I notice a lot of authors have read their own books, which I did too when it was published and given them a five star rating. I hesitate to do this for the reason that because i wrote something that I personally like, it does not mean everyone else will, plus it seems a bit over the top for me. I do not judge any one else's desire to give them selves a 5***** rating, because in one case I firmly agreed. But I did not rate my book because I did not write it for that reason. I wrote it for Phantom lovers in the hopes that what I felt would be felt by them also. In most cases it was, but a couple disagreed which is their choice.I feel that most people will realize that I did like what I wrote or i would not have gone to the pains and expense of self-publication.
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message 1: by Terri (new)

Terri This is highly commendable.
If there is one thing that Goodreads members hate, it is authors rating their own books 5 stars.
I think it is, as you say, obvious that authors like their own book. That is a given. They do not need to give it a 5 star rating in order to bump their average up.
They should rely on readers to do the rating and if the book really is that good, then they'll get 5 stars the honest way.

message 2: by Anne (new)

Anne Thank you, Terri. It has always seemed wrong to do, not just because I am a Christian, but because it looks like conceit.
The publisher made some errors in spite of my editing(I do have a good eye) and several readers panned it because of that. I am currently reworking to put it on Kindle. Hopefully more will read it as the book price is a bit steep, and I plan to make the Kindle price much cheaper.
You are the first one to comment, and I appreciate it very much.

message 3: by Terri (new)

Terri You are welcome. When I saw you condemn self rating I had to show support. It is often mentioned in groups how conceited or (gosh..I lack the right word) it is to give oneself 5 stars.
I do feel that is for readers to decide not authors.

There is also another situation going around on Goodreads.
The books publishers doing the rating and review. I find that simply without class.

message 4: by Susana (new)

Susana Ellis I think it's unethical for an author to review or rank his/her own books. Period.

message 5: by [deleted user] (last edited May 17, 2013 05:10AM) (new)

I did not know authors did that! It never crossed my mind.

message 6: by Lilo (new)

Lilo I agree. Rating your own book is ridiculous.

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