Dear Amazon, WTF????

Jennie Reads

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I’m on the naughty reviewer list.

I have posted about 250 reviews on Amazon over the last 8 years; products that I have bought and books that I have read.

Over the last 6 months I have had a few reviews for books by Indie Authors removed.  I broke a guideline without realizing it.  I had the gall to review a book my husband had already read and reviewed.  It seems that Amazon does not believe that I could have a different opinion than my husband.  That I would be biased because my husband had read the same book!  And since I tried to review the same book, my husband would also be biased as his review was removed too.

I have since read the complete Guidelines from Amazon several times and am very careful to follow them.

But, last week an indie author contacted me through my blog and…

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Are DNF reviews really all that helpful?

romarindemetri

This post is full of some hard truths.

When I became and author I made the decision to not leave “Did Not Finish” reviews, and will not currently leave anything less than 3 stars. Yes, reading is subjective, and not everyone will love your story, but the problem I see with DNF reviews is that a reader didn’t actually read through your whole book. Should they post about something they don’t know? That’s the question today.

As a writer, you’re going to catch a reviewer on a day that’s not–how shall I say it– good, and sometimes low stars and DNF reviews happen because a scapegoat is needed, and sometimes, you are the projection of their bad day. Other readers can spot these easily. Still, you spent months writing the book and are responsible for putting it out there, regardless of how people will react to it. You did this…

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