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message 1: by J.W. (new)

J.W. Hawkins I've recently been asked to review a book as the author wants more reviews here and on Amazon, so I am reading the book. Yet I cannot possibly give it 3 or more stars without losing my integrity. So I feel I should send a note of constructive criticism, yet the book has so many flaws that I feel the author would probably need to start again.
The story has potential yet the narrative is poorly told and holds no suspense because of the author's annoying habit of telling the reader what will happen before it happens. E.g. "She gave him a sleeping potion so that she could steal the (I won't say what as the author may read this post) as he slept. While he was sleeping she stole the (insert object).
The characters are also very stilted and without any shades of grey, they're all either good or evil and that's pretty much the sum of their definitions. The plot does have some promise, its just that there is a lot of telling and not a lot of showing going on, making it read like something from the old testament 'Methusulah begat Jeremiah whose son was Joshua who then begat... and so on and so forth.'
Anyway how to convey this without seeming mean or disheartening to the author, how to nicely put your 250 or so page book could be good if you started again. Any suggestions?

message 2: by Blair (new)

Blair Howard It's a case of tough love, I think. I would send a detailed email offering your thoughts and suggestions. I would also hold off on the review until you get a reply. If the author is willing to make the changes, fine. If not, you should be mindful of the reader.

message 3: by Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) (last edited Apr 09, 2015 06:47AM) (new)

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) Other people's words can be softer than yours. Try to quote other sources saying the same thing, links to writer advice online, other reviews saying same thing -- more along the lines of here's how readers are going to react versus you being the "bad" guy attacking their writing.

Blair wrote: "..I would also hold off on the review until you get a reply. If the author is willing to make..."

Absolutely not if book is already published. Writers groups and beta readers give constructive criticism so authors can make changes. Reviewers, whether or not emailing author in private to help with future editions, can only review the edition they read. Even if not a consumer/customer/reader review and instead a peer review for a professional review site, organization or publication -- once published, it's published and reviews are for the edition read.

(After a new edition is released, I might add a little "This review is of an older edition" type of comment to a review if I know about it. I wouldn't go into details like "review of an older edition before author paid a professional editor" or "review of an older edition before author fixed shit" type of comments because that would immediately skew your review into the negative versus letting your honest review of the edition read just be your honest review of the edition read.)

That whole concept of giving an author a chance to fix after publishing and before writing the review is why many readers are suspicious of authors reviewing authors.

We're quite used to nonfiction books getting new editions when new research/findings are made in that area of study but even then expect that would be every 1 to 5 years between editions clearly labeled edition 1, edition 2 sort of things.

We get very suspicious of a novel undergoing revision after revision after revision -- because that just screams not-ready-to-publish or publishing so that I can afford to get it ready for publishing or get free edits from my readers.

message 4: by Christie (new)

Christie Maurer Hoooh boy! I got caught in a similar situation many years back. The author (since deceased) was a former member of my critique group. We had all commented extensively on her work and suggested numerous changes.

One day I got a copy of her book in the mail. She'd self-pubbed and was asking for a review for Amazon. I opened it hopefully, but she hadn't made a single one of our suggested changes! The book was AWFUL! Flat dialogue, silly euphamisms, tell-not-show, off-the-wall motivations, impossible, unrealistic scenes, illogical... I e-mailed her to congratulate her on getting it out (it was the book of her heart) and shoved it under the pile on the back of my shelf. Some months later I got an e-mail from her wondering where my review was.

Zilch! I pulled it out and, holding my nose, wrote a 3-star review praising the 3 or 4 good scenes to the sky and wishing there were more like this.

Hope I never have to do that again.

E-mail the author before you do your review. Say you'd be able to do a better review if... and gently point out its numerous flaws. If it's self-pubbed it's not that hard to make even significant changes.

If you must write the review now, find SOMETHING to praise and really stress it (s/he spelled her name right); gently suggest that parts of it could use work.

message 5: by Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) (last edited Apr 09, 2015 12:34PM) (new)

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) On peer review sites (and most professional review sites/publications) is where you are pressured (sometimes even required) to find something to praise no matter how many negative things you have to say along with the praise.

Some of those sites even have a recommended or required "sandwich" format which opens with brief synopsis then anything negative should be sandwiched in between things you find to praise. The sandwich format is one of the most commonly used by professional reviewers.

I don't think on consumer/customer review sites (including goodreads and amazon) that there are a lot of rules for the reviews themselves if falling within TOS -- just supposed to be honest opinions. If there's anything else going on (including peer to peer reviews from writers groups, review exchanges, book received free for review, etc.) or any review conditions (including finding something to praise, getting preapproved by author or publisher before posting review, giving anyone a heads up before publishing review, minimum ratings required, etc.) -- has to be disclosed on sites subject to U.S. laws on consumer fraud.

message 6: by J.W. (new)

J.W. Hawkins Thanks for all the good pointers, i'm going to try and draft a constructive crit e-mail this afternoon, then put the review on my blog but not on commercial sites. Seems a fair compromise.

message 7: by J.W. (new)

J.W. Hawkins This is what I went with,

Dear *****,
I'm writing this E-mail so as to be constructive and as I do not like to write 'hatchet job' reviews. Your story '*******************' has some promise regards plot in that it has a lot of interesting ideas, such as invisibility, magic, good & evil. But I would like to add some points regards narrative that I hope you find helpful and constructive:

1. Throughout much of the story you have a tendency to 'tell and not show' what is happening. Here's one example of this The ball was held in the banquet hall on the main floor of the castle. The tables had been moved against the wall and were filled with bowls of fruit and mulled wine.

In this example your description of the setting is very dry and list-like. Think about how you could make the reader feel more as if she were there, perhaps use sensory descriptions or place a character in the centre of the description so that the reader can see the world you've created as she sees it.

2,There are a lot of grammar mistakes/typos etc which are always an annoyance to readers.

3. I feel that your characters could be fleshed out more, perhaps add anecdotal scenes that give more insight into their character. Why is ******* evil? What examples are there that show the difference between the two princesses characters, and how did one another's character effect the other when growing up? Try and write more from their perspective, describe the moment ****** realises he loves **** not just state it as a fact after the event.

4. Use narrative to make your readers ask questions, that is what drives a reader to continue, they formulate questions in their mind and they will continue reading until these questions are answered, and the trick is to ask a new question before answering the old one, so as to drive them on.

Little did ****** know that she was preparing a sleep potion, in order to steal the gauntlet.

In this extract you've told the reader what's going to happen before it happens, essentially removing the suspense from the scene. A better way would have been to perhaps not mention that ****** was going to steal the gauntlet but instead record *******'s confused and then angry reaction as he wakes up to discover the theft.

Like I said there are many good points to your story and the plot has promise if it's reworked. Christopher Paolini actually spent an entire year redrafting his first novel Eragon so it's nothing to be disheartened by. I would also recommend using an editor/proofreader, it is really essential that author's have another set of experienced eyes read their work and give unbiased advice. Again using an editor is nothing to be ashamed of, infact, every traditionally published author has one. I can recommend the lady I use, who is very good and very reasonably priced here's a link to her website.

Also getting people you trust the opinion of to be Beta-Readers before your book is published is another very helpful way to develop your writing.

I hope that you don't take this harshly and my words are interpreted as intended to be helpful.

Yours Sincerely, J.W Hawkins

I went with the sandwich idea

message 8: by Jon (last edited Apr 10, 2015 09:09AM) (new)

Jon Etheredge JW: (Nice writeup, by the way)

In the immortal words of Ashe ('Alien'), "You have my deepest sympathy." I suffer from Gruber's Syndrome, and would probably have recommended that he employ beta readers who are accustomed to working on a deadline and won't mince words - condemned prisoners, for example. No, wait. That would be cruel. To the prisoners.

I'm crafting a stock reply but it's not easy. I still get stuck in the same bog you found yourself in. In such a predicament, I found it helpful to quote Hemmingway: "All first drafts are sh*t." Only he didn't use an apostrophe.

I know it sounds as though the surgeons who implanted my Sarcasmotron left it stuck on "10", but you have to have your priorities in order. Do you want this "friend" to darken your doorway (or towels) again and again, or do you want a modicum of peace in your life?

Sometimes it's kinder to simply scream "GOD NO" and run away.

message 9: by Dennis (new)

Dennis Moulton This is toughy. I agree with everyone though that it is worth contacting the author and discussing issues before actually writing a review. We all want the best work we can have and we can all use constructive criticism. No one is perfect. The question is whether an author can distance themselves from their work long enough to not take such comments personally. Hell, my first work was up and had to be taken down Again for editing after conversion to some formats, for some reason, messed a lot of stuff up. I am sure it still has some errors. I mean, what work has NO errors? However, we all try to make it as polished as we can and part of that is making sure others can read it, see the logic, like the characters and story as we intend. If we write JUST to suit ourselves and don't take readers into account than we are doing ourselves a disservice. Feedback in any form is always welcomed, or should be, and should serve as a means to improve and refine our writing. Mind you, if things are negative, be tactful. When and if people have negative comments for me I'd appreciate them and take them to heart for other works, but I would prefer to be contacted about it privately before anyone goes spounting negativism publically first. Meh, just my two cents.

message 10: by Christine (last edited Apr 10, 2015 09:48AM) (new)

Christine Hayton I've been in the same situation and I think you have to be honest and review like you would any book.

The book I read was written by a member of my writers group and was her first book. It was awful. I am one of those people who get stopped dead by errors and I couldn't get past 30 pages. As a courtesy, I emailed the author and expressed my concerns.

She replied that it was fine and she wasn't going to change anything because it was selling okay. I put my honest review on Goodreads without a rating, but Amazon required one so I gave it 1 star.

I think you have to be honest and specific about the problems. Finding a couple scenes to praise for the sake of sounding positive makes no sense. We're not talking about an opinion of the story - we're talking about real errors. We assume the author is fragile and unable to deal with criticism. Maybe we need to start treating authors like adults.

The whole point is that any error-ridden book will cost the author in the long run. You never do anyone a favor when you sugarcoat the problems.

I'm a writer and like most writers I want honesty not an ego stroke. I can handle it and even learn from it. Honest opinions are very important.

One more thought - We have seen the angry authors, the retaliation, the tantrums that carpet bomb a book. IMHO I think it time for the literary community to grow up and help each other improve the quality and reputation of self-published books.

message 11: by Wayland (new)

Wayland Smith I can't claim to speak for anyone but me, but when I ask someone to review/beta/edit/whatever my work, my goal is to get better as a writer. If I wrote something that sucks, I need to know that, however much I don't want to hear it. I'd give actionable critiques (this scene doesnt' work for me because X), be as kind as honesty permits, and hope they're mature enough to know you're trying to help.

If it's a review for something that's published, again, be kind but honest. Or that's my thought, anyway.

message 12: by Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) (last edited Apr 10, 2015 12:40PM) (new)

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) @J.W.: Your email didn't sound nasty to me. But, I'm not the author being criticized; everyone reacts differently to even small criticisms.

J.W. wrote: " ...but not on commercial sites.."

"commercial sites"?

message 13: by Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) (last edited Apr 10, 2015 01:15PM) (new)

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) Dennis wrote: "This is toughy. I agree with everyone though that it is worth contacting the author and discussing issues before actually writing a review. We all want the best work we can have and we can all use ..."

Almost everyone, LOL. I happen to think there's a big dividing line between published and unpublished books.

Unpublished books to me mean the author gets all the feedback, criticisms, praise, etc. they want (or think they want so ask for). On unpublished books, authors definitely have a right to expect to be able to only have preapproved reviews of a draft version publicly posted. Any beta reader communications should stay private between author and readers.

It would never occur to many readers/consumers of published books to contact an author before posting a review. Many readers just buy a book and write their reading experiences never considering the author (or even having a clue how to contact if they wanted to).

Once you publish and possibly even ask someone to honestly review the book, that review should go just as public as the reviewer would with any other review; even if reviewing at a friend or fellow author's request, it shouldn't get treated any differently on consumer review sites than any other review you would write. A policy otherwise, because definitely would not be readily apparent to other readers—unless on commercial/paid review sites not mixing in with consumer reviews—should be disclosed in the review.

(Many other more experienced reviewers and bloggers as a courtesy will send the author either a full text copy of review or a link to the review on various sites, at least if author page/site had an easy way to contact. Many blog tours or ARC programs even require that.)

It's usually authors (or persons who know the author) who consider the author's feelings and hold back reviews as too critical or contact them first (peer reviews or connected reviews, which again, on consumer reviews like goodreads and amazon host need disclosing).

Holding back from posting some reviews because could hurt an author's feelings is headed towards I-only-post-positive reviews territory. Not necessarily wrong because there are people who only post about their enjoyed reads because they that's what they want to do, don't want to be negative or feel the bad ones already wasted enough of their time so refuse to spend the time reviewing it--that's their choice unless paid to review if only with a free book. But, makes a mockery (possibly even consumer fraud) of disclosing "received book free for honest review" unless you change the disclosures on your reviews (required if in with consumer reviews; not required for commercial reviews) to "received book free for review; I only review books I enjoy."

message 14: by J.W. (new)

J.W. Hawkins To be honest it's a toughy, i'm honestly considering just switching to reviewing books i choose to read opposed to taking requests.

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) J.W. wrote: "To be honest it's a toughy, i'm honestly considering just switching to reviewing books i choose to read opposed to taking requests."

Which requires zero disclosures.

Of course, sometimes a book you mark as wanting to read comes up in a free for review from the author ... or they notice it on your wishlisst and offer ...

The rules aren't that complicated. And only apply to sites hosting reader/consumer/customer reviews subject to U.S. law (for example, booklikes isn't yet a U.S. site and many publisher, author, and other review sites don't host customer/consumer/reader reviews).

Rule is just simply that when it's not a case of a reader on their own (or because "heard about" book from non-author/non-book-industry sources) reading a book they choose to review -- disclose what's behind it. Not limited to but definitely have to disclose anything received for a book (or any connection materially to the book like if you were paid to edit it or wrote it...).

Whatever you randomly read as a reader, review or not, nothing necessarily to disclose on goodreads (until regs tighten down on what is considered "peer reviews" because you are an author). Most readers will assume authors do take a different slant in their reviewing anyway.

Good luck with your blog.

message 16: by Lenita (new)

Lenita Sheridan Both my books have been workshopped. In fact, I had to defend the first one as my thesis for my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I followed all the advice of my professors down to changing the name of one of my main characters. So, I am an example of a person who did follow their professors' and writers' groups' advice.

message 17: by J.J. (new)

J.J. Lair When you look at my list of book read, I've read a variety of genres and authors. There were some free books that I really liked and there were some other books that I didn't care for.
As a Goodreads author, I know it take a lot of work to get a book out there. I try to find something to credit no matter what just because of the work involved.
It takes a lot of work to get a book out there and I salute everyone who does it even if I don't get it.
There is no hard and fast rule one has to post a review, if you really don't care for a book. (I would welcome reviews on my books if you have a copy).

message 18: by Konstantine (last edited Apr 13, 2015 05:13AM) (new)

Konstantine I actually welcome constructive criticism. Not just for writing, for ALL areas of life. So I don't, for the life of me, understand (or care about the emotions of) people that get "hurt" when you're only trying to help them become better. Any complaints from a person when they're faced with genuinely constructive criticism are only coming from the ego, so I usually ignore them. I think it is a sort of litmus test to weed out the good people from the bad, really. The better the person, the more they will be able to take constructive criticism. It's a scale. The ones lowest on the tolerance scale are basically psychopaths, i.e.: people that do not EVER think they have done/can do wrong. So, yeah, if you know in your heart you're giving the criticism for a noble purpose, then if the person has a hissy fit, the problem is with them, not you. I hope this makes sense, even if blunt lol. And, while we're on it, J.W, would you up for reading my book, too? It's only novella length. just thought I'd throw it out there...

message 19: by J.W. (new)

J.W. Hawkins Konstantine wrote: "I actually welcome constructive criticism. Not just for writing, for ALL areas of life. So I don't, for the life of me, understand (or care about the emotions of) people that get "hurt" when you're..."

Sure pm me a link, though it might have to wait a week as i have one or two things on my reading list.

message 20: by Lenita (new)

Lenita Sheridan I agree with D.A. Once a book is published it's ready for review. Critiques are for writers' groups to give. The author of a published book isn't going to redo their book once it's been published. Bad reviews, well, the author will have to handle those the best he can.

message 21: by Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) (last edited Apr 13, 2015 02:23PM) (new)

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) Lenita wrote: "I agree with D.A. Once a book is published it's ready for review. Critiques are for writers' groups to give. The author of a published book isn't going to redo their book once it's been published. ..."

Sometimes it's very easy to tell when an author versus a reader is reviewing.

I have little doubt that for every product I purchase that somewhere in the supply chain is someone who did work hard and who did very much care about the final product (possibly even the customer).

It would no more occur to me when reviewing a book to recognize how hard and how much effort an author takes to write and publish a book than I would recognize a factory employee's efforts to produce my Blue Ray player -- I'd just review the Blue Ray player.

Unless otherwise noted, I fully expect that consumer reviews are just of the product and that consumer's experience with it [ on consumer review sites not for commercial use like goodreads (and in the consumer review sections of other sites like which puts non-consumer reviews in the editorial description tab)].

Authors, even when not being gentler in recognition of the author's efforts/feelings, often look for very different things when reviewing. They can be harsher (as in book had something they learned the hard way not to do so now notice and criticize when found) or gentler (by projecting how much effort they put into their own books). Even before the worry that they don't want to be seen by other authors as "mean" and deserving to get bad reviews in return.

In no way do I think that means authors aren't readers and just as qualified to write consumer reviews. I've discovered and enjoyed many books from reviews/updates from my favorite authors. I happen to think the best authors are avid readers.

Not so bad on goodreads if reviewer has claimed their author profile because we can click through to see it's a review from an author and decide about the review for ourselves (wish we didn't have to click through to tell).

But, it does edge towards "peer reviews" -- and if reviewing a free-for-review book like everyone else on goodreads (and all U.S. sites) even authors have to disclose that "payment" and if getting a review in exchange (or assigned to review for a group/club/site/organization that gets your book reviewed by a completely different author in return) then that "payment" also needs to be disclosed.

I don't usually see any readers discussing reviewing books in recognition of an author's hard work. Or really anything about the author (or mechanics of putting out a book) -- unless author had been doing something worth discussing or something had been unfairly done to the author (one poor SF-genre-writing fellow unfortunately released a book under the exact same name as a religious-doctrine-writing fellow who had really attracted some irrate reviews so we were encouraging anyone writing reviews of his book to please point out that he wasn't that other author...). Oh, many reviewers will say something about the author's writing ability/style, new-to-me-author or favorite-author or another-bad/good-one-from-author type of comments; but, really, the author or the author's efforts never come into consideration for most readers when writing their opinion of the book they read. Most of us would never dream if author revised the book of re-reading with an eye to changing our review based on the "fixes" (authors have been known to and to ask reviewers to).

Just completely different viewpoints.

message 22: by Lenita (new)

Lenita Sheridan Konstantine wrote: "I actually welcome constructive criticism. Not just for writing, for ALL areas of life. So I don't, for the life of me, understand (or care about the emotions of) people that get "hurt" when you're..."

I wouldn't necessarily say they were psychopaths, that's for criminals; I would say they are stuck on themselves. I am often guilty of not giving credit to God. He is my inspiration.

message 23: by Linda (new)

Linda Rappoport Lenita wrote: "Konstantine wrote: "I actually welcome constructive criticism. Not just for writing, for ALL areas of life. So I don't, for the life of me, understand (or care about the emotions of) people that ge..."

Thanks for not labeling me a criminal. And not all psychopaths ( or sociopaths, as some shrinks link them together) are criminals. Some are doctors, lawyers, and politicians, who have learned to direct their limitations in a positive way. Since I have a psych background I've learned to recognize a few. As far as being stuck on myself, well maybe I am. But I'm now less sensitive about reviews after getting some reviews that loved the book because of the interaction between the characters, while others thought it was a distraction from the subplot which was about a psychotic killer. People are going to get different things from your writing depending upon their experiences and their culture. As a mentioned before, not everyone like the Bible.

message 24: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Granato The truth hurts, but it must be stated in order for growth to occur. Sugar coating is of no help when it comes to honing our skills as a writer.

message 25: by Linda (new)

Linda Rappoport Sherri wrote: "The truth hurts, but it must be stated in order for growth to occur. Sugar coating is of no help when it comes to honing our skills as a writer."

Yes sometimes the truth hurts, but sometimes it doesn't. If you can look at criticism in a positive and constructive way it could be beneficial. My point was that some people are going to like some things about your book and some people won't. I think it's also important that you yourself like what you write. I think when I received my first criticism (which by the way wasn't all that bad. The reviewer gave me 3 out or 4 stars), I was so surprised because the criticism was about the ending which several over reviewers raved about, including a literary agent. I'm over the shock and have a better understanding how different people will perceive your writing. Sometimes you should listen to them and sometimes you shouldn't.

I'm really happy the way my first book turned out. Whether it's going to sale or not no longer matters to me. I feel I did the best I could with the story and I'm pleased. It's now time to move on to another project. I'm hoping my skills will get better with time and experience.

I think all author's should realize that it's a lot easier to criticize than to create.

message 26: by Wayland (new)

Wayland Smith "No one ever built a statue of a critic."

message 27: by Sherri (new)

Sherri Granato Your last sentence about says it all Linda.

message 28: by Anna (new)

Anna Bendewald I guess for me I think of criticism in 2 forms. 1) My fearless editor who tells me exactly where my story needs improvement and why. 2) A reader who may or may not care for -or be the demographic for- my book.

I'm totally open to the fist type as it is constructive. It is not my intent to write for everyone's tastes so the 2nd type I ignore.

Is that elitist? No, just interested in preserving my sanity.

Anna B.

message 29: by Linda (new)

Linda Rappoport Anna wrote: "I guess for me I think of criticism in 2 forms. 1) My fearless editor who tells me exactly where my story needs improvement and why. 2) A reader who may or may not care for -or be the demographic f..."

You have arrived where every author should be. It's a longer journey for some of us, but worth the trip.

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) The OP was asking about emailing constructive criticism to the author -- fine.

If asked to beta read before published, pretty much a requirement and "the nature of the beast" unless the beta read agreement was an odd one.

Constructive criticism in consumer reviews (versus peer, paid or professional reviews) is ... well ... all over the map depending on how that customer/reader decided to review the already published book. Not very many outside of author-to-author and some bloggers think about it simply because too late -- book has been published. If anything a reviewer might pinpoint something that drove them nutty.

I personally don't offer constructive criticism very often on published books. When I write up a review it's just my opinion of my reading experience.

The last "constructive criticism" I remember offering in a book review was a tiny note that maybe the glossary of made-up stuff should have been at front of book or noted/linked at front (formatted very oddly in the ebook edition and I was noting in case different for print copy readers or so that next ebook readers knew to look for it so might enjoy their read more). Sporadically, something is a personal prejudice of mine I think other readers won't be bothered by and I'll note something.

It would just never occur to me, once a book was published, to write anything for the author's use like constructive criticism. I'm still not used to the ebook/POD system where authors can easily revise an edition; I see no reason since I'm not going to get the new editions as they come out to even consider that or basically anything beyond my own reading experience of the edition I read.

I loathe first drafts being published not as books ready for sale but to get reader input, hope reviews line edit for them, kickstarter funding for persistent cover changes, etc...I'm not the reader to welcome a revised piece of fiction (possibly a 10-year, 25-year, 50-year anniversary collector's edition or update).

It wouldn't tick me off as much if an ebook said "Beta Reader" or "Rough Draft" edition -- not sure what Amazon or other bookseller sites policy is on that. A published fiction book to me is a published book in what author/publisher considers absolutely the final form. And non-fiction books already published should have revisions only for new discoveries in their fields.

Again, that's me. Other reviewers will all review differently and may/may-not offer constructive details.

The usual method for authors to get constructive criticism is from beta readers, writer's groups, or editors.

(I'm flashing on an episode of TV sitcom Jane the Virgin where Jane has benefited from other writer's' groups where they all critique each other. So joins a new one with an author she is a fan of without reading the back of the flyer. The back of the flyer had the group rules which included, just like Buzzfeed, a requirement that all comments be positive, do not critique each other's works. So Jane offers constructive criticism like she would in her other writers groups, makes the lady cry and is then the pariah of the group ...hardly the way to get constructive criticism although I do understand some writers groups are basically just support groups. Probably not a good idea to ask for constructive criticism from people who (a) don't want to hurt your feelings, are prejudiced because they love you or won't risk a real life relationships (b) are too sympathetic to a writer's hard work to say anything negative (c) are mandated by "rules" to only offer positive reinforcement (d) aren't readers and have zero idea what you can expect from reader online reviews ... was a funny episode of Jane though.)

message 31: by David (new)

David Wake Wayland wrote: "No one ever built a statue of a critic."
Sherri wrote: "Your last sentence about says it all Linda."

But they have built little voodoo dolls to critics.

Debbie's Spurts (D.A.) David wrote: "But they have built little voodoo dolls to critics."

And effigies. Don't forget the ones they burned in effigy.

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