Lowrance feels that the overuse of the Bible complaint is too much perhaps he should have said how much of the Bible he quoted Quite frankly, if I paid money for something that was largely quotes from a book I already had, and I did not know this when I brought it, I would be peeved When confronted with bad reviews about his own books, Mr Lowrance points out how many positive reviews he has recieved, and which come, unlike those negative reviews, from good and highly intelligent reviewers It is unclear in most of these cases how Mr Lowrance is sure that these people are such Again support would be nice Finally, with the expection of two minor examples in the beginning, every single example is of a bad review on a work of Mr Lowrance While I might agree that on bookselling website like , reviews of a book that clearly show the writer has not read the book should be removed, I don t see how you can do that and I don t agree it should be done in anyway on a site like Goodreads And what counts as having read the book anyway If I read 5% of a kindle book and have to stop because it is so full of errors, do I still have the right to leave a review according to Mr Lowrance It wouldn t seem so Further, the idea of not allowing a review until after the first 3 6 months that a book has been out is laughable.But most distrubing to me is the idea of the judge in the forms of a seller Who judges if a negative review goes overboard What extactly is overboard Mr Lowrance offers one extreme example and then suggests booksellers de facto censor overly negative reviews as well as bad books Considering how many people think 50 Shades of Grey is a bad book, would a bookseller have to forbid that series Who is the judge here The bookseller, the author According to Mr Lowrance a review that says the book isn t worth the cost, is a review that is too mean Well, you know what the last book I read that wasn t worth the cost was a book I got for free not this one I liked other works by the same publishing group, but that one book was not worth the cost because it was WRONG Sometimes it is true that the book is rubbish and the price is too high Further, sometimes the reader cannot figure out why the book lacks, but know the book lacks There is nothing wrong with saying so Lastly, Mr Lowrance seems to believe that the format of an ebook is an unimportant factor that should not carry much weight in a review Quite frankly, that s stupid Formatting and grammar makes things easier to read It s true that some formatting mistakes are not the fault of the author, but the would be reader should know about them I read a Holocaust memoir that was full of kindle formatting errors Full of them I m not suppose to mention that in the review I m not suppose to consider the fact that it distrubed the reading process No, sorry I don t buy that Formatting counts BTW Did I miss something Lowrance implies that booksellers will refund money if a reader buys a book and doesn t like it When did this happen Yeah, didn t think it did So, this book, which does have typos, actually doesto disprove the idea than anything else I was going to give two stars, but knocked it down to one because of the too in your face advertisments for his other books I know its his book and he can do product placement, but it doesn t look good in a book about such a subject This is really 1 and a half stars I have scratched that rating because of comments that Mr Lowrance posted about reviews of this book on sites other than Goodreads Amended on 12 14 12.My change of rating has nothing to do with other reviews In short, I will say that the rating was changed because while Mr Lowrance has been extact in reporting what some reviews say, he has not been so extact in other cases This makes his claims of bad reviews somewhat suspect Despite what some people have claimed, the disclaimer at the beginning of this review has only been used by me It applies only to this one review and is simply stating any biases I have that can be seen as influencing my view of the book As anyone who has attended a college level writing course knowns, misrepresenting, mis paraphrasing, or mis quoting what someone says delibrately is wrong It is a mistake that earns a paper a failing grade With the disclaimer, I was trying to be as fair and alert readers of the review to my bias


  2. Stefani Stefani says:

    Even the title of this boggles my mind, it might actually be longer than the ebook itself An ebook about unfair negative reviews Really The synopsis contradicts itself, which makes the entire thing hypocritical.Example 1While these methods can work well, as long as reviewers are being completely honest with their reviews, bookseller websites should also make sure that they have adequate moderation in place for review submissions and they should screen out those that meet the definition fo Even the title of this boggles my mind, it might actually be longer than the ebook itself An ebook about unfair negative reviews Really The synopsis contradicts itself, which makes the entire thing hypocritical.Example 1While these methods can work well, as long as reviewers are being completely honest with their reviews, bookseller websites should also make sure that they have adequate moderation in place for review submissions and they should screen out those that meet the definition for containing attack or spam elements within them and those that simply go overboard in the negative direction One paragraph laterAgain, I am not advocating the censorship of negative reviews that are deserved but against those that are obviously not deserved Uh, you just did say that bookseller websites should moderate reviews that are just too mean That is called.censoring.Example 2This type of contrast proves that reviews are not always a matter of fact but also a matter of taste A negative perception of a written work can be held by only a small percent of readers, while a positive perception by the majority and vice versaYes and that is called an opinionand no, you can t censor out the negative onesThe problem for books that are truly worthwhile and worth the price they are listed for, is that an undeserved negative review can often be the first one that appears on a book published by an indie author And since it was so eloquently put that it s a matter of taste , then that is not the problem of the reviewer is it Example 3Any books or ebooks that are worthy of highly unfavorable reviews that are fairly written, should never have been approved for listing by reputable booksellers to begin with and by allowing these on their websites, they are in essence admitting to approving trash titles for sale Right, and who is checking all the books to make sure they don t suck No one But it s a matter of taste isn t it So, then there isn t such a thing as a trash title , rightThis is the reason stricter guidelines for reviews should be in place, to prevent improper perceptions from being formed by the book shopping public, toward reputable booksellers and toward the independent authors and publishers they represent Oh, I see, we re going to censor reviews so that booksellers get a better reputation for not putting out crappy books.I can t even follow the logic in the synopsis I don t even want to consider trying to unravel the logic in the whole thing Perhaps this book puts forth the theory that readers are just too stupid to look through reviews and determine which ones are assessments they agree with I dunno


  3. Rose Rose says:

    Initial thoughts There s a bit to say about James M Lowrance s Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Reviews on Independent Authors I actually took about 45 minutes to peruse this 6,000 word opinion piece, and I m still meditating over some of the things I could say about it There are perhaps one or two notations I could see a point with, but in the collective scheme of things this is an opinion piece that doesn t really provide an objective viewpoint of its respective subject, nor provide any Initial thoughts There s a bit to say about James M Lowrance s Effects of Unfairly Unfavorable Reviews on Independent Authors I actually took about 45 minutes to peruse this 6,000 word opinion piece, and I m still meditating over some of the things I could say about it There are perhaps one or two notations I could see a point with, but in the collective scheme of things this is an opinion piece that doesn t really provide an objective viewpoint of its respective subject, nor provide any feasible or rational realistic solutions to its matter at all I didn t like the us versus them tone of it if it s meant to be an informative and suggestive piece My collective impressions are that it doesn t do much to inform as much as it is a self defense and the suggested implementations on his behalf would do nothing but harm.Full review First thing I want to point out before I start this review is that this was very much a spontaneous read I saw that someone had reviewed it in my feed, looked at the title, read it mostly for curosity s sake and for the fact it was 6,000 words, among other reasons As much as I found myself very much at odds with the title and premise mentally I find myself, as someone who s worked in research, wanting to cut that title down to size and amend it to something farobjective and less heavy with bias If this were a title for a potential research article, it would not be given a second glance Unfairly Unfavorable The Unfairly shows the bias right off the bat I wasn t so much upset as I read this as much as I m frustrated that this actually tries to pass itself off as a legitimate argument of its respective subject matter I did read it, I spent a good 45 minutes on combing through this free kindle read, which is probably a lottime than most people would before going Seriously, this book does not know what it s talking about But I knew what I was getting into, and read it anyway.On a personal note I write reviews on books of many different walks and genres, it s not something I think twice about in terms of the process because I ve been doing it for so many years I m a reader as much as I am a writer the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive or separate spheres My opinion stands as my opinion, it s left up to those that peruse those opinions as to what they do with a work following reading that review It s a form of expression, take or leave I talk about my reading experiences openly and honestly, and I have no qualms about doing so in the way that best encompasses that experience I think the same can be said for many readers, and I think the vast majority of writers understand that.One thing that I was always taught coming up through school is that no two people read or interpret a book the same way, and no one collectively speaking has the same reading experience I had many people in my life telling me that from former teachers to the librarians I used to sit with during my lunch hours asking what titles to pull from the shelves and which to put back There s no wrong way to reflect on those experiences, and to try to control that really represents a suppression of knowledge and connectivity that comes with the freedoms that we have.That said, let me address the complete and utter offense that is Mr Lowrance s book I m not going to go into too much detail with it, but just give an overview of some of the things he discusses and give two cents about it.The one thing I would say that Lowrance touches on that I did see a point to was on commercial bookseller sites where reviews are left for the books in question, reflections that are chiefly customer service complaints are misplaced in those spaces The I m giving this 1 star because it s cover was worn off when I received it or I never received it at all or I m giving this 1 star because the price is too high They re proper commentary in themselves and could be taken as assessments, but not meant in review spaces meant for the assessment of the work itself, and I can see that point My argument is that there s a need for mediation to place those comments in their own spaces and separate them from content based reviews, and that s its own issue that can be reasonably moderated with due care in a feasible spectrum.However, Lowrance s claims about legitimate versus non legitimate negative reviews are without merit for the fact that there s no qualitative quantitative measure to determine what he s supposed to claim as a legitimate review How would you measure something like that, when reviews in themselves are individual experiences expressed by a book s consumer base Authors, whether self published, with an independent publisher, or with a big name publisher, are required to know their markets and know that even in spite of criticisms that may exist in the market, to let the work sell itself That s the terms of the profession It s not an easy industry, and for someone writing in this spectrum, Lowrance s assesments are quite out of touch He not only creates and contributes to a very toxic view of reader writer relations which are farcomplex than he approaches it , but also completely misses the mark of understanding that reviews in themselves don t necessarily contribute to the success failure of a published work or body of works They can help hurt, but it s not always predictable, even when you get down to the individual tone of a review positive or negative what that effect will be.I thought about quoting specific passages one by one and knocking them down for how ludicrous they come across, but that goes beyond a scope of what I can personally do in this respective review What I can say is that in my experience as a reviewer and aspiring writer, I have seen especially this year instances where there have been attempts at dishonest ways of gaming the system in the promotion or demotion of published works on multiple levels Enforcing selective censorship of reviews isn t the way to resolve this problem Nor is pointing fingers and laying blame on a single party he seems to think this is a reviewer only problem and that authors somehow need protection from a so called majority of negative reviewers that he deems as trolls No, I think this iscomplex of an issue than that.I think it sfeasible to rather increase awareness of personal responsibility and tolerance of opinion By understanding both authorial and reader reviewer dimensions especially by recognizing the two are not mutually exclusive and educating people about and knocking down the abuses we see sockpuppeting, authors who attack threaten intimidate reviewers, reviewers who attack threaten intimidate other reviewers for their opinions whether positive or negative, etcI wouldn t recommend reading or abiding by the measures suggested by Lowrance here at all Apart from the few decent points, this wasn t worth the read.Overall score 0.5 5


  4. Misfit Misfit says:

    Any books or ebooks that are worthy of highly unfavorable reviews that are fairly written, should never have been approved for listing by reputable booksellers to begin with and by allowing these on their websites, they are in essence admitting to approving trash titles for salenuff said.I obtained my copy when offered as a freebie on .


  5. ♡Karlyn P♡ ♡Karlyn P♡ says:

    Full Review to come maybe , but in short this was 40 pages of an author whining about reviewers Despite some truth to what he shows in examples, there is nothing new or insightful with his findings There are no reasonable solutions offered either, just a lot of sweeping comments likeshouldn t allow or reviewers should never about certain reviews he found objectionable In truth, many of those examples are not allowed Just report them But others are far too difficult to m Full Review to come maybe , but in short this was 40 pages of an author whining about reviewers Despite some truth to what he shows in examples, there is nothing new or insightful with his findings There are no reasonable solutions offered either, just a lot of sweeping comments likeshouldn t allow or reviewers should never about certain reviews he found objectionable In truth, many of those examples are not allowed Just report them But others are far too difficult to measure, and his call to remove these reviews is only meant to put balm on an authors hurt feelings He propses doing away with honest reviews that he deems to be too negative And while he might find supporters, defining which reviews are too negative would be highly subjective I will agree with him on the point that some reviews are harsh and ugly and fail to add even one possitive comment, but as long as they review the book, review sites will not delete or ban the reviewer simply because they hurt an authors feelings And how would one even define and draw the line for these reviews What defines acceptable Who would get to play the rule maker in deciding which of these reviews should be deleted Whose moral compass must reviewers follow You won t find any good answers in this book Bottom line, this book read like an author who just needed to vent about his bad reviews, and by doing so ended up with a long blog post he decided to just publish as a book instead I was hoping for something insightful, but after reading it I failed to see why anyone would want to pay to read this But if you want to read about an authors total dismay with the review system in a pain stakingly wordy tomb, this is your book


  6. Kala Kala says:

    an undeserved negative review can often be the first one that appears on a book published by an indie authorit can also cause satisfied readers to be reluctant to add their own positive reviews Where is the proof of this I have never ever liked a book and been afraid to post a positive review because there were negative reviews on the same books sometimes even posted by my friends This statement is a bunch of bullshit that the author made up without having any proof whatsoever to backan undeserved negative review can often be the first one that appears on a book published by an indie authorit can also cause satisfied readers to be reluctant to add their own positive reviews Where is the proof of this I have never ever liked a book and been afraid to post a positive review because there were negative reviews on the same books sometimes even posted by my friends This statement is a bunch of bullshit that the author made up without having any proof whatsoever to back it up withAny books or ebooks that are worthy of highly unfavorable reviews that are fairly written, should never have been approved for listing by reputable booksellers to begin with and by allowing these on their websites, they are in essence admitting to approving trash titles for sale Uh, what Sites likejust act as a middle man, providing the indie author a way to make their book available to the customer Is this author expecting someone atto sit there and read every single indie book to determine whether or not it s trash If that was the case, this book would never have been published in reference to hit reviews, or reviews that this author deems unfairly unfavorableHow do I know this actually happens Because I have seen horrible, attack reviews toward books I have purchased and read, that were simply wonderful reads Hey author, just because YOU liked a book doesn t mean everyone in the world will like it I might hate it I might hate it enough to want to post a scathing 1 star review on it because I spent MY money on it and I m mad that I wasted that moneyIn one review I have seen online, a customer uses the heading Don t waste your money , in regard to an ebook they had read The reviewer then goes on to name other author s books of the same genre, adding to it that customers should buy those books This not only is inappropriate but is also categorically spam Uh, maybe that reviewer thought the book was terrible and is trying to HELP customers by giving them other options that they feel are better There is nothing inappropriate about this unless the review was written by an author of one of those other booksA customer registering a profile to add only one review in a 2 year period This in itself should send up a red flag to bookseller websites Correct It should This happens with people making fake profiles to write POSITIVE reviews WAY WAY WAYoften than negative reviews But I don t see this author making a big stink about all the shill positive reviews Passage is too long to quote in its entirety, but author basically states that he was mad about a customer posting a negative review who hadn t read his book Author calls up the company to complain about the review Company tells author to get people to post positive reviews to offset it Author then explains why he just HAS to get his friends and family to post fake positive reviews on his books becauseIf we wait for a random reader to post a positive review with a higher star rating deserved by an ebook or book, it could take a lengthy period of time for one to appear and possibly one will never appear In the mean time, the undeserved negative ones can deter customers from ordering our titles So basically, this author is stating that people posting undeserved negative reviews are bad But people posting undeserved positive reviews are fine It s perfectly okay to solicit your family members to write you positive reviews that you DID NOT DESERVE On book bloggersTo start with, anyone who dedicates a website to reviewing books should literally be a professional about itHe then goes on to complain about one book blogger who called him out for grammatical errors There is absolutely nothing here that says the blogger was unprofessional The blogger stated that his book was full of grammatical errors and gave examples After reading this book, I can understand why This book is also full of grammatical errors, including tons of hideously misplaced commas and run on sentencesI absolutely feel the meaning expressed in ebook content is of farimportance than is the precise formatting Other people may feel differently They have a right to have this opinion They have a right to express this opinion in the form of a negative review if your book is full of errors I could go on, but I m getting bored and the author keeps saying the same things over and over It s a 6000 word emo rant by an author who is upset that he got a few bad reviews that he feels are undeserved Terrible book Terrible author Will not be buying any of his books Ever


  7. David David says:

    I have four words for Mr Lowrance Harden the fuck up I have four words for Mr Lowrance Harden the fuck up


  8. Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] Ruby Tombstone [With A Vengeance] says:

    The fact that undeserved negative reviews are posted online by readers on bookseller websites, is evident by the fact that same books at the same time, can have highly favorable and positive reviews posted for them by other readers That s not so much evidence of unfair reviews as people having independent thoughts and opinions Even if all reviews were to be expected to say the same thing, who s to say the negative ones must be the fakes anyway Personally, I d be FARsuspicious of anThe fact that undeserved negative reviews are posted online by readers on bookseller websites, is evident by the fact that same books at the same time, can have highly favorable and positive reviews posted for them by other readers That s not so much evidence of unfair reviews as people having independent thoughts and opinions Even if all reviews were to be expected to say the same thing, who s to say the negative ones must be the fakes anyway Personally, I d be FARsuspicious of any positive reviews for books by a writer like this


  9. Sharon Desruisseaux Sharon Desruisseaux says:

    This book offers great advice for authors and should be used in reference due to the horrible troll crisis out there It is always good to research any issue one might encounter It is sad how people can knock someone down for gaining insight I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource on that matter for its ability to give encouragement for those who encounter the matter Bad reviews are one thing Something that every author must face when their works are in the public light This boo This book offers great advice for authors and should be used in reference due to the horrible troll crisis out there It is always good to research any issue one might encounter It is sad how people can knock someone down for gaining insight I highly recommend this book as a valuable resource on that matter for its ability to give encouragement for those who encounter the matter Bad reviews are one thing Something that every author must face when their works are in the public light This book explores the toxicity of the troll attack when a good book is attacked for no other reason than for someone s malicious entertainment at the expense of an author This is a horrible and growing trend onand Goodreads This is not against the reviewer at all but merely a way of coping with this toxic trend of trolling


  10. Selena Selena says:

    I read a few reviews for this book, and none of them are good.


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