Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I know we, as authors, value our reviews. But do you think they ultimately make a difference in whether readers buy your work?

This question was posed on a blog I read, and the comments (9 of them) said that reviews mattered little compared to recommendations from friends and supporting writer friends.

I pondered this for a bit and wondered why I buy books, especially from a new author. And, you know what? I DO consider reviews IF they come from reputable source... I almost never use Amazon reviews because I don't think they're necessarily authentic.

I do read reviews at reviews sites and blogs, and I take them all into account before I buy. I don't trust one review, necessarily, but will compare several and see what they say.

I do prefer recommendations from friends, since they know me and my reading habits well. And I certainly support my author friends when they are published, but I don't think reviews can be discounted out of hand.

What do YOU think?


Helen Hardt said...

Reviews don't really make much of a difference to me, mainly because I've read so many conflicting ones. Recommendations from friends and other authors impact me much more. As an author, yes, I value reviews -- if they're good ;).

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Brenda ND said...

I sometimes read reviews after I've read the book and am surprised that the reviewer thought differently.